Wagon Train

Season 1 Episode 2

The Jean LeBec Story

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Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Sep 25, 1957 on NBC
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The Jean LeBec Story
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Before the Civil War Jean Le Bec was a young musician with a special talent for the violin. His family was too poor to pay for his musical studies so he was sponsored by a rich southern family. The daughter was called Mary. When her family lost everything in the war, Mary's father entrusted her well-being to Jean. Mary had relatives in San Francisco so they decided to go there and they were going to get there via the wagon train. Jean didn't tell Mary that he was having trouble raising the cash for the journey. While the train was forming at St. Joseph, Missouri, as a last resort to raise the money, Jean used his precious violin as a stake in a card game, which he won but was accused of cheating. The allegation was false but it cost him his violin to get out alive. When Mary realized what he had done she went to the saloon to try to buy the fiddle back, but things went badly wrong and Jean ended up by killing the son of the man who practically owned the town. Flint McCullough witnessed the shoot out and told the Major it was self defense; Jean was blameless. Nevertheless, the people on the train found the town closed to them in retaliation and Jean facing a hangman's noose. Without provisions and stock they couldn't move ahead so Flint and the Major put their heads together to help both Jean and the people on the train.

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