In the midst of a dry spell and desperately in need of water, the wagons stop at Mavis Grant's station, the only source of water for miles. But Miss Grant is a bitter and cold hearted woman who demands an outrageous price for the





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Hale
Charlie Wooster
Bill Hawks
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
John Maitland
Anna Karen ...
Gerald Morgan
Tom Morgan
Jerry Oddo ...
Jerry Riggio ...
Yvonne White ...
Mrs. Folsom
John McKee ...
Mr. Folsom


The wagon train is in an arid section of the west and has been finding the water holes dry or poisoned leaving it short of water. Chris has sent Duke ahead to scout for water but he has not returned and the notes he has left say no water. Chris knows he can stop at Mavis Grant's outpost where she has a deep well that always has water. However, he has heard that she sells the water at prices meant to strip her customers of everything she can get. Complicating the situation is a member of the wagon train, John Maitland, a merchant. Chris asks the members of the train to follow his lead in making it appear they are not hurting for water. However, Maitland doesn't agree and upon entering the outpost yells out that the well is their savior telling Grant that they are hurting. With Duke not back yet Chris is in a quandary. The people are willing to pay $5 a barrel but Mavis wants $25. Chris decides to go on half rations to save money but Mavis' scout returns saying there is no water ahead. Written by Anonymous

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Oomph girl has the water and rights to same
11 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Ann Sheridan plays the hard bitten title role in this Wagon Train episode, one of the best they had after John McIntire took over as wagonmaster.

Warner Brothers former Oomph Girl is sitting on top of a well that her late husband dug at his trading post. When there's a drought and the Wagon Train is dealing with a big drought it's the only water for miles around. And Sheridan with her Indian guards makes the passing settlers pay dear for it.

John McIntire is really up against it with Sheridan. She'd just as soon see the members of the Wagon Train die of thirst on the desert. Nothing moves this woman until she meets Mary Jayne Saunders and sees her in the same kind of plight she was in so very long ago.

Sheridan really dominates this episode in a role that you would normally see Barbara Stanwyck do. In the end Sheridan proves all too human to the relief of everyone.

And with some recent discussion about water and it's availability on the planet, this story has an all too frightening relevancy fot today.

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