Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Sarah Drummond Story 

During a storm, Flint takes shelter at a farmhouse. He soon discovers the husband is refusing his wife the care of a midwife and before it's too late for her he needs to find out why.



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Episode cast overview:
Sarah Drummond
Jeb Drummond
Walt Archer
Lorna Thayer ...
Ethel Archer
Bill Hawks (credit only)
Grayce Mills ...
Mother Archer (as Grace Mills)
Debby Hengen ...
Molly Archer
Red Hawk's Squaw


Flint is sent to mail letters for the train and buy the Major gum drops. On his return trip a massive rain storm forces him to stop at a home to see if he can take shelter there. Jeb Drummond and his expectant wife Sarah agree to feed him and let him sleep in the barn for which he gives Sarah the Major's gum drops. The next morning when Sarah realizes the baby is coming, Jeb refuses her the services of a midwife. However, Flint goes after the midwife at Sarah's urging. The midwife is the wife of Walt Archer who leads the community in hating Indians due to the death of his father at their hand and the catatonic state it put his mother in. When the baby is born, it reveals that Sarah was raped by an Indian and that Jeb wants Sarah to give the baby to the Indians. Walt makes it worse by saying Sarah should have killed herself. Flint decides to intervene with Archer but what he uncovers accidentally is a life changing event for everyone. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

2 April 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Sarah Drummond: What part of Back East do you come from?
Flint McCullough: All the way from St. Joe.
Sarah Drummond: St. Joe! Well, what d'you know about that? I'm from Springfield myself. Born and raised right there in Missouri.
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Doesn't go far enough....
6 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The other reviewer has done an excellent job of summarizing the themes of this story, and how they're handled. Given how insipid and conservative most television of 55 years ago was, "The Sarah Drummond Story" is a remarkable piece of episodic TV. *

Nevertheless... Though it's well-written and directly addresses the issues with only a little liberal preaching, it nevertheless doesn't go far enough. The husband (Gene Evans) correctly recognizes that a "hybrid" child can't -- for its own sake -- be raised among whites. Yet the story ends with the assumption that because the whites have risen above their prejudices, the child will have no problems. The story /should/ have ended with the baby being sent off with the Indian woman.

* Though comparable in quality to "Gunsmoke", "Wagon Train" is a largely forgotten series. This might be due to its being in B&W (and quite handsome B&W), though that doesn't seem to have affected the long-term popularity of other B&W series. Nevertheless, as "Wagon Train" would have been an ideal program to promote color TV, it's odd NBC chose to shoot it in monochrome.

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