Having just left St. Joseph Hale tells everyone there are no Indians when in fact two escaped Comanche captives steal two horses and show up at the wagon trains first stop. The female wants to kill a man there - her cowardly husband.
The Hale wagon train left St. Joseph four days ago but are already stopping at Kincaid to pick up supplies. Supposedly there have been no Indians in the area for years but at Kincaid a defiant young brave and a squaw turn up at the wagon train stop. The town's female boss Kate Crowley won't release Hale's needed provisions, to keep the caravan at a standstill and its staff there to help her. Nothing about the situation is as it seems, including that the woman is hiding a knife to murder the town's most prominent citizen. Kate takes the squaw with her but the brave is turned over to Cooper Smith and wagon master Christopher Hale. Until their situation is resolved Chris is caught between getting his wagons rolling, keeping his men and the brave from killing each other, and satisfying the town's woman boss one way or another. They learn both Comanches are really white captives and the woman has a surprising past which will upset some prominent lives in Kincaid. Written by
Molly's tombstone states she died in 1855. Molly states she was held captive by the Comanche for 13 years, placing this episode in or about the year 1868. Kate Crawley's wearing a Union soldier's cap also indicates the setting is post-Civil War. See more »
Mr. Hale, is that how the Indians get a girl, just give her folks a couple horses?
Yep. Pretty pitiful, isn't it?
Pitiful? Why, I thought Indians were supposed to be uncivilized. That's a great idea!
You're a young man. You and I better find a place to talk. Someplace quiet. With lots of birds... bees.
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Season 7 kicks off with John McIntire ready to get his Wagon Train moving and also to see what that new scout he's hired is made of. This was also Robert Fuller's debut in the role of Cooper Smith.
Old friend and freighting outfit owner Barbara Stanwyck is holding up the Wagon Train by withholding their supplies because she needs McIntire's help. Two white captives have come to town and she's got her hands full keeping the town from lynching them. Carolyn Jones sadly remembers when she was a wife to Ray Danton and a mother and vows to kill Danton for deserting her and leaving her to be captured. The boy she raised played by Fabian has known nothing but Comanche ways and has a difficult time adapting to white society.
It's a nice story, but personally I have my doubts whether Danton and Jones could ever make a second try at marriage, too much has passed between them.
As for Fabian maybe he can adjust, but it will take time and patience for those around him.
Interestingly enough Barbara Stanwyck played a mother with a small child who escaped Indian captivity in Trooper Hook. And Fabian appeared with cast member Michael Burns in Mr. Hobbs Takes A Vacation with Jimmy Stewart a few years before.
Barbara Stanwyck's character was introduced here, later on she would have an episode to herself in the season.
A lot of familiar faces kick off Wagon Train's 7th season in grand style.
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