Dusty's Trail

(ended 1974)




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Dusty's Trail

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Dusty's Trail is a western about two wagons that get lost after being separated from a wagon train on its way to California. The show was created by Sherwood Schwartz in an attempt to re-kindle the magic of Gilligan's Island, which had been cancelled six years previously. It starred Bob Denver, along with a new cast of characters that were blatant copies of those on the earlier series. Dusty was a lovable klutz, like Gilligan. Mr. Callahan was big and powerful but nice and gentle, like Skipper. The others on the wagon were the Brookhavens. They were rich and well to do, just like the Howells. Also on board were a smart engineer named Andy, a lovely saloon girl named Lulu, and a gentle nice and kind teacher named Betsy. At the same time as Dusty's Trail was on, Sherwood Schwartz was also doing the Brady Bunch. A lot of the writers and directors of Dusty's Trail were also writers on Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch. The 1973-1974 season was the first and last season of Dusty's Trail, and the last of five seasons of the Brady Bunch. In 1979 four episodes from Dusty's Trail were edited together and released to theaters as The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West.