Wagon Train

Season 5 Episode 11

The Traitor

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Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Dec 13, 1961 on NBC
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Flint McCullough's involvement in a horse-stealing operation proves that he's "gone bad." Reluctantly, Chris Hale sentences him to 20 lashes and permanent banishment from the wagon train. Bill Hawks refuses to flog his friend so the punishment's administered by Sgt. Oakes from nearby Fort Henderson. Hawks soon learns that Flint's uncharacteristic behavior is part of a plan to infiltrate the gang of notorious outlaw, Angel de Muerte. Flint now travels to the ranch of Sam Upton and his sister Madge, a place rumored to have ties with Muerte. The fresh welts on Flint's back persuade Sam to take Flint to meet Muerte, but Flint soon realizes this bearded man is a stand-in for the real Muerte -- none other than Sam Upton himself. While taking Upton to Major Hansen at Fort Henderson, the outlaw dies in an escape attempt. Flint decides to split the $10,000 reward money with Madge Upton who was unaware of her brother's dual identity.moreless

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    Nick Adams

    Nick Adams

    Sam Upton

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    Anthony Caruso

    Anthony Caruso

    the false Muerte

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    Stacy Keach Sr.

    Stacy Keach Sr.

    Major Hansen

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    Jeanne Cooper

    Jeanne Cooper

    Madge Upton

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      • Jeanne Cooper, who plays Madge Upton, is the mother of actor Corbin Bernsen.

      • Robert Horton, who was staked out to die in the 1-15-1958 episode of "Wagon Train," here loses his shirt again for some more torture when he's bound to the side of a wagon and given 20 lashes with a bullwhip. Actually, there's a fade-out after just eight lashes but Horton's allowed to groan with pain as the whip strikes his back, making this one of the TV western's most memorable floggings. (Something about Horton seemed to encourage punishment. While playing a captured Korean War G.I. in MGM's 1954 "Prisoner of War," he was stripped to his undershorts and crucified with ropes during an extended torture scene.)

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