Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Bill Tawnee Story 

Bill Tawnee served his country heroically. When Major Adams recognizes him on the trail and sees he is unable to wake, he asks his wife to join his wagon train even though there is plenty of anti-Indian sentiment afloat.



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Episode cast overview:
Flint McCullough
Edith Evanson ...
Henry Rowland ...
Charlie Wooster


After a fight at a trading post Bill Tawnee is knocked out. His wife has stopped on the prairie worried about him when the Adams wagon train spots them. After offering help, Adams learns the man is Bill Tawnee who was a highly decorated Sergeant and scout for General Sherman in the war who Adams served under as well. Bill recovers and decides somewhat reluctantly to stay with the train. Braggart George Barry is caught embellishing his own military history when Bill is asked about the same incident infuriating Barry. At the same time Mrs. Kirk takes Lianna, Bill's wife, and their son under her wing as she misses her own daughter and grandson who died in Kansas. Tension grows between Barry and Tawnee when Bill finds Barry's missing rifle. Barry thinks Bill stole it causing Bill to leave camp alone when he nearly kills Barry. Outlaws have scouted the wagon train planning to steal their horses and do so. One group of men find some of the horses while another group with Barry in it find ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

12 February 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The sight of a new born babe
28 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Macdonald Carey guest stars in this Wagon Train story playing an American Indian scout who Ward Bond knew from the Civil War. Scouting for General Sherman's army, Carey won a few medals in service and was also given a plot of land to farm. He's going west with wife Joy Page and their infant son.

Unfortunately Carey's run into a lot of prejudice on other trains, but when Ward Bond finds him broke down on the trail he says he's welcome on his Wagon Train anytime.

Still even with Bond's support Carey still faces a lot of doubters.

Looking at the makeup he used for the part, Macdonald Carey looks every bit the spitting image of Robert Taylor in his western Devil's Doorway where Taylor plays a Shoshone Indian who scouted for the Union Army. Things work a bit better for Carey than they did for Taylor in his film.

There's a fine performance from Edith Evanson who plays a grandmother who lost her daughter and grandchild to fever. The sight of a mother with a new born just awakens her motherly instincts and she's not caring that they are not white.

This one's a good one.

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