Wagon Train

NBC (ended 1965)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 8 : Ep 26

    The Jarbo Pierce Story

    Aired 5/2/65

  • S 8 : Ep 25

    The Silver Lady

    Aired 4/25/65

  • S 8 : Ep 24

    The Indian Girl Story

    Aired 4/18/65

  • S 8 : Ep 23

    The Katy Piper Story

    Aired 4/11/65

  • S 8 : Ep 22

    The Betsy Blee Smith Story

    Aired 3/28/65

  • Cast & Crew
  • John McIntire

    Christopher Hale

  • Denny Miller

    Duke Shannon

  • Michael Burns

    Barnaby West

  • Robert Fuller

    Cooper Smith

  • Ward Bond

    Major Seth Adams

  • show Description
  • Wagon Train followed the trials and tribulations of pioneering families as they set out from the East to carve out a new life in the West soon after the American Civil War. For some of the travellers it was a happy ending, but not for all, which only heightened the drama along the way. Such a structure ensured that the scriptwriters had a wide scope for their stories which , more often than not, revolved around the characters rather than the action, although the series had more than it's fair share of that too. With a new storyline nearly every week and a larger than average budget for the time, it was never difficult for the producers to attract well known guest stars in front of the cameras with some famous names behind the cameras too. Wagon Train was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic between 1957 and 1965. It survived cast changes to the leading actors and changes to the format which is testimony enough to the show's popularity. Even now fans who watched it back then remember it with fondness, and regular re-runs ensure it's continuing popularity with newer generations.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Mark Hanford: Cheyenne blood is my blood. Cheyenne law is my law.

    • Bill Hawks: I don't have the stomach to lay a bullwhip to the back of a friend of mine, no matter what he's done.

    Notes (53)

    • Major Adams was reluctant to take on Willy Moran because of his drinking problem. This was not unsual. Some wagon trains, such as the Mormon trains, were run on strict religious principles, many of which forbade the drinking of alcohol unless under exceptional circumstances ( such as medicinal purposes). There were practical reasons too. Alcohol weighs heavy. With a journey of over 2,000 miles or more ahead of them which included deserts and mountains, weight was an all important factor. The wagon trails were strewn with articles that were off loaded when the going got tough. Alcohol also has physical effects, besides the obvious one of drunkeness!Even when taken in small amounts it dehydrates the body so that people drink more, something else that wagon train captains could not allow. Water was a valuable commodity, but again, due to it's weight, only so much could be carried at any one time. Drinking a lot of water was fine when the water barrels were full, but regular supplies could not be relied upon even outside of the desert areas. It was this habit of running 'dry' trains that probably gave rise to the expression of 'going on the wagon', meaning to stop drinking alcohol.

    • The late Joanna Moore is the mother of actress Tatum O'Neal.

    • Carolyn Jones later starred as the seductively weird Morticia, wife of Gomez, in the original T.V. series of the Addams Family.

    • Michael Rennie started his acting career in England in amateur dramatics. His most famous role is probably that of the alien Klaatu in "The Day The World Stood Still" who came to Earth with his robot, the giant Gort, to see what we were up to in the Atomic age. He later went on to star in the T.V. version of "The Third Man" as Harry Lime.

    • Mark Stevens also directed several episodes of Wagon Train.

    • Mercedes McCambridge won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1949 for her role in All the King's Men. She later provided the voice of the demon in The Exorcist.

    • Amongst other roles as an adult, Susan Oliver turned up in an episode of Star Trek (the original series).

    • In the 1960's Chuck Connors starred in two other westerns -The Rifleman, as a widower bringing up his son alone, and "Branded" as a Cavalry office dismissed for cowardice and trying to clear his name.

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    Trivia (10)

    • This episode marks John McIntire's first appearance on 'Wagon Train.' In the story, McIntire plays Andrew Hale. When he returns in season 4, taking over for Ward Bond, his character undergoes a slight name change, and he is called Christopher Hale.

    • Guest star James Best plays another role just three episodes later.

    • James Best appeared in another role just three episodes ago.

    • This episode marks Ward Bond's last on-screen appearance as Major Adams. Sadly, the actor died on November 5, 1960 from a heart attack. He would remain credited through the March 7th broadcast of 'The Nancy Palmer Story.'

    • This was Ward Bond's final Wagon Train episode. Bond died on November 5, 1960. The absence of the Major Adams character was never explained in the series.

    • This is the last episode in which Ward Bond is credited as Major Adams. The Ward Bond episodes are usually syndicated separately from the John McIntire episodes. That makes this the 138th and final episode of the original version of 'Wagon Train.'

    • Taking a cue from the huge success of 'The Virginian,' the seventh season saw production switch from black-and-white to color. Also, stories were expanded from 60 minutes to 90 minutes.

    • The Marshall mansion shown at the beginning of the episode was the same mansion used for The Munsters, a 1960s television show about a family of monsters. Coincidentally, Beverly Owen, who guest starred as Grace Marshall, portrayed the first Marilyn Munster, the only human member in the Munster family.

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  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Wanted to move west after this show.

    By RockWolf, Sep 03, 2012

  • This program is quite simply a classic.

    By dragonfly_pat, Feb 14, 2009

  • This was a classic TV Western drama.

    By vicmackey31, Apr 13, 2006

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