Wagon Train - The hour-long western drama WAGON
TRAIN/NBC/ABC/1957-65 told the stories of the people who traveled west by wagon
train from St. Joseph, Missouri to California in the days following the Civil
Wooster, Hale, Hawks, and Cooper
These hopeful pioneers faced all sorts of trials and tribulations along the
trail, including rough terrain, hostile Indians, bandits, torrential rain,
blinding blizzards and dwindling supplies. But through it all, the wagon train
always arrived at it destination with the help of a hardy wagon train crew.
The members of the wagon train crew included:
- Ward Bond as Wagonmaster Major Seth Adams who shouted his signature
catchphrase "Wagoooons HO!"
- John McIntire as Wagonmaster Christopher Hale (who
replaced Major Seth Adams)
- Terry Wilson as Bill Hawks, assistant Wagonmaster
- Robert Horton as Flint McCullough, frontier scout who
rode ahead of the wagon train scouting the frontier for hazards
and possible places the wagon train could stay for the night. When
Flint left the services of the wagon train, he was replaced by
Duke Shannon and Cooper Smith.
- Scott (Denny) Miller as Duke Shannon, frontier scout
- Robert Fuller as Cooper Smith, frontier scout
- Frank McGrath as Charlie Wooster, the trail cook
- Michael Burns as Barnaby West, a tagalong 13-year-old
orphan heading west who was found along the trail.
Here are more programs that
featured wagon train travel.
Dusty's Trail/SYN/1973 - Western comedy about a wagon train going west
lead by Mr. Callahan (Forrest Tucker) and his bumbling trail assistant, Dusty
(Bob Denver). The rest of the passengers were derivative of the characters on
GILLIGAN'S ISLAND/CBS/1964-67 (a rich couple, two girls and a guy). (30 Minutes)
The Oregon Trial/NBC/1977
- Set in 1842, this was the story of an
Illinois family who trekked west by wagon train to find a new home in Oregon.
Family members included widower, Evan Thorpe (Rod Taylor); Andrew (Andrew
Stevens); William (Tony Becker) and Rachael (Gina Marie Smika). (60 Minutes)
Travels of Jaimie McPheeters/ABC/1963-64 - Frontier adventures of
Jaimie McPheeters, a 12-year-old boy traveling with his scalawag father, "Doc"
Sardius McPheeters (Dan O'Herlihy) as they headed west to the California gold
fields by wagon train in the year 1849. (60 Minutes)
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