Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Jim Whitlow Story 

Duke Shannon returns to check on his small ranch he split evenly with a childhood friend. When he arrives he finds tenant farmers being bull-whipped and a ruthless foreman his partner does not want to fire claiming he is needed.

Director:

William Witney

Writer:

Steven Ritch
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
John Kerr ... Jim Whitlow
Ellen Burstyn ... Margaret Whitlow (as Ellen McRae)
Ann Staunton Ann Staunton ... Mary Mason
Robert Osterloh ... Tom Mason
Claire Carleton ... Lucy Taggert
Dan White ... Taggert
John Cliff ... Bayles
Jim Davis ... Clyde Hubble
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Duke Shannon goes to visit his ranch, Shannon's Glen, since the wagon train is so close to it, to which he gave his childhood friend Jim Whitlow a half interest in it. Duke arrives to find a farmer tied up that has been bull-whipped but who won't talk about it and that although the original Shannon glen is rundown, the Shannon spread is now a ranching empire with Jim and his wife Margaret living in a very nice new house. It is due mostly to the use of tenant farmers and Jim's ruthless foreman Hubble who bullwhips them when they don't produce enough yield or try to leave their five year commitments. Duke is greatly upset by this and asks Jim to fire the foreman and offer the tenants ownership of their sections, but Jim seems unwilling to do either saying he needs Hubble because people don't respect him as he has no right hand. This brings up the history between Duke, Jim and Margaret and what really happened while Duke was gone for five years. Written by rbecker28

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1963 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Serfdom
15 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this next to last episode of Wagon Train of season 6 we learn that Duke Shannon is a property owner. When he left this northern California town he was partners with childhood friend John Kerr in a bit of real estate. But in the interim John Kerr has increased the holdings many times over.

What's come into this system is a version of feudal serfdom with tenant farmers bound to the land and if they try to get away there's an overseer/foreman to keep them in line. Jim Davis plays one of the most brutal villains ever in the history of the Wagon Train series, as handy with a bullwhip as a six shooter.

All this done in Kerr's name who lost his right arm as a kid and Denny Miller used to protect him. It's a big concern to Ellen Burstyn who is now Kerr's wife and who grew up with both of them.

It all leads to an inevitable climax as Denny Miller who is potentially a very rich man has a crisis of conscience.

And if you're a cowboy hero there's only one way that will turn out.


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