Wagon Train: Season 3, Episode 13

The Ruth Marshall Story (30 Dec. 1959)

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Flint goes to look for a white woman lost in a battle with the Sioux eleven years earlier. A Sioux brave wounds Flint followed by Flint shooting the brave. A white woman who doesn't speak and lives with four wolves finds and treats Flint.

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Major Seth Adams (archive footage)
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Luana Patten ...
Ruth Marshall
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Mike Keene ...
Amos Marshall
Robert Bice ...
Basca (as Bob Bice)
Sam Capuano ...
Fred Sherman ...
Ottie
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With the wagon train stopped 3 days for repairs, Flint rides off into Sioux territory to look for a white girl who disappeared 11 years ago in the same area. Her father Amos Marshall is on the train hoping to find his daughter who was 8 when the 5 wagon train they were on was attacked and he was the only survivor. When Flint is shot in the thigh by a Sioux arrow, Flint shoots the brave. The brave, son of Chief Red Cloud, crawls to his village while Flint is rescued and tended to by a white woman who never speaks and lives with four wolves. The woman thought by the Sioux to be related to the white buffalo woman is asked by Red Cloud's men to tend to his wounded son but she refuses. However, the men see Flint's hat and tell Red Cloud she has a white man with her. Red Cloud has Flint brought to their village where he is hung by his arms. Red Cloud plans to kill Flint unless his son clears him. The woman -- who may well be the missing Ruth Marshall -- then saves Flint's life by agreeing ... Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Red Cloud - Indian Chief: Will white woman who live with wolves come to heal my son?
Flint McCullough: I don't know.
Red Cloud - Indian Chief: Without her magic, our warriors will sicken and die, but she will come to save you.
Flint McCullough: She won't.
Basca: Then you will die.
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Robert Horton is hung -- by his wrists -- in a "talky" episode
15 December 2006 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Robert Horton supposedly liked doing this episode because, since the guest star -- Luana Patten -- never speaks, he got to do more than the usual amount of dialog. Too bad some of this dialog borders on the silly, as when he describes to Luana the great wide world that exists beyond the edges of her forest. And it's too bad this story-line is repeatedly and tiresomely interrupted by scenes back at the wagon train which are apparently meant as comic relief. (Lots of jokes about the cook's lack of culinary skills.) In this episode, Horton also gets to display one of his trademark specialties: he squirms, sweats, and suffers in a bondage/torture scene which shows off his bare chest. For this scene he's suspended by his wrists from a horizontal bar with his feet dangling a few inches above the ground. His Sioux captors have plans to kill him but the exact method isn't described. Probably something slow, bloody, and agonizing. Horton never shaved his chest-hair for these "beefcake" moments and he obviously didn't shave under his arm either. As he dangles by his wrists, the camera moves in for a close-up shot and you can almost smell the sweat coming out of his hairy armpits. (Fans of Horton's bondage-torture-beefcake scenes will also want to check out two other episodes: "The Gabe Carswell Story" in which he's staked out and left to broil under the sun, and "The Traitor" in which he's given 20 lashes across his bare back.) One unanswered question. After being shot in the upper right thigh by a Sioux arrow, he's nursed by the mute, mysterious white woman played by Luana Patten. In order to treat his wound, did she first have to take off Horton's pants?


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