Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Link Cheney Story 

Coop brings Link Cheney to the wagon train after the professional gambler is wounded by sore losers in a game. Link is nursed back to health by Dorthea Gillford, and the two fall in love, but Dorthea hopes Link will quit gambling.


Joseph Pevney


John McGreevey




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Fuller ... Cooper Smith
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Charles Drake ... Link Cheney
Pippa Scott ... Dorthea Gillford
Tom Simcox ... Tim Riggs
Michael Burns ... Barnaby West
Will Kuluva ... Euchre Jones
Yvonne Craig ... Ellie Riggs
Alice Backes Alice Backes ... Ada Meecham
Paul Stader Paul Stader ... Rankin
Paul Baxley Paul Baxley ... Jake
Harry von Zell ... Henry Baffle


Coop has joined a poker game in a town before returning to the wagon train. In the game with him is the renown gambler Link Cheney who is cleaning up. When one of the other players accuses him of cheating Coop steps in to keep the fight fair but not before Link is stabbed. Link had asked Coop about joining the wagon train earlier so Coop helps the wounded man return with him to the wagon train. At the wagon train Dorthea Gilford volunteers to help treat Link who has passed out. Her father and brothers are doctors so she has considerable training as she helps Chris treat Link. Afterwards she volunteers to look after Link although her friend Ada believes it to be improper. Link and Dorthea find themselves falling in love as Dorthea plans to go to the quiet Sacramento while Link was thinking of San Francisco the home of the best gambling. When Link arrives he is recognized by Euchre Jones who wants revenge against Link for leaving him. He has a new young partner Tim Riggs who he believes... Written by Anonymous

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13 April 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Face to Face
22 March 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Elements of The Cincinnati Kid are found in the plot of this Wagon Train story. A lot of people with different motives sit in on a high stakes poker game held on this Wagon Train. A lot like the game that Paul Newman took Robert Shaw to the cleaners with in The Sting.

The old gambler is Will Kulava and he's a dying man and he's trained his own Cincinnati Kid in Tom Simcox who has a young wife in Yvonne Craig and she has no liking for the gambling life. Kulava has only one reason to live, to bring Simcox face to face with the man he originally trained and who ran out on him.

As luck would have it Robert Fuller rescues that man during a poker game in a town the Wagon Train is passing. That man is Charles Drake and he's knifed during a dispute. Nursed on the Wagon Train by Pippa Scott, Drake gets convinced to join a high stakes poker game with a rich whale on the Wagon Train in Harry Von Zell. Sitting in also is Simcox and Kulava wants Simcox to clean and gut Drake worse than the knifing he got in the poker game. He's obsessed with the idea of doing this public humiliation to the man he first taught all he knew.

The last half hour of this 90 minute episode is devoted to the card game and the mixed motivations of all the guest cast members. The Wagon Train regulars have little to do in this story.

If you liked The Cincinnati Kid, you'll love this story.

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