Wagon Train: Season 6, Episode 4

The Martin Gatsby Story (10 Oct. 1962)

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Wealthy merchant Martin Gatsby, a man with little room for compassion for the less able, wants the wagon train to keep rolling and demands that Hale leave Caleb Lefton and his family behind... See full summary »

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Denny Miller ...
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Wealthy merchant Martin Gatsby, a man with little room for compassion for the less able, wants the wagon train to keep rolling and demands that Hale leave Caleb Lefton and his family behind, because the inexperienced Lefton is often causing delays. Written by rbecker28

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A self made man
27 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Fred Clark guest stars in this Wagon Train episode as a self made man who measures his total worth in the cash on hand and the various toys he's acquired for himself and his wife. They have no children but at least Clark's wife Virginia Christine empathizes with a poor and struggling family consisting of husband and wife James McCallion and Jocelyn Brando and their daughter Terry Burnham.

As a man used to getting his own way Clark tries throwing his weight around with John McIntire who tells him who runs the Wagon Train in no uncertain terms. As for McCallion and family, they're a dirt poor bunch whose bad outfit and inability to handle same may hold up the Wagon Train.

Giving the title role of Clark's character the last name of Gatsby was no accident. F. Scott Fitzgerald's more famous Gatsby was definitely a man of pretensions as his Clark's character, just different kinds of pretensions. As for McCallion and Brando, they also face a crisis during the episode and find they have more in common than you would originally think.

I thoroughly enjoyed this episode and the stellar performances given by the whole ensemble. The story is a wonderful parable about values both real and misplaced.


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