Wagon Train: Season 1, Episode 35

The Rex Montana Story (28 May 1958)

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On one final push to the west, a wild west showman runs into some old friends. Some that were part of a massacre that almost cost them their lives and one man his sanity.

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James Dunn ...
Clyde Winslow
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Rex Hankins / Montana
Kristine Miller ...
Loetha
Peter Whitney ...
Rodney Miller
Margaret Field ...
Milly Clark (as Maggie Mahoney)
Joseph Vitale ...
Chenwakee
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Butch Bernard ...
Timmy Clark
Myron Healey ...
Bill Miller
Frank J. Scannell ...
Griff (as Frank Scannell)
Ralph Reed ...
Rodd Redwing ...
Tahzan
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At Salt Lake City the train encounters Rex Montana and his wild west show. He is a hero due to dime novels written by Clyde Winslow which started based on the Bear Tooth Pass Massacre involving Rex Hankins using details given to Clyde by Rex. Due to the success of the book and others Clyde found Rex who could shoot but was otherwise a somewhat despicable person to create the wild west show. They kidnapped Loetha, an Indian girl from the Paiute Tribe whose country the train is crossing as it leaves Salt Lake City plus they found a Cherokee Indian Chenwakee to play her dad. Loetha is in love with Rex but he has eyes only for other women. In Salt Lake City Clyde spots Rodney Miller who he later learned was the real hero of the Bear Tooth Pass Massacre but Rodney has lost his mental facilities due to the massacre. His brother Bill tends to him and when he learns Rodney met Rex he tracks Rex to the train but Rex kills Bill. This drives Clyde to decide to put things right with the Indians ... Written by Anonymous

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Print the legend
6 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although Ward Bond didn't live to see The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance which was done by his mentor John Ford he certainly took a bit from the philosophy of that film about printing the legend when it comes from the American west. In the Rex Montana Story Bond comes up with one of the dime novel heroes of the old west, the fictionalized Rex Montana. And the man who created him, Ned Buntline wannabe James Dunn.

Dunn's creation is played by Forrest Tucker someone he typecast to be a western hero. Tucker was not the hero of an Indian attack, that honor belongs to Peter Whitney now a dissolute drunk who is taken care of by his brother Myron Healey, courtesy of facing down those Indians singlehandedly.

Modeled somewhat after Buffalo Bill Cody, Tucker's Rex Montana can ride and shoot, but is an absolute cad in his private life, an image that Dunn has created and guarded zealously. Tucker has even taken an Indian mistress, a Paiute princess played by Kristine Miller and the Paiutes are wanting her back.

Leaving Salt Lake City, the Wagon Train has to go through Paiute country. And James Dunn is having second thoughts about his creation since Tucker treats him and everyone else who really knows him like trash. One way or another Forrest Tucker is going to be having his past catch up to him on the trip west.

Dunn and Tucker give a good pair of matched guest star performances. And Ward Bond as the hard working wagonmaster is contrasted nicely with the publicity built Tucker. It is people like Bond who were the real builders of civilization as the story goes.


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