Wagon Train: Season 5, Episode 17

The Malachi Hobart Story (24 Jan. 1962)

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Duke comes across Malachi Hobart, a preacher who has dedicated his life to his fellow man, and comes away impressed with the man's charitable works. However, he soon begins to believe that ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Flint McCullough (credit only)
Denny Miller ...
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Malachi Hobart
Martha Gresham
Wally Brown ...
George Gresham
Roy Standish (as Stevan Darrell)
Fern Barry ...
Leona Standish
Robert E. Dugan ...
The Man


Duke comes across Malachi Hobart, a preacher who has dedicated his life to his fellow man, and comes away impressed with the man's charitable works. However, he soon begins to believe that the preacher is in fact a con artist who is using religion to swindle people out of their money. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Duke and the Preacher
28 June 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

As the Wagon Train moves, Duke (Denny Miller) is out scouting the terrain. Meanwhile, traveling preacher Franchot Tone (as Malachi Hobart) settles down to camp for the night. Duke, afoot due to problems with his saddle, is relieved to encounter Mr. Tone, who shares his food and campfire with the younger man. Tone ministers, "We are all brothers under the sky." In the morning, Tone fixes Duke's saddle. Duke leaves very impressed, and perhaps naively enthralled, with the charismatic preacher.

Before re-joining the Wagon Train, Duke visits feisty old Irene Ryan (as Martha Gresham); and, he learns her boozing husband has drowned. When a sobered-up Wally Brown (as George Gresham) turns up alive, Duke learns the old couple were bilked out of $300.00 by Tone, who is revealed a fraud. Duke decides to find the unholy minister; pretending to be a friend, he invites Tone to join the Wagon Train…

The resulting dramatics may be predictable; but, they are deftly handled, by writer Ken Kolb and the Wagon train crew. Train master Chris Hale (John McIntire) takes a back seat, as the episode focuses on Mr. Miller's attractive "Duke" character. Miller performs well with veteran Tone, who performs marvelously as the bilking preacher. Tone explains, "I tell people what they want to hear. I revive their faith in miracles."

Ms. Ryan and Mr. Brown are noteworthy among the typically fine supporting players. After this appearance, Ryan began her successful episodic career as "Granny" on "The Beverly Hillbillies". Conversely, Brown's career was over; he died shortly before this episode aired. It must have been startling to see his character "come back from the dead"; still, his appearance in "The Malachi Hobart Story" is served by a coincidently reverential tone. The script affirms the characters' (Christian) faith.

****** The Malachi Hobart Story (1/24/62) David Butler ~ Franchot Tone, Denny Miller, John McIntire

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