Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Martin Onyx Story 

A man finds a corpse that looks remarkably like himself. On an impulse he takes on the persona of the dead man only to find he was a living legend of west and had made a lot of enemies along the way.





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Episode cast overview:
Flint McCullough
Christopher Hale (credit only)
Martin Onyx
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
First Killer
Angus Breck
Jebedaih Giddings
Second Killer
BIlly Bales
Tamar Cooper ...
Aggie Thatcher
David Leland ...
Sheriff Terran


As Martin Onyx, a famous guide and scout, bends over to fill his canteen at a water hole in the desert, a single shot kills him fired by two men waiting for him. They leave the body where it fell. Later, a man on foot finds the body and takes an interest in his hat. When he rolls the body over he discovers he looks almost identical to the dead man. A telegram on the body says that the mayor of Purgatory Wells is waiting for Martin to fill a job the town has. The man takes the dead man's clothes as he has decided to take his name since there may be money to be had. The man stumbles on Flint and Duke's camp at a small water source. They are scouting for water for the train. The fake Martin Oynx takes their cooked rabbit at gun point but passes out. Flint stays with the sick man while Duke goes back to the wagon train to guide it to Purgatory Wells. Flint soon realizes Martin isn't who he says he is but decides to keep it to himself as Purgatory Wells is hoping Martin will save their ... Written by Anonymous

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3 January 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The role of a lifetime
6 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

An itinerant actor played by Jack Warden left stranded on the prairie comes across the body of a noted frontiersman Martin Onyx. Struck by the resemblance to him, Warden exchanges clothes with the corpse and buries him. Later he comes across both Robert Horton and Denny Miller and passes out from lack of food or drink. They take him at his word he's the real frontiersman, but Horton has his suspicions.

A letter in the pocket of the deceased says he was riding to the next town the Wagon Train is scheduled to come to. Of course Warden is greeted with all the fanfare due his celebrity. But it sure comes as a big shock to the two guys who thought they back shot him on the prairie.

Those are the ingredients and at the climax actor Warden gets to play the role of a lifetime. His attitude is not unlike Leslie Howard's in The Petrified Forest.

Warden gives a fine world weary performance, a must for fans of his work.

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