Wagon Train: Season 3, Episode 20

The Ricky and Laurie Bell Story (24 Feb. 1960)

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Laurie and Ricky Bell uproot and go West, leaving their comforts in Baltimore. When she announces she is pregnant, he is less than happy as he feels she has just made their lives more complicated especially where it concerns his needs.



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Episode cast overview:
Flint McCullough (credit only)
Ricky Bell
Laurie Bell
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Aunt Elizabeth


Ricky and Laurie Bell live in Baltimore, Maryland married for twelve years. Both came from high society but Ricky has lost the family fortune and the two decide to go west. At St. Joe Ricky signs up with Major Adams and buys the necessary supplies and equipment only to learn Laurie is pregnant. They decide to stay at St. Joe for a year until the baby is born with Ricky working at a blacksmith shop. The following year Ricky convinces Adams to allow them to apply the previous year's non-refundable deposit to the current year and train. The couple's relationship is strained as Ricky resents the attention Laurie pays to the baby. The divide increases until the train is hit with a deadly fever. Ricky sees it as his chance to be a hero by helping with the sick while allowing him to be separated from Laurie. Ricky comes down with the fever himself forcing Laurie to choose between the baby and helping Ricky. Adams tells her to stay with the baby. Once the fever dissipates Ricky recovers but ... Written by Anonymous

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The wrong time to be a father
23 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Wagon Train features James Gregory and June Lockhart as a pair of easterners from Baltimore making the trip west. They have to as Gregory dissipated the family fortune and this trip is an opportunity to start fresh as it was with so many who went west.

They made an attempt the year before, but did not make the trip as Lockhart broke the news she was pregnant. Gregory was not thrilled at the prospects of being a father, the baby is coming right at the wrong time. The trip is postponed a year and his aunt from Baltimore played by Ann Doran shows up to help with the baby. She does more than that, she takes over and when Lockhart gives her the heave ho she puts a curse on them.

Later on when they do take the Wagon Train the two go through a rough patch when some fever breaks out.

This was not one of the best episodes, but fans of the show should like it. The problems these two have seem rather artificial or were artificially written. Ann Doran's character leaves abruptly and I wish we saw more of her. Lockhart and Gregory give good performances however and it's decent enough, but far from the best of the Wagon Train stories.

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