Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Daniel Barrister Story 

Faith is tested when a man's wife is injured and he refuses medical aid. When Flint rides to the nearest town to get a doctor, he finds they have their own problems: a smallpox epidemic.



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Episode cast overview:
... Major Seth Adams
... Flint McCullough
... Daniel Barrister
... Dr. Peter H. Culver
Peg Hillias ... Jenny Barrister
... Mr. Sam Miller
Kay Cousins Johnson ... Mrs. Miller (as Kay Cousins)
Sarah Selby ... Mrs, Mary Snyder
... Charlie Wooster
... Bill Hawks
... Jim - Guard
Anthony Lawrence ... Man


A runaway team throws Jenny Barrister from the wagon and injures her severely. Her husband Daniel refuses medical aid for her on religious grounds and their daughter died earlier on the train for lack of medical care. The other members of the train are enraged by his actions so the Major sends Flint to a nearby settlement for a doctor while moving the train closer to the town. At the town Flint finds a smallpox epidemic has broken out but a young 25 year old doctor recently out of medical school is vaccinating the people and has it under control. Dr. Culver rides to the train but Daniel refuses his services. Dr. Culver asks the Major to move the rest of the train on and leave the Barristers in his hands. It remains to be seen if Dr. Culver has the wits to convince Daniel that he should be allowed to attend to Jenny and whether he can heal her. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

16 April 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Strong Convictions
2 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

This was a strange Wagon Train episode with a character played by Charles Bickford that I could not quite come to grips with. As the title character in The Daniel Barrister Story, Bickford is a man of strong convictions and he's ready to stand by them even at the cost of his wife's life.

Among the tenets of his faith is that he does not believe in doctors and as a result of that his daughter died of an untreated illness. Now his wife is hurt in a fall and eventually it's diagnosed as a fractured rib that has punctured a lung.

It takes a physician, a young physician at that fresh from battling a smallpox epidemic there to try and move Bickford. Roger Smith as the doctor has a religious background as well and the two fling scripture quotations back at each other.

Although Ward Bond has some good scenes defending Bickford's right to his beliefs as wacky as they are, this episode presents guest stars Bickford and Smith at their best. But in a really strange and somewhat unbelievable story.

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