Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The John Bernard Story 

Indians kidnap an elderly lady on the train. They will return her when the train takes the Chief's son to the doctor and cure him. However, some on the train don't want to help. The task becomes harder when they learn what the illness is.

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... Christopher Hale (credit only)
... Charlie Wooster
... Bill Hawks
... Duke Shannon
... Father John Bernard
... Mitsina
... Ben Gill
... Larry Gill
... Matthew Budgeon
Doris Kemper ... Mary Budgeon
... Dr. Porter (as Herbert C. Lytton)
... Sampson
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An elderly woman, Mary Budgeon, on the wagon train is kidnapped by Indians during the night. The next day Bill Hawks and a priest, Father John Bernard, ride out to talk to the Indians who arrive with Mary who is unharmed. She says they will only return her when the chief's seriously ill son is taken by the wagon train to the doctor in Wayne and cured. But some travelers led by Ben Gill returning to Wayne don't want to do anything for the young Indian regardless of whether it costs the woman her life. The Indians attacked Wayne a couple of years earlier resulting in many people killed in Wayne. The priest, who is going through doubts of whether he is worthy of his calling, tries to help the Indian. Duke returns with Dr. Porter by telling him they have a sick woman. At first he refuses to look at the Indian but relents. After he checks the boy, he tells Bill what is wrong with the boy. They cannot take the boy with them nor can he return to his tribe. Written by rbecker28

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Western

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TV-PG
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21 November 1962 (USA)  »

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Leprosy
12 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

In a role obviously adapted from Father Damien of Molokai Robert Ryan is the guest star in this fine Wagon Train story. Ryan plays a Catholic priest on his way west to a new parish assignment in California.

But one night Doris Kemper wife of William Fawcett is kidnapped by Indians who sneak into the sleeping camp and spirit Kemper away. What they want is for the Wagon Train to take young Perry Lopez to the white man's doctor for what is ailing him. Cure him and she's released.

But it's bad news when it's discovered that it's leprosy. The camp is pretty frightened and it's all Terry Wilson can do to prevent a mutiny.

It's fright with most of them, but Cliff Osmond hates Indians in general. Osmond who played a lot of comic villains in Billy Wilder films is quite serious and quite deadly here. He's traveling west with his nephew young Beau Bridges who is slow to adopt his uncle's hateful ways.

It's bad choices all around. But Robert Ryan dominates this story with his portrayal of a priest who really has the spirit of God inside as well as the words of convenient scripture memorized. It's one of his few small screen appearances and Ryan makes the most of it.

One of the best Wagon Train stories and Robert Ryan makes it so.


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