Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Orly French Story 

A Bible-quoting marshal joins the wagon train with his prisoner, a young bank robber whom he claims to be trying to reform. He wants the prisoner to atone for his sins by telling the location of the money he hid from his last holdup.


Virgil W. Vogel


Norman Jolley




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale (credit only)
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon
John Doucette ... Marshal Jason Hartman
Peter Fonda ... Orly French
Robert Cornthwaite ... Dr. Wilson
Gil Perkins ... Harvey Bates
Sharon Farrell ... Judy Wilson


As Marshal Jason Hartman unsaddles his horse he hears a gun cock behind him. Out loud he suggests it is Orly French, an outlaw he has been tracking. Orly tells him to drop the saddle but Hartman drops to the ground at the same time and shoots Orly in the stomach. Orly wakes up to find himself chained to a tree as Hartman returns with four turkey eggs for breakfast. They both hear Duke ride up to introduce himself and ask if they need help. Hartman and Duke have each heard of each other so Duke joins them for breakfast. Hartman decides he and Orly will join the wagon train allowing Orly to further heal. Hartman is taking him back to Dubuque for trial but he is trying to convince Orly to return the $50,000 he stole and hid to ease his sentence plus go straight. At the train Orly is seen by Dr. Wilson and his daughter Judy who are traveling with it. Orly softens as he gets to know the attractive Judy who he falls in love with. He is ready to return the money until Judy tells him she ... Written by Anonymous

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A lot of spending loot
12 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Some sharp viewers will no doubt recognize that this Wagon Train story is taken from the W. Somerset Maugham classic Rain. The sin might be different but the plot's the same.

Outlaw Peter Fonda is caught by bible thumping Marshal John Doucette who not only is interested in bringing him in, but saving his soul. At one time Doucette was an outlaw, but he got converted to fundamentalist religion and law and order in that order.

Fonda buried $50,000.00 in stolen loot and Doucette wants him to dig it up and return that also for the redemption of his soul. But Fonda sure as Sadie Thompson got Reverend Davidson's hormones jumping, is appealing to the sin of greed in reminding Doucette what it was like in those outlaw days with a lot of spending loot.

The Wagon Train regulars are strictly in support of Fonda and Doucette and if you've seen Rain on stage and screen you know how this one goes.

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12 December 1962 (USA) See more »

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Black and White | Black and White (Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8)

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1.33 : 1
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