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Flint McCullough (credit only)
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Mark Miner and his younger brother Matthew join the wagon train after making it appear their own wagon has broken down. The passengers of the train enjoy Mark's guitar and singing, but soon items and money begin disappearing. What they don't realize is that the two brothers want to frame Duke Shannon for the thievery, because they blame him for the imprisonment of their father and want revenge for it. Written by anonymous

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15 November 1961 (USA)  »

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Two of the greatest young actors guest star as brothers
2 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Both Brandon De Wilde and Michael Burns who play brothers in this episode are two of the most fascinating actors in my viewing experience. I remember De Wilde with Alan Ladd in Shane and later as younger brother to both Warren Beatty in All Fall Down and Paul Newman in Hud plus many other roles. Sadly he passed away at 30 following an accident. Burns, on the other hand, left acting and had degrees from both University of California and Yale, went on to write a well respected history book and was then a college professor for 22 years. When I was a kid there was something about Burns that always impressed me and finding out later his accomplishments didn't surprise me. An extremely sensitive and intelligent actor who even starred in a Robert Altman film with Sandy Dennis, Burns was a bit young here and had not hit his stride but would later become one of the regulars featured in the Wagon Train franchise as character Barnaby West.

The story itself is clever enough with some tension and mystery and while not one of my favorites it was still wonderful to see these two young, extremely talented fellows work together as brothers.

I might give this one a 10 just for the superb casting choices but there is something here once again involving the cook, Charlie Wooster, that is supposedly humorous yet by today's standards it would be considered bullying. I know Charlie would feel left out if not picked on some because he picks back but looking at it today I'm surprised how far his "whipping boy" part can be pushed and considered funny. I wish there was a special feature entitled What Charlie Wooster was REALLY Feeding his Tormentors! I'm sure Frank McGrath didn't mind playing the part of having to endure constant ribbing as well as Terry Wilson, one of the worst at dishing it out, since both got to be real stars for a change for 8 seasons with a good, steady income. I think that Wilson did some stand in work for John Wayne and stunt work and he's also a fine actor. I was never a big Denny Miller fan but he certainly didn't hurt the series. It hurt the series to lose Ward Bond and again when Robert Horton left the series. Still, overall Wagon Train was one of the best shows of any kind during it's 8 year run.


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