Wagon Train was a popular western series that ran on both NBC and ABC from September 18th, 1957 through May 2nd, 1965, for a total of 284 episodes. The show chronicled the trials and tribulations of pioneering families as they set out from the East to carve out a new life in the West in a wagon train making it's way from Missouri to California. It was set just a few years after The Civil War. For some of the travellers it was a happy ending, but not for all, which only heightened the drama along the way. Many times the train would have to "circle the wagons" to defend itself against Indian attacks.
"The Malachi Hobart Story" Season 5 Episode 17
An old con man trys to fleece the wagon train members of money by pretending to be a preacher trying to raise funds to build a church. He is outfoxed by Duke, played by Denny Miller, but redeems himself by aiding a dying woman.
June 3, 2012 Subject:
The Malachi Hobart Story (Wagon Train).
Season 5, episode 17.
Original air date: 24 January 1962.
Duke comes across Malachi Hobart, a preachher who has dedicated his life to his fellow man, and comes away impressed with the man`s charitable works.
Cast: John McIntire (Christopher Hale), Scott Miller (Duke Shannon), Frank Mcgrath (Charlie Wooster), Terry Wilson (Bill Hawks), Franchot Tone (Malachi Hobart), Irene Ryan (Martha Gresham), Steven Darrell (Roy Standish), Fern Barry (Leona Standish), Robert E. Dugan (The Man), Jimmie Booth (Wagon Train Spectator: uncredited), Chick Hannon (Wagon Train Spectator: uncredited), Frank Jenks (Wagon Train Mob: uncredited), Kermit Maynard (Spectator: uncredited), Mathew McCue (Old Spectator: uncredited), Gene Roth (Bidder for Gold Finder: unctedioted), Iom Smith (Spectator: uncredited) and Frank Sully (Wagon Train Mob: uncredited).