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Wagon Train


Wagon Train Cast

Series Description

Wagon Train was a 60 minute (90 minutes in season 7 only) western action series on NBC for its first five seasons and on ABC thereafter. It told the stories of pioneers travelling through the unsettled territories to reach California. Along the way they encountered "wild" Indians, cattle rustlers, con men, blizzards in the mountains, running out of water in the desert and every other hazard you can imagine. The series also often explored the motivations that caused average people to leave civilization for the unknown lives they would find in the Western United States!

Wagon Train Cast

Ward Bond .......... Major Seth Adams
John McIntire ...... Christopher Hale
Robert Horton ...... Flint McCullough
Terry Wilson ....... Bill Hawks
Frank McGrath ...... Charlie Wooster
Denny Miller ....... Duke Shannon
Robert Fuller ...... Cooper Smith
Michael Burns ...... Barnaby West

Wagon Train Trivia

    

Ward Bond started his acting career when one of his fellow football players at USC got him some work as an "extra". Oh by the way, his team mate was John Wayne! By the way, Ward Bond's first job was in the 1929 musical "Words and Music". That was also the first movie where John Wayne got listed in the opening credits!

Each season, the Wagon Train would head out from St. Joseph, Missouri and would reach California at the end of the season! It was almost like making the treck yourself!

Wagon Train had 2 wagonmasters during its run. Ward Bond died in November of 1960 and John McIntire took over as the head man in the spring of 1961.

It's almost hard to believe but, in fact, after shooting the Wagon Train TV show in color for its seventh season, ABC decided to return to black and white episodes in the eighth season! No big surprise that that was also the final season! Actually, the show did drop in the ratings during the seventh season but ABC had also lengthened it from one hour to 90 minutes and it was up against a new hot (and newer) series called "The Virginian".

Robert Fuller (Cooper Smith) appeared in the final 2-part episode of "Walker Texas Ranger" as the charachter Wade Harper. He also starred on the hit 1959 TV show "Laramie" as Jess Harper. His first role on screen was a bit part (uncredited) in "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell!

Wagon Train was not only popular with audiences. Actors and actresses were very easy to get as guest stars. Here's a list of just a few: Eddie Albert, Dan Blocker, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef, Chuck Connors, Lou Costello, Bette Davis, Bruce Dern, Rhonda Fleming, Sterling Hayden, Lee Marvin, Martin Milner, Ricardo Montalban, Agnes Moorehead, Leonard Nimoy, Leslie Nielsen, Ryan O'Neal, Cliff Robertson, Cesar Romero, Mickey Rooney, Barbara Stanwyck, Dean Stockwell, Robert Vaughn, Shelley Winters, James Whitmore and Keenan Wynn!

One reason that big stars were willing to appear on Wagon Train was that the storylines often made them the main character. The regular Cast were often delegated to supporting roles while the guest-star became the main focus of the show.

Many years after his role as Duke Shannon on Wagon Train, Denny Miller appeared on the final episode of the TV mini-series, "Lonesome Dove". He played the part of Sheriff Owen Kearney.

Theme Song

Title: "Wagon Train"

By: "Henri Rene & Bob Russell"

Roll along
Wagon Train.

Rollin over prairie where there ain't no grass,
Rollin over mountain where there ain't no pass.
Sittin on a board
eye in the weather,
Prayin to the Lord
We stay together
Side by side on the Wagon Train.

Wagon Train
Roll along.

Pickinup a passenger in every town,
Wonderin if he's ever gonna shoot you down.
Lookin for a pal,
ain't it a pity,
Lookin for a gal,
needn't be pretty
If she'll ride on the Wagon Train.

Wagons ho!

Gotta keep em on the run.
Time to go!
And follow the sun.
Roll along
Wagon Train.

Never had a cabin near a general store,
Only had a wagon and a forty four.
Sittin on a board
Eyein the weather
Prayin to the Lord
we stay together
Sid by side on the Wagon Train ...

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Wagon Train - The First Season

  1. Willy Moran Story (9/18/1957)
  2. Jean LeBec Story (9/25/1957)
  3. John Cameron Story (10/2/1957)
  4. Ruth Owens Story (10/9/1957)
  5. Les Rand Story (10/16/1957)
  6. Nels Stack Story (10/23/1957)
  7. Emily Rossiter Story (10/30/1957)
  8. John Darro Story (11/6/1957)
  9. Charles Avery Story (11/13/1957)
  10. Mary Halstead Story (11/20/1957)
  11. Zeke Thomas Story (11/27/1957)
  12. Riley Gratton Story (12/4/1957)
  13. Clara Beauchamp Story (12/11/1957)
  14. Julia Gage Story (12/18/1957)
  15. Cliff Grundy Story (12/25/1957)
  16. Luke O'Malley Story (1/1/1958)
  17. Jessie Cowan Story (1/8/1958)
  18. Gabe Carswell Story (1/15/1958)
  19. Honorable Don Charlie Story (1/22/1958)
  20. Dora Gray Story (1/29/1958)
  21. Annie MacGregory Story (2/5/1958)
  22. Bill Tawnee Story (2/12/1958)
  23. Mark Hanford Story (2/26/1958)
  24. Bernal Sierra Story (3/12/1958)
  25. Marie Dupree Story (3/19/1958)
  26. Man Called Horse, A (3/26/1958)
  27. Sarah Drummond Story (4/2/1958)
  28. Sally Potter Story (4/9/1958)
  29. Daniel Barrister Story (4/16/1958)
  30. Major Adams Story, The - Part 1 (4/23/1958)
  31. Major Adams Story, The - Part 2 (4/30/1958)
  32. Charles Maury Story (5/7/1958)
  33. Dan Hogan Story (5/14/1958)
  34. Ruttledge Munroe Story (5/21/1958)
  35. Rex Montana Story (5/28/1958)
  36. Cassie Tanner Story (6/4/1958)
  37. John Wilbot Story (6/11/1958)
  38. Monte Britton Story (6/18/1958)
  39. Sacramento Story (6/25/1958)

Wagon Train - The Second Season

  1. Around the Horn (10/1/1958)
  2. Juan Ortega Story (10/8/1958)
  3. Jennifer Churchill Story (10/15/1958)
  4. Tobias Jones Story (10/22/1958)
  5. Liam Fitzmorgan Story (10/28/1958)
  6. Doctor Willoughby Story (11/5/1958)
  7. Bije Wilcox Story (11/19/1958)
  8. Millie Davis Story (11/26/1958)
  9. Sakae Ito Story (12/3/1958)
  10. Tent City Story (12/10/1958)
  11. Beauty Jamison Story (12/17/1958)
  12. Mary Ellen Thomas Story (12/24/1958)
  13. Dick Richardson Story (12/31/1958)
  14. Kitty Angel Story (1/7/1959)
  15. Flint McCullough Story (1/14/1959)
  16. Hunter Malloy Story (1/21/1959)
  17. Ben Courtney Story (1/28/1959)
  18. Ella Lindstrom Story (2/4/1959)
  19. Last Man (2/11/1959)
  20. Old Man Charvanaugh Story (2/18/1959)
  21. Annie Griffith Story (2/25/1959)
  22. Jasper Cato Story (3/4/1959)
  23. Vivian Carter Story (3/11/1959)
  24. Conchita Vasquez Story (3/18/1959)
  25. Sister Rita Story (3/25/1959)
  26. Matthew Lowry Story (4/1/1959)
  27. Swift Cloud Story (4/8/1959)
  28. Vincent Eaglewood Story (4/15/1959)
  29. Clara Duncan Story (4/22/1959)
  30. Duke LeMay Story (4/29/1959)
  31. Kate Parker Story (5/6/1959)
  32. Steve Campden Story (5/13/1959)
  33. Chuck Wooster, Wagonmaster (5/20/1959)
  34. Jose Maria Moran Story (5/27/1959)
  35. Andrew Hale Story (6/3/1959)
  36. Rodney Lawrence Story (6/10/1959)
  37. Steele Family (6/17/1959)
  38. Jenny Tannen Story (6/24/1959)

Wagon Train - The Third Season

  1. Stagecoach Story (9/30/1959)
  2. Greenhorn Story (10/7/1959)
  3. C.L. Harding Story (10/14/1959)
  4. Estaban Zamora Story (10/21/1959)
  5. Elizabeth McQueeney Story (10/28/1959)
  6. Martha Barham Story (11/4/1959)
  7. Cappy Darrin Story (11/11/1959)
  8. Felizia Kingdom Story (11/8/1959)
  9. Jess MacAbbee Story (11/25/1959)
  10. Danny Benedict Story (12/2/1959)
  11. Vittorio Bottecelli Story (12/16/1959)
  12. St. Nicholas Story (12/23/1959)
  13. Ruth Marshall Story (12/30/1959)
  14. Lita Foladaire Story (1/6/1960)
  15. Colonel Harris Story (1/13/1960)
  16. Marie Brant Story (1/20/1960)
  17. Larry Hanify Story (1/27/1960)
  18. Clayton Tucker Story (2/10/1960)
  19. Benjamin Burns Story (2/17/1960)
  20. Ricky and Laura Bell Story (2/24/1960)
  21. Tom Tuckett Story (3/2/1960)
  22. Tracy Sadler Story (3/9/1960)
  23. Alexander Portlass Story (3/16/1960)
  24. Christine Elliot Story (3/23/1960)
  25. Joshua Gilliam Story (3/30/1960)
  26. Maggie Hamilton Story (4/6/1960)
  27. Jonas Murdock Story (4/13/1960)
  28. Amos Gibbon Story (4/20/1960)
  29. Trial for Murder - Part 1 (4/27/1960)
  30. Trial for Murder - Part 2 (5/4/1960)
  31. Countess Baranof Story (5/11/1960)
  32. Dick Jarvis Story (5/18/1960)
  33. Dr. Swift Cloud Story (5/25/1960)
  34. Luke Grant Story (6/1/1960)
  35. Charlene Brenton Story (6/8/1960)
  36. Sam Livingston Story (6/15/1960)
  37. Shad Bennington Story (6/22/1960)

Wagon Train - The Fourth Season

  1. Wagons Ho! (9/28/1960)
  2. Horace Best Story (10/5/1960)
  3. Albert Farnsworth Story (10/12/1960)
  4. Allison Justis Story (10/19/1960)
  5. Jose Morales Story (10/26/1960)
  6. Princess of a Lost Tribe (11/2/1960)
  7. Cathy Eckhardt Story (11/9/1960)
  8. Bleymier Story (11/16/1960)
  9. Colter Craven Story (11/23/1960)
  10. Jane Hawkins Story (11/30/1960)
  11. Candy O'Hara Story (12/7/1960)
  12. River Crossing (12/14/1960)
  13. Roger Bigelow Story (12/21/1960)
  14. Jeremy Dow Story (12/28/1960)
  15. Earl Packer Story (1/4/1961)
  16. Patience Miller Story (1/11/1961)
  17. Sam Elder Story (1/18/1961)
  18. Weight of Command (1/25/1961)
  19. Prairie Story (2/1/1961)
  20. Path of the Serpent (2/8/1961)
  21. Odyssey of Flint McCullough (2/15/1961)
  22. Beth Pearson Story (2/22/1961)
  23. Jed Polke Story (3/1/1961)
  24. Nancy Palmer Story (3/7/1961)
  25. Christopher Hale Story (3/15/1961)
  26. Tiburcio Mendez Story (3/22/1961)
  27. Nellie Jefferson Story (4/5/1961)
  28. Saul Bevins Story (4/12/1961)
  29. Joe Muharich Story (4/19/1961)
  30. Duke Shannon Story (4/26/1961)
  31. Will Santee Story (5/3/1961)
  32. Jim Bridger Story (5/10/1961)
  33. Eleanor Culhane Story (5/17/1961)
  34. Chalice (5/24/1961)
  35. Janet Hale Story (5/31/1961)
  36. Wagon to Fort Anderson (6/7/1961)
  37. Ah Chong Story (6/14/1961)
  38. Don Alvarado Story (6/21/1961)

Wagon Train - The Fifth Season

  1. Captain Dan Brady Story (9/7/1961)
  2. Kitty Allbright Story (10/4/1961)
  3. Maud Frazer Story (10/11/1961)
  4. Selena Hartnell Story (10/18/1961)
  5. Clementine Jones Story (10/25/1961)
  6. Jenna Douglas Story (11/1/1961)
  7. Artie Matthewson Story (11/8/1961)
  8. Mark Miner Story (11/15/1961)
  9. Bruce Saybrook Story (11/22/1961)
  10. Lizabeth Ann Calhoun Story (12/6/1961)
  11. Traitor (12/13/1961)
  12. Bettina May Story (12/20/1961)
  13. Clyde (12/27/1961)
  14. Martin Onyx Story (1/3/1962)
  15. Dick Pederson Story (1/10/1961)
  16. Hobie Redman Story (1/17/1962)
  17. Malachi Hobart Story (1/24/1962)
  18. Dr. Denker Story (1/31/1962)
  19. Lonnie Fallon Story (2/7/1962)
  20. Jeff Hartfield Story (2/14/1962)
  21. Daniel Clay Story (2/21/1962)
  22. Lieutenant Burton Story (2/28/1962)
  23. Charley Shutup Story (3/7/1962)
  24. Amos Billings Story (3/14/1962)
  25. Baylor Crowfoot Story (3/21/1962)
  26. George B. Hanrahan Story (3/28/1962)
  27. Swamp Devil (4/4/1962)
  28. Cole Crawford Story (4/11/1962)
  29. Levi Hale Story (4/18/1962)
  30. Terry Morrell Story (4/25/1962)
  31. Jud Steele Story (5/2/1962)
  32. Mary Beckett Story (5/9/1962)
  33. Nancy Davis Story (5/16/1962)
  34. Frank Carter Story (5/23/1962)
  35. John Turnbull Story (5/30/1962)
  36. Hiram Winthrop Story (6/6/1962)
  37. Heather Mahoney Story (6/13/1962)

Wagon Train - The Sixth Season

  1. Wagon Train Mutiny (9/19/1962)
  2. Caroline Casteel Story (9/26/1962)
  3. Madame Sagittarius Story (10/3/1962)
  4. Martin Gatsby Story (10/10/1962)
  5. John Augustus Story (10/17/1962)
  6. Mavis Grant Story (10/24/1962)
  7. Lisa Raincloud Story (10/31/1962)
  8. Shiloh Degnan Story (11/7/1962)
  9. Levy-McGowan Story (11/14/1962)
  10. John Bernard Story (11/21/1962)
  11. Kurt Davos Story (11/28/1962)
  12. Eve Newhope Story (12/5/1962)
  13. Orly French Story (12/12/1962)
  14. Donna Fuller Story (12/19/1962)
  15. Sam Darland Story (12/26/1962)
  16. Abel Weatherly Story (1/2/1963)
  17. Davey Baxter Story (1/9/1963)
  18. Johnny Masters Story (1/16/1963)
  19. Naomi Kaylor Story (1/30/1963)
  20. Hollister John Garrison Story (2/6/1963)
  21. Lily Legend Story (2/13/1963)
  22. Charlie Wooster--Outlaw (2/20/1963)
  23. Sara Proctor Story (2/27/1963)
  24. Emmett Lawton Story (3/6/1963)
  25. Annie Duggan Story (3/13/1963)
  26. Michael McGoo Story (3/20/1963)
  27. Adam MacKenzie Story (3/27/1963)
  28. Tom Tuesday Story (3/25/1963)
  29. Heather and Hamish (4/10/1963)
  30. Blane Wessels Story (4/17/1963)
  31. Tom O'Neal Story (4/24/1963)
  32. Clarence Mullins Story (5/1/1963)
  33. David Garner Story (5/8/1963)
  34. Alias Bill Hawks (5/15/1963)
  35. Antone Rose Story (5/22/1963)
  36. Jim Whitlow Story (5/29/1963)
  37. Barnaby West Story (6/5/1963)

Wagon Train - The Seventh Season

  1. Molly Kincaid Story (9/16/1963)
  2. Fort Pierce Story (9/23/1963)
  3. Gus Morgan Story (9/30/1963)
  4. Widow O'Rourke Story (10/7/1963)
  5. Robert Harrison Clarke Story (10/14/1963)
  6. Myra Marshall Story (10/21/1963)
  7. Sam Spicer Story (10/28/1963)
  8. Sam Pulaski Story (11/4/1963)
  9. Eli Bancroft Story (11/11/1963)
  10. Kitty Pryer Story (11/17/1963)
  11. Sandra Cummings Story (12/2/1963)
  12. Bleeker Story (12/9/1963)
  13. Story of Cain (12/16/1963)
  14. Cassie Vance Story (12/23/1963)
  15. Fenton Canaby Story (12/30/1963)
  16. Michael Malone Story (1/6/1964)
  17. Jed Whitmore Story (1/13/1964)
  18. Geneva Balfour Story (1/20/1964)
  19. Kate Crawley Story (1/27/1964)
  20. Grover Allen Story (2/3/1964)
  21. Andrew Elliott Story (2/10/1964)
  22. Melanie Craig Story (2/17/1964)
  23. Pearlie Garnet Story (2/24/1964)
  24. Trace McCloud Story (3/2/1964)
  25. Duncan McIvor Story (3/9/1964)
  26. Ben Engel Story (3/16/1964)
  27. Whipping (3/23/1964)
  28. Santiago Quesada Story (3/30/1964)
  29. Stark Bluff Story (4/6/1964)
  30. Link Cheney Story (4/13/1964)
  31. Zebedee Titus Story (4/20/1964)
  32. Last Circle Up (4/27/1964)

Wagon Train - The Eighth Season

  1. Bob Stuart Story (9/20/1964)
  2. Hide Hunters (9/27/1964)
  3. John Gillman Story (10/4/1964)
  4. Race Town Story (10/11/1964)
  5. Barbara Lindquist Story (10/18/1964)
  6. Brian Conlin Story (10/25/1964)
  7. Alice Whitetree Story (11/1/1964)
  8. Those Who Stay Behind (11/8/1964)
  9. Nancy Styles Story (11/22/1964)
  10. Richard Bloodgood Story (11/29/1964)
  11. Clay Shelby Story (12/6/1964)
  12. Little Girl Lost (12/13/1964)
  13. Story of Hector Heatherington (12/20/1964)
  14. Echo Pass Story (1/3/1965)
  15. Chottsie Gubenheimer Story (1/10/1965)
  16. Wanda Snow Story (1/17/1965)
  17. Isaiah Quickfox Story (1/31/1965)
  18. Herman (2/14/1965)
  19. Bonnie Brooke Story (2/21/1965)
  20. Miss Mary Lee McIntosh Story (2/28/1965)
  21. Captain Sam Story (3/21/1965)
  22. Betsy Blee Smith Story (3/28/1965)
  23. Katy Piper Story (4/11/1965)
  24. Indian Girl Story (4/18/1965)
  25. Silver Lady (4/25/1965)
  26. Jarbo Pierce Story (5/2/1965)

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