Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Michael Malone Story 

Julie Holland is falling for Michael Malone, a man haunted by the death of his sister. Meanwhile, the marriage of Ben and Beth Mitchell is strained because of Beth's increasing bitterness toward her husband and her feeling of unworthiness.


(as Virgil Vogel)


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Episode cast overview:
... Cooper Smith
... Christopher Hale
... Charlie Wooster
... Bill Hawks
... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
... Michael Malone
... Ben Mitchell
... Julie Holland
Nellie Burt ... Nora Holland
Armand Alzamora ... Dr. Perez
... Paul
John Bryant ... The Doctor
... Blacksmith
... Beth Mitchell


Coop and Charlie are in a nearby town on a Sunday to get a horse shod and find a man to drive the wagon for Nora and Julie Holland. The blacksmith suggests a young man, Michael Malone, sleeping off a drunk in his barn that rode in on a very good horse. He suspects the man might be a good worker. They find him in the midst of bad nightmare about his past. He is a priest escaping the death of his sister and her baby during childbirth because he would not sanction the killing of either one to save the other one. He agrees to take the job and is on the hook for the pay after he and Charlie fall through the window of the closed saloon. Charlie and Michael return to the train meeting Julie Holland on the way back. Michael settles in with Julie and Nora okay with Julie taking a great interest in Michael and his horse. The Hollands are often helped by neighbors Ben and Beth Mitchell. They are a young married couple with Beth expecting returning home to her father's ranch. Beth is very unhappy... Written by Anonymous

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6 January 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was originally scheduled to air on November 25, 1963 but it was preempted by the coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy three days earlier. See more »

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Two big secrets
17 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Needing a driver for grandmother Nellie Burt and granddaughter Joyce Bulifant, Robert Fuller hires Michael Parks who plays the title role in this Wagon Train story. Parks is quite the boozer and he and Frank McGrath strongly object to the Blue Laws that the town Parks is in has now past. Costs a bit to get both of them back on the Wagon (Train).

There's another couple traveling on the Wagon Train, young marrieds Dick York and Judi Meredith. York was kind of adopted the way Don Corleone adopted Tom Heggen. Only York is now married to his only child and she's with child now. They're returning home. Meredith is one headstrong young woman and actually resentful of the way York was favored by dad who owned a Ponderosa like spread in California.

York and Meredith have a secret, but it's nothing to the one that Parks is carrying. In the end Parks helps York and Meredith get through a crisis and finds some salvation for himself.

It's a good turn that Michael Parks gives, some elements fro;m the Otto Preminger film The Cardinal found in this episode.

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