Wagon Train: Season 3, Episode 17

The Larry Hanify Story (27 Jan. 1960)

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On his deathbed, Joe asks Flint to look after his 17-year old son Larry Hanify and get him to California. There was one catch. His latest escapade put him in jail awaiting trial for armed robbery.

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Larry Hanify
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Cynthia Chenault ...
Aggie Donovan (as Cindy Robbins)
Orville Sherman ...
Joe Hanify
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Jed Jurgis
Dan Riss ...
Kelleher
Olan Soule ...
M.T. McBee (as Olan Soulé)
Wally Moon ...
Sheriff Bender
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At Morgan Falls Joe Hanify comes into the train dying of consumption asking for Flint. He asks Flint to take his 17-year old son Larry and $342 to his brother in California. Flint takes Joe's body to Morgan Falls finding Larry in jail for robbery and the scourge of the town. Flint persuades the Sheriff to release Larry to him with the warning that the boy's actions are on Flint's head. Flint opts to not share Larry's past with anyone in camp. Larry settles in well, friendly with Aggie Donovan and a great singer. Flint leaves on a scouting mission returning to Arapaho finding an employee of the train Callahan drunk and mad. At camp a watch and $20 piece were stolen. Larry told Adams he saw Callahan steal the watch which was found in his bedroll. Flint questions Larry but he is convincing as usual. That night Larry goes to Arapaho trying to win big in a poker game with the $20 but loses $250. He returns asking Aggie for help but she refuses as she doesn't trust him. After Larry leaves, ... Written by Anonymous

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Teenage Rampage!
15 December 2012 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

If you ever want to see a story where the lead character (played by Tommy Sands), is a vile, conniving snake, this is it. I rarely find myself despising a character as much as I did Tommy Sands, but there is something really slimy about him. He looks devious, and he is one of those slick talking guys that can always shift the blame for anything to somebody else.

Sands is great playing a total sleaze. His father arrives at the Wagon Train, dying, and asks Robert Horton (who was an old war buddy), to take his son, little teenage Larry, under his wing. Horton goes to town, where he discovers everyone in town despises Larry, who is in jail awaiting trial. Little Larry (Sands), is crying, and telling Horton how he is the victim, because his Mom was a saloon girl, and the town has it in for him.

The story goes on from there, and you have to see it to believe it. Horton persuades the town judge to release the kid to his custody, and the only condition the judge wants is that little Larry Hanify never returns to their entire territory! Once Larry arrives at the Wagon Train, he charms the cutest girl (Cynthia Chenault), beguiles everyone with his singing, and then all hell breaks loose!

Horton has to go scouting for a few days, and when he returns, the real Larry has already been at work among the folks of the Wagon Train, and it gets even worse from there.

This is an interesting episode. It goes to show how the road to hell can be paved with good intentions, and never judge a book by its cover (in reverse). The story is very well plotted. The pace is not forced, and you see how Sands runs the crowd, and gradually cons them into trusting him, and then uses that to his advantage.

Tommy Sands had a really annoying personality in every show I ever saw him in. He always seems to be a nasty guy with a smart mouth. In None But the Brave, I kept hoping a grenade or mortar would land on him. Here, he is in really fine form as a teenage hooligan, gigolo, sleazeball, etc.

Overall, I give this episode a ten because it manages to be offensive and outrageous without looking like it was trying. It just plods along, and one thing, and then another, and before long it is looking very grim. The whole story just creeps up on you.


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