Wagon Train/The Maggie Hamilton Story

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The Maggie Hamilton Story
Season 3, Episode 26
Airdate April 6, 1960
Written by Allen H. Miner
Directed by Allen H. Miner
Produced by Howard Christie
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The Maggie Hamilton Story is the twenty-sixth episode of the third season of Wagon Train, and the one hundred third episode overall.

Starring: Ward Bond (Major Seth Adams), Robert Horton (Flint McCullough)

Co-Starring: Susan Oliver (Maggie Hamilton)

with Frank McGrath (Charlie Wooster), Terry Wilson (Bill Hawks), Les Tremayne (H.J. Hamilton), Leonard Nimoy (Cherokee Ned), Sylvia Marriott (Marie Louise Hamilton), Orville Sherman (Slim), Frank Wolff (Sam Bass)


Plot Overview

At the wagon train camp Maggie Hamilton, the spoiled and demanding young daughter of a wealthy couple, storms off and runs away during the evening after she throws another tantrum at her parents and the other wagon train members laugh at her for her impudent behavior. She and her parents are from Boston, with no experience in the West. Maggie has a long history, dating back to childhood, of running away when she does not get her way. The next morning, her father reports her missing to Major Adams, who sends Hawks to bring back McCullough, who has seen signs of a small outlaw gang drinking. Maggie becomes lost, leaving signs for anyone following her.

The outlaws find Maggie's sign and capture her, but they soon discover she is a hand full who literally bites the hand that feeds her. McCullough finds the trail and catches the group while they sleep except for Sam Bass, who frees Maggie thinking she is going to "cooperate" with him. Cherokee Ned hears Sam leave camp and follows him. He kills Sam while McCullough knocks out Ned. Maggie takes McCullough's horse while he steals one from the outlaws and runs off the rest of their horses. He catches up with Maggie, who fell off his horse. She still acts like a spoiled child, even after McCullough feeds her. When she foolishly steals McCullough's gun and threatens to shoot him to keep him from taking her back to the wagon train, McCullough reveals that he pocketed the bullets from the gun ahead of time, then decides an old fashioned spanking is in order.


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