Hawks rides to the John Kaylor ranch to buy horses for the train but John just died. His widow Naomi refuses to sell the horses at the price John had promised. Naomi shows no sorrow over her husband's death, only wanting to sell the ranch.

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Duke Shannon (credit only)
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The wagon train is losing horses at a rate of 5-8 a day due to grazing on locoweed which is ultimately fatal. Running short of horses Chris decides to send Bill Hawks on ahead to the John Kaylor horse ranch for fifty replacement horses. Chris and John are old friends and Kaylor had written to Chris saying he would sell Chris all the horses he needs for $10 a piece. Chris last saw the Kaylors nine years earlier when the daughter at the age of nine agreed to marry Chris. Bill arrives to find a funeral ceremony at the cemetery for the burial of John Kaylor. Bill returns to the ranch with Grace and her step-mother, Naomi. The foreman handling affairs for Naomi raises the price to $20 a head angering Bill. At dinner it becomes evident that Naomi is not mourning her husband's death and her interest is in money and travel. Naomi is quite beautiful as she was 30 years younger than her husband. In contrast the daughter Grace is much plainer but one of the ranch hands, Tom, is in love with her.... Written by Anonymous

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The Merry Widow of the plains
23 December 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Wagon Train horses have gotten into some loco weed and have become useless and sick. John McIntire has a friend in a local rancher and he sends Terry Wilson with a letter of agreement to buy 50 horses at ten dollars a head with the cash to buy.

But Wilson arrives just in time for the man's funeral and to see a genuinely grieving daughter in Natalie Trundy and a trophy second wife in Joan Fontaine.

Fontaine has no intention of honoring that letter and neither does her boyfriend, foreman Fred Bier. They want far more money to pay for the expensive lifestyle she's become accustomed.

But lawyer James Bell brings news of a fresh will that leaves the ranch to Trundy and an allowance of 30 silver dollars a month for Fontaine to live on. I think her late husband was trying to tell her something.

Good thing Terry Wilson is around because a target goes right up on Trundy's back.

In the end a just punishment is given to Fontaine and the writers must have been familiar with British history and the story of Robert Carr, the Duke of Somerset.

On that cryptic note I commend this Wagon Train episode to you and for you to enjoy Joan Fontaine in this role. She's some piece of work.


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