Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Captain Dan Brady Story 

Dan Brady, a colorful, boisterous and veteran frontier scout famous in the East, demands to be taken on as trail scout. Hale faces a dilemma as he will lose a freight contract necessary to finance the wagon train if he doesn't hire Brady.


Virgil W. Vogel


Gene L. Coon




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Joseph Cotten ... Captain Dan Brady
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
David Faulkner David Faulkner ... Murray
Dawn Wells ... Mrs. Murray
Russell Thorson ... Major
Mauritz Hugo ... Haines
Edward Colmans ... Brown
Joanna Moriarty Joanna Moriarty ... Sally
Ann Morell Ann Morell ... Loretta (as Anne Morrell)
Michael McGreevey ... Boy (as Mike McGreevey)
Stan Kahn Stan Kahn ... Kester


Thirty years earlier Rocky Mountain Dan Brady killed the Sioux Chief Red Cloud. He has taken Red Cloud's son, John Grey Cloud, under his wing and the two have become quite wealthy doing Wild West shows recreating the incident. Brady has promised to take the Americanized John Grey Cloud back home so he has wired Chris Hale that he will be his chief scout on his new wagon train as it is the only going near his destination. Hale has won an Army freighting contract and is using the money to expand by buying supplies and twenty-five new wagons to lease to settlers who don't have the proper equipment. He ignores the wire thinking it is a prank as he already has Flint McCullough back who he trusts. When he rejects Brady's offer who is highly regarded as he is famous in the East, John Grey Cloud suggests Brady use his influence with the Army to break Hale's contract to force him to hire Brady which he reluctantly does. Hearing Hale has hired Brady, Flint decides to quit as Hale along with ... Written by Anonymous

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27 September 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Dazzled by celebrity
5 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Joseph Cotten made the first of two appearances on Wagon Train in this season 5 opener. He plays a Buffalo Bill type character who has decided to give up his Wild West show act and return to the Rocky Mountains of his youth and where he made his bones as a frontiersman. He has offered his services to the Chris Hale Wagon Train.

But John McIntire already has a scout, two of them in fact, Robert Horton and Denny Miller. Never mind that Cotten uses the prestige of his celebrity to force his way on the Wagon Train and then does a lot of undermining McIntire's authority.

The parallel between Cotten's Dan Brady and Buffalo Bill Cody is quite real. Cody was a frontiersman who had the acquaintance of Ned Buntline who with his penny dreadful novels created his celebrity far and wide. And he also made his initial fame killing Cheyenne war chief Yellow Hand at the battle of War Bonnet Gorge. In this story Cotten takes and raises his opponent's son Paul Comi.

In the end Cotten doesn't make the trip, but the circumstances are for you to see. It's a Liberty Valance ending.

Joseph Cotten is always worth watching though.

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