Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Bije Wilcox Story 

After advertising to look for his brother Charles and offering a $5,000 reward, a member of the wagon train gets a response from someone who walks through an Indian party that's pinning them all down. What he finds is not what he expected.

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... Major Seth Adams
... Flint McCullough
... Bije Wilcox
... Francis Mason
Lawrence Dobkin ... Medicine Mark
... Bull Man
... Captain Thorp
... 1st Son
... Charlie Wooster
... Bill Hawks
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The wagon train is pinned down by threatening Cheyenne Indians. Flint has gone for the Army to provide an escort. While waiting Bije Wilcox walks into camp looking for Francis Mason. Mason has offered a $5,000 reward leading to finding his lost brother. Against advice to not go Mason leaves with Wilcox. Wilcox leads him to a remote site to sit and wait for Medicinie Mark who hates all white men and has never let a live white man leave his presence. Wilcox tells Mason that Medicine Mark is his brother. The Cheyenne take the two men captive and Mason learns that Wilcox told the truth. The brothers were raised in Virginia under an intolerant father. As a boy Medicine Mark was against slavery and was despised by all his friends including his own brother so he feels he has no white family or brother. To prove his love Mason decides to become Medicine Mark's Cheyenne brother by going through their ceremony which involves great pain. Written by Anonymous

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Western

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TV-PG
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19 November 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Dorothy M. Johnson also wrote the story "A Man Called Horse", which was filmed as an both as an episode of "Wagon Train" and as the 1970 Richard Harris feature. See more »

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Blood and Blood Brothers
1 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

In his career Chill Wills usually played good guys sometimes hero's sidekicks, oily and crafty but never really evil. In this Wagon Train story he's one shifty guy with a touch of evil to him.

The Wagon Train is stalled because of reports of hostile Cheyenne ahead. But this is where Onslow Stevens is supposed to meet Chill Wills, a one eyed old mountain man who has promised to take him to his long lost brother Lawrence Dobkin. These two were estranged in their younger days with Dobkin kind of marching to his own beat.

Dobkin has renounced the white world and is now a Cheyenne war chief Medicine Mark. For the most part the Wagon Train regulars aren't in this story as the guest stars take it over.

It was an interesting story, but for the ending with Wills which made no sense at all given the way his character was developed.


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