Wagon Train: Season 1, Episode 5

The Les Rand Story (16 Oct. 1957)

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Les Rand, just released from prison for murder, goes back home to kill the man he held responsible; his father, the doctor. Meanwhile, Flint is there to fetch the doctor to help someone injured. Les vows that no one will stand in his way.

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Les Rand
Sally Brophy ...
Evie Tarback (as Sallie Brophy)
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Dr. Rand
Eugene Mazzola ...
Mike Rand (as Eugene Martin)
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Ray Tarback
Linda Watkins ...
Lottie Tarback
John Dierkes ...
Tom Olsen
Frank McGrath ...
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Warden (as Russ Thorson)
Ted Mapes ...
Fred Buffum
James Philbrook ...
Wagon Driver
Shooting Star ...
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Trouble ensues when paroled convict Les Rand returns home after seven years to settle a score with his once alcoholic father. Believing that Dr. Rand was solely responsible for the death of his beloved Pawnee wife, Akiya. Meanwhile, Flint seeks the help of Dr. Rand after the cook is severally injured by a collapsed wagon. But the townsfolk prejudice towards Indians, warn Flint of a notorious gunslinger Les Rand, and that Dr, Rand is out of town on errands. Waiting for the Doc's return, Flint befriends Les despite the townsfolk attempt to pit one against another, to hide the truth of Akiya's death. Meanwhile, Les rekindles his old flame for Evie, adopted mother of his seven-year-old son Mike Rand. Written by Anonymous

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Fathers, sons, and grandsons
13 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Robert Horton has to go for a doctor in the next settlement after a wagon falls on Frank McGrath. The problem is that Eduard Franz the doctor has a son recently released from prison who has a number of scores to settle. One of them being his own father who when he was a kid was the town drunk.

But that's not Sterling Hayden's only reason. He holds Franz responsible for the death of his wife who was an Indian. Maybe even more so than the people who actually did the deed.

Hayden gives a fine performance as one vengeful man who has to come to grips with the fact he also has a son to start raising and take that burden from Franz. And Horton has to prevent him from killing Franz before he can take him to the Wagon Train.

Nice episode with a good family touch.


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