Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Clarence Mullins Story 

Duke and Charlie leave the train for supplies and to see Duke's old friends at a fort. One is a minister who was cashiered out of the Army who is trying to create peace with the Modocs despite a Major who only wants to kill all Indians.

Director:

Jerry Hopper

Writer:

Norman Jolley
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Clu Gulager ... Clarence Mullins
Jim McMullan ... Barker (as James McMullan)
Lisa Seagram ... Esther
I. Stanford Jolley ... Harvey Mullins
Hal John Norman Hal John Norman ... Jeremiah (as Hal Jon Norman)
Carleton Young ... Major Gaston
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Duke and Charlie visit an Army fort to see Duke's friend Clarence Mullins, a minister who was also a lieutenant at the fort, while also picking up supplies. They learn that Mullins was kicked out of the Army for refusing Major Gaston's order to massacre a band of Modocs and other orders over time, and that he has now gone into the hostile Modoc territory to preach the Gospel to them. Everyone assumes he has been killed by the Modoc. Duke with Charlie decides to ride into the Modoc territory to determine if Mullins is still alive. Surprisingly, they find that he has succeeded in his mission. However, Duke also feels that Mullins is overly optimistic about his ability to bring the Modocs and the Army officers together in peace as the Army builds a road through the Modoc territory. Written by rbecker28

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1963 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Muddled account of Modoc war
15 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Western fans remember a very fine Alan Ladd big screen film Drum Beat which dealt with a true incident during the war with the Modoc Indians of Oregon and Northern California. That incident is alluded to by Major Carleton Young who is a firm believer that the only good Indian is a dead one and that goes double for the Modocs.

Would this Wagon Train story be half as good as the Alan Ladd film. Assigned to Young's command is Clu Gulager an officer who is also an ordained minister. We're asked to believe he gets a combat assignment instead of the chaplain corps because he feels the calling to bring an end to the conflict between whites and Modocs.

Gulager is also a childhood friend of Duke Shannon and Denny Miller and Frank McGrath watch in somewhat disbelief as Gulager who has now resigned his commission and gone to live as a preacher among the tribe tries in his own way to make Christians of the Modocs. He's gotten them to take Christian names with Chief Hal John Norman as Chief Jeremiah and his daughter Lisa Seagram is now Esther.

I won't say more but Gulager's character is just plain ridiculous and Young's change of heart even more so.

What were they thinking at Revue Studios?


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