Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Monty Britton Story 

Low on water, Flint scouts for more. When three water holes are dry or poisoned, Fort Paiute seems their only hope but he has to make it back to the wagon train on foot and the only other man who knows the way is believed to be a deserter.

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... Major Seth Adams
... Flint McCullough
... Betty Britton
... Monty Britton
... Rev. Sumpter
... Garth Redmond
... Major Clinton
... Mr. Cowan (as Stacy Keach)
... Charlie Wooster
... Bill Hawks
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Flint, scouting, discovers the next two water holes are dry and the third one is poisoned but not before it kills his horse. Adams looking for the overdue Flint finds him dehydrated and out of his mind. The option left is for a rider to go to Fort Paiute for help but no one but Flint knows the route. Adams, Garth Redmon, and Rev. Sumpter have long suspected that Monty Britton may be a deserter but he denies being in the Army and his wife Betty has not refuted it. Monty in discussions with Adams reveals he has seen maps of the area and that they need someone to go to Fort Paiute. Adams does not trust Monty and asks Garth who is single to go but he refuses. Monty is tormented about what to do and when the train is down two canteens of water, he takes it and the best horse on his own to go for help. After a sandstorm, the train receives help from the Fort and everyone learns the truth about the nearly dead Monty who rescued them. Written by Anonymous

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Western

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TV-PG
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18 June 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Ration water and hope for salvation
31 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

The Wagon Train is in unfamiliar country in a desert where some waterholes have dried up. Ward Bond sends Robert Horton out scouting for water and he comes back on foot, raving incoherently.

With Flint McCullough out of action, Major Adams is forced to ration water and hope for salvation. The salvation could be Ray Danton who is traveling west with his wife Mona Freeman. He carries himself like he was in the military, but denies he served to one and all. Claude Akins playing his usual villainous lout says he's a deserter, but he's got an ulterior motive as he is trying to move in on Mona Freeman.

Obviously the Wagon Train is saved because the series kept going, but the answer to Danton's mystery you have to see the episode for. Additional nice performance from John Hoyt as a preacher traveling with the Wagon Train. Some really good performances all around from a cast really convincing that they are dying from heat and dehydration.


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