Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Sarah Drummond Story 

During a storm, Flint takes shelter at a farmhouse. He soon discovers the husband is refusing his wife the care of a midwife and before it's too late for her he needs to find out why.

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... Major Seth Adams
... Flint McCullough
... Sarah Drummond
... Jeb Drummond
... Walt Archer
... Ethel Archer
... Charlie Wooster
... Bill Hawks (credit only)
Grayce Mills ... Mother Archer (as Grace Mills)
Debby Hengen ... Molly Archer
... Red Hawk's Squaw
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Flint is sent to mail letters for the train and buy the Major gum drops. On his return trip a massive rain storm forces him to stop at a home to see if he can take shelter there. Jeb Drummond and his expectant wife Sarah agree to feed him and let him sleep in the barn for which he gives Sarah the Major's gum drops. The next morning when Sarah realizes the baby is coming, Jeb refuses her the services of a midwife. However, Flint goes after the midwife at Sarah's urging. The midwife is the wife of Walt Archer who leads the community in hating Indians due to the death of his father at their hand and the catatonic state it put his mother in. When the baby is born, it reveals that Sarah was raped by an Indian and that Jeb wants Sarah to give the baby to the Indians. Walt makes it worse by saying Sarah should have killed herself. Flint decides to intervene with Archer but what he uncovers accidentally is a life changing event for everyone. Written by Anonymous

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Western

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TV-PG
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2 April 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Sarah Drummond: What part of Back East do you come from?
Flint McCullough: All the way from St. Joe.
Sarah Drummond: St. Joe! Well, what d'you know about that? I'm from Springfield myself. Born and raised right there in Missouri.
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You've got to be carefully taught
30 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Flint McCullough takes refuge with a settler during a driving rainstorm and his most pregnant due at any minute wife. June Lockhart is in desperate need of a doctor, but her husband Gene Evans won't let her have any medical attention.

The reasons are soon discovered. Lockhart's new arrival might not be from Evans. Some passing Sioux raiders had their way with her and he is understandably one upset man. He's also further egged on in his prejudices by his neighbor William Talman who really hates Indians. So much so that Talman even frowns on his wife Lorna Thayer helping Lockhart in her pregnancy and Thayer is a local midwife.

This one is a very powerful story and not one seen on even adult westerns like Wagon Train. The subject had been dealt with in a very good Barbara Stanwyck western Trooper Hook the year before.

I'm not sure in real life it would have ended as it did. Still this is one of Wagon Train's best first season episodes.


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