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Dusty's Trail

Title Card - DUSTY'S TRAIL

Syndicated
1973
Comedy
30 Minutes

The western comedy DUSTY'S TRAIL/SYN/1973 followed the exploits of a wagon train heading to the gold rush in California. This westward venture was lead by Mr. Callahan (Forrest Tucker), a seasoned wagonmaster and Dusty (Bob Denver), the bumbling frontier scout (with horse named Freckles) who was often responsible for the wagon train being off course.

The wagon train's passenger manifest  included:

  • Ivor Francis as Mr. Carson Brookhaven, a wealthy, snooty. socialite with more money than he could spend in a 100 years. 
  • Lynn Wood as Mrs. Brookhaven, his equally snooty wife.
  • Jeannine Riley as Lulu McQueen, an aspiring showgirl.
  • Lori Saunders as Betsy, a sweet and simple schoolmarm.
  • William Cort as Andy, an educated nice guy.

Forrest Tucker as Mr. Callahan - DUSTY'S TRAIL

Mr. Callahan, the Wagonmaster

Bob Denver as Dusty - DUSTY'S TRAIL

The Brookhavens - DUSTY'S TRAIL

Dusty, the frontier scout

The Brookhavens

Betsy and Lulu - DUSTY's TRAIL

Andy - DUSTY'S TRAIL

Betsy and Lulu

Andy


Listen to Theme Song

Theme Song Lyrics

Let's follow the path of Dusty's Trail,
Oh! Dusty's Trail, Dusty's Trail.
A stage and a wagon heading west.
Part of a wagon train lost from the rest.

Dusty's the reason for their plight.
Thanks to Dusty, nothing's right.
Only the wagonmaster's hand
Keeps 'em a-rollin' to the promised land.

Oh! The going gets mighty rough
But they don't seem to mind.
It's Californ-i-a, that's the place they must find.

Deserts and rocks are in their way
But they wont stop, come what may.
Mountains and hills that they must scale.
But they know they'll make it 'cause they just can't fail.
On Dusty's Trail.


TRIVIA NOTE: The TV series was a reworking of the situation comedy GILLIGAN'S ISLAND also created by Sherwood Schwartz. Instead of being stranded on a remote tropical island, the wagon train passengers  (a rich couple, two girls and a guy) were lost amidst the splendor of the old west as they tried to find a route to California.

Four episodes from the DUSTY'S TRAILS series  ("Tomahawk Territory", "Horse of Another Color", "There is Nothing Like a Dame", and "The Not So Magnificent Seven") were combined to create the movie The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West (1976).

Obituaries: Forrest Tucker - 10/25/1986; Bob Denver - 09/02/2005; Ivor Francis - 10/22/1986; William Cort 09/23/1993


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