Wagon Train: Season 1, Episode 4

The Ruth Owens Story (9 Oct. 1957)

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Ruth Owens remarries and is moving west with her new husband. When her brother comes looking for her, he stirs up trouble for her about her past and himself because he just killed a man.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Owens
Kent Smith ...
Prof. Paul Owens
Jimmy Drew
Russell Simpson ...
Mr. Carr
John Bixby
Ralph Moody ...
Uncle Foster Carr
Wagon Train Passenger
Ann Morrison ...
Wagon Train Passenger
Charles Seel ...
Wagon Train Passenger
Ross Elliott ...
Ralph Carr
Harry Tyler ...
Mr. Williams
Emerson Treacy ...
George Hankes
Terry Wilson ...


Jimmy Drew arrives at the train looking for his sister Ruth. He was told in St. Louis at a saloon that she was seen with the train after she left there. When he tells Lank Carr where she was from he tells Jimmy no woman with that background could be on the train. As the argument heats up, Lank pulls a knife and tries to stab Jimmy who shoots and kills him. Lank's blind uncle hears the confrontation. Jimmy is caught and saved from a lynching by the Major. Jimmy's sister Ruth who is remarried to a school teacher spots him and tells Jimmy that she did have a past she has tried to put behind her. Jimmy is so hurt he decides not to defend himself until his sister tells the truth at the trial. Jimmy then gives his defense and the uncle and brother confess about hearing the fight and hiding the knife. Ruth is relieved to learn her husband does not care about her background. Written by anonymous

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9 October 1957 (USA)  »

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