Wagon Train

Season 3 Episode 25

The Joshua Gilliam Story

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Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Mar 30, 1960 on NBC
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The Joshua Gilliam Story
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A conman has plans to become the wagon train's schoolteacher.

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  • Dan Duryea

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    Dan Duryea gives a fine performance in this episode as a conman pretending to be a teacher on the wagon train. His slick charms get the best of a spinster and her mother who suddenly find themselves at his mercy. There's a great scene where he tells the kids about the Salem witch trials and suggestively plants a seed of doubt in them about the spinster's old mother. The scenes that follow where she is using a broom to clean and snaps at the children in her customary fashion scares them so much they are convinced she really is a witch. This leads some of the parents to demand that Adams throw the two women off the train. It's a good use of drama and comedy at the same time. The final sequence where the mother wanders off into a ghost town and Duryea's character tries to kill her is truly chilling. Excellent episode that holds up well over fifty years later.moreless
Irene Tedrow

Irene Tedrow

Freda

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Bethel Leslie

Bethel Leslie

Greta Halstadt

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Betty Brooks

Betty Brooks

Sharon

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Dan Duryea

Dan Duryea

Joshua Gilliam

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