Wagon Train: Season 4, Episode 26

The Tiburcio Mendez Story (22 Mar. 1961)

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Bill Hawks is leading four wagons through to California when they are stopped by Tiburcio Mendez and his band of renegades, who demand they turn back. Mendez and his group claim that ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Christopher Hale (credit only)
Flint McCullough (credit only)
Tiburcio Mendez
Lisa Gaye ...
Alma Mendez
Russell Collins ...
Judge Josiah Black
Terry Wilson ...
Joaquin Delgado
David Garcia ...
Providencio Gomez
Lane Bradford ...
Orville Sherman ...
Neyle Morrow ...
Colette Jackson ...
Young Mother


Bill Hawks is leading four wagons through to California when they are stopped by Tiburcio Mendez and his band of renegades, who demand they turn back. Mendez and his group claim that California is their land and that it was stolen by the later settlers. A judge traveling with Hawks' group believes that Mendez has a legitimate grievance which could be addressed by the legislature in Sacramento, and against Hawks' warning goes in to Mendez' camp to talk with him. When Hawks follows, both he and the judge are taken prisoner. Written by anonymous

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You'll Watch it for Mr. Spock
16 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

In the past month or so, I've seen Nimoy twice on Sea Hunt, playing different characters, and now here he is on Wagon Train, portraying a Mexican villain.

I guess the reason why these shows are so absent in reruns today is because they focus much more on thespian, James Dean performances than they do story, plot or action.

Everyone is just angry, upset, driven to the point of anger and having to explain why they are angry.

There really isn't much to this episode. Nehemiah Persoff is the leader bad guy,stopping the gringos from coming to California. He begins to relent, have doubts of what he is doing.

Nimoy is the intense young bandito who feels the white man must be stopped! We also get a white judge who tries to speak with the bandits and is captured.

Amusing bit with Nimoy posing as the judge.

Not exactly sure why Persoff was shot. Will have to go back and rewatch the episode. Everyone with a gun seemed to be lamenting over what they were doing, and everyone stood together at the end, so why was Persoff killed? Things like this and Sea Hunt will be interesting to watch for Nimoy, before Spock and after Spock. Also an episode or two of Dragnet has him as a convict.

Tho credited, Robert Horton does not appear at all in this episode.

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