Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Artie Matthewson Story 

Duke finds Flint's dying foster mother who asks Flint to check on her real son Artie who she hasn't seen in five years and has a reputation for getting into trouble with the law. Flint finds him on the right side of the law - or is he?





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Episode cast overview:
... Flint McCullough
... Christopher Hale (credit only)
... Artie Matthewson
Joyce Meadows ... Melanie Sanders
... Angie Matthewson
... Bill Hawks
... Charlie Wooster
... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Bert Carlon ... Bartender
... Nick Fears
William Vaughn ... Gil Fenton
... Stableman
Art Stewart ... Ed Bair
William Mims ... Gurn Meeker


While out scouting Duke finds Angie Matthewson, Flint's foster mother, near death. After staying with her overnight, Duke running late returns to the train to get Flint. Before she dies, she asks Flint to find her son Artie, with whom Flint has never gotten along. Angie tells Flint Artie is in the boom town of Richfield Diggings. Flint arrives to find the sheriff's posse returning with a dead body and he receives a very cold reception from everyone. Eventually a bartender lets Artie know a stranger is looking for him. Artie is busy with his girlfriend Melanie Sanders who is concerned about Artie's safety and the conflict between him and her foreman, Nick Fears. Artie sends the sheriff to bring Flint to him. Flint crosses paths with Melanie before meeting Artie and learning he has been elected mayor. Flint tells Artie that their mother has died while asking for Artie. It becomes apparent that he is up to his old ways hiring gunmen to enforce his rule but the businessmen and people of ... Written by anonymous

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8 November 1961 (USA)  »

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Flint McCullough's foster family
17 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Denny Miller brings word of an old woman he found seriously ill on the trail and she claims to be Robert Horton's mother. Jane Darwell is the old woman and Horton goes to her in time to she her die and ask him to look in on her blood kin son Rory Calhoun. Horton leaves the Wagon Train to go searching for his foster brother.

Darwell was not Horton's real mother, they were killed in an Indian attack, but she raised him for a few years. Rory was not exactly a model child and she knows he's been involved in scrapes before and that Horton covered for him. But now he's the mayor of a small, but fast growing frontier town. But has he really changed and is now a respectable citizen?

Calhoun does very well with his portrayal of a man of most ambiguous character. And we learn a bit more about Flint McCullough and just what he did in the past to protect Calhoun's reputation for Darwell's sake.

A nice episode.

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