Wishbone quits the cattle drive because he falls in love with a family of three boys and an abused wife. The wife shoots her drunken husband when he starts beating Wishbone, who takes responsibility for the shooting to protect her.
Wishbone, the cook, is buying supplies for the cattle drive that is about to begin in a few days. A young boy steals a sack of food, and Wishbone follows him home, where he discovers the boy's injured mother, Mrs. Harmon (Barbara Barrie), who had been beaten and abused by now-missing drunken husband. Kindly Wishbone takes it upon himself to be a substitute father, caring for Mrs. Harmon while she heals, feeding the boys, buying presents and even cleaning the house. He seems to slowly develop an unstated romantic interest in the woman. He tells ramrod Rowdy that he is quitting the cattle drive! When Paul, the drunken husband, returns, he learns about Wishbone, looks for him and starts beating him. The woman has no choice but to shoot Paul. Being protective of Mrs. Harmon, Wishbone says he did the shooting, and he offers to bribe the only witness to back-up Wishbone's version. Even though he is facing jail time if convicted, to get money for the bribe, Wishbone agrees to re-join for ...Written by
Mrs. Harmon tells Wishbone that she got married in September 1862, and that she's been married for 10 years. That dates this episode to late 1872. See more »
Now look, I haven't got too many drives left in me. And after that, what have I got to show for it? There's more to livin' than bouncin' over chuckholes and drivin' a bunch of mangy steers from one end of nowhere to the other.
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Paul Brinegar takes the center stage as he gets to thinking about the joys of domesticity in this story. Wishbone is starting to wish for those 'good vittles, love, and kissing' as Frankie Laine sings in the Rawhide theme.
He spots a kid stealing flour when he's off to the general store getting supplies for the drive. Wishbone follows them to the ramshackle shack they call home to a sick mother played by Barbara Barrie. Wishbone kind of adopts the whole group as they sure make him think of what he's missed on all those trail drives.
There is a father, a drunken and angry Paul Lambert. He's mad over the mess he's made of his life. From there things result in tragedy, but possible salvation as well for Barrie.
Both Rawhide and Wagon Train were done at Revue Studios. I'm sure I've seen this same story with that other curmudgeon cook Charlie Wooster.
Good in either series.
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