|The Travels of
|1963 - 1964
The story of a boy and a father headed west
to the California gold fields by wagon train
the year 1849.
Travelers to the gold country included:
- Kurt Russell as Jaimie McPheeters, a
- Dan O'Herlihy as "Doc" Sardius McPheeters,
Jaimie's scalawag of a father. He left Paducah,
Kentucky just ahead of his creditors.
- Donna Anderson as Jenny, a pretty
- Mark Allen and Meg Wyllie as Mr.
(Matt) and Mrs. Kissel, two
bible-believing folk who named their four boys
after chapters in the good book.
- Osmond Brothers (Alan, Jay,
Merrill and Wayne) as the Kissel
Brothers - Micah, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and
Lamentations. They sing on the trail.
- Hedley Mattingly as Henry T. Coe, a
- Vernett Allen III as Othello, Coe's
- Michael Witney as Buck Coulter, the
Wagon Master. He died (trampled) while saving
Jaimie McPheeter's life.
- Charles Bronson as Linc Murdock,
a rugged, stubborn fellow who replaced Buck Coulter as the Wagonmaster.
Along the journey, Linc discovers a former
girlfriend in a saloon, and puts aside the
guilt he has carried for years because he
thought he was responsible for her death.
- Sandy Kenyon as Shep Baggott.
- James Westerfield as John Murrell.
- Robert Carriort as Hard Luck
- John Chandler as Dick McBride.
Here are some of Jaimie's exploits during his travels:
- Jaimie helps Foxy Smith, a smooth-talking swindler hide in a
cave from Indians who want his scalp.
- The wagon train come upon a sole survivor of an Indian attack.
- Jaimie is captured by a huge man living in the swamps.
- The wagon train discover two men killed in a gunfight.
- Jaimie encounters an orphan being chased by two men.
- Jaimie is kidnapped by Indians who want to ransom him
for some horses.
- Jaimie becomes disturbed when a fortune teller
predicts that he will kill his father.
- Jaimie discovers a dead boy and two wounded men.
- Jaimie stumbles upon a politician contemplating
- Jaimie finds an Indian baby near his murdered mother.
TRIVIA NOTE: The 26-episode series was based on
the 1958 Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The
Travels of Jaimie McPheeters" written by Robert
Lewis Taylor. The Osmond Brothers (Alan, Jay,
Merrill and Wayne) sang the theme
Kurt Russell and Charles Bronson reprised their
roles of Jaimie McPheeters and Linc Murdock in
the 1964 made-for-TV movie called Guns of
Diablo. The film was based on two-episodes
from the series. In the film Russ Conway played
the role of Doc McPheeters.
Obituaries: Dan O'Herlihy: 02/17/2005; Charles
Bronson: 08/30/2003; James Westerfield: 09/20/1971;
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