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Wagon Train

Season 3 Episode 32

The Dick Jarvis Story

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Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM May 18, 1960 on NBC
9.2
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The Dick Jarvis Story
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An orphan holds a grudge against other young people on the train because they all have families.

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  • Inspired by Dickens

    9.5
    This is just as much a story about both boys, not only Dick Jarvis but Joey Henshaw too. They each get fairly equal screen time and share an important role in the life of Major Adams (Ward Bond). It is obvious that the literary source for this installment of Wagon Train is material by Charles Dickens. In fact, the stories of both boys come from two different Dickens tales: the crippled boy Dick Jarvis is obviously drawn from Tiny Tim in 'A Christmas Carol' with Adams as the Scrooge-like leader of the train; and Joey's situation, in which he is an orphan kid abused by a new foster father, seems to be taken from Oliver Twist. It doesn't matter if the show's writers are recycling storylines and characters from classic novels, it works. Mainly, it works because of Ward Bond's easy-going charm and his genuinely warm relationship with the boys in this episode. We also get a fair amount of comic relief involving Charlie Wooster who seems jealous by the amount of time and attention that Adams is devoting to the lads.moreless

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