Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Lieutenant Burton Story 

A young lieutenant on his first assignment must face an overbearing, murderous sergeant who is determined to kill two deserters in cold blood. The sergeant wounds Chris thinking he is one of them and into a feud with Flint at the train.



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Episode cast overview:
Lt. Burton
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Sgt. Kile
Ray Stricklyn ...
Danny Maitland
Brett King ...
Cpl. Ben Rawlings
Ray Baumann ...
Paul Timpkins
Susan Lane


Sgt. Kile and Cpl. Ben Rawlings are on a mountain peak when they see two men riding on a mountain trail in the distance. Kile takes a shot at the men wounding one of them which happens to be Chris riding with Duke. The Sgt. is part of a patrol under rookie Lt. Burton who is on his first assignment after arriving from West Point two weeks ago. Chris and Duke take cover thinking they are under attack from scavengers when the patrol arrives lead by Lt. Burton who apologizes for Kiles. The patrol is looking for two young men who deserted from Kiles' company. Lt. Burton tells Chris and Duke who realize Sgt. Kiles is running things how he would be lost without Sgt. Kiles who knows it since Lt. Burton is so new. The patrol moves on while Chris and Duke return to the wagon train. There they learn the two deserters were with the train for a couple days working to obtain supplies. They have left with instructions from Flint. The troop tracking the deserters ends up at the wagon train where ... Written by Anonymous

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28 February 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Wagon Train?
16 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Dean Jones is a baby-faced military commander with a gung ho sargeant trying to find two deserters. Things progress with the sargeant to the point where he shoots John McIntyre (in the arm), kills three innocent indians and fights Robert Horton (who actually appears in this episode) over the water barrel.

Then there is a final showdown with the two deserters who are trying to turn themselves in.

Stands as an early Jones appearance, and Jones actually shows his capability, again as compared to all the extreme performing going on around him from the sargeant and the young girl smitten with one of the running soldiers.

Jones makes it all worthwhile, but in watching four episodes so far, I can't help but notice how these plots could just as easily be placed in a NY delicatessen or LA restaurant with a series of incoming and outgoing characters. There really seems to be very little Wagon Train to be seen.

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