Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Cliff Grundy Story 

Mortally wounded in a buffalo stampede, Cliff Grundy's friend Flint stays when the wagon train leaves. Manson says he will help but his reasons for staying become clear as Cliff keeps saying he has a goldmine somewhere and he's recovering.


George Waggner (as george waGGner)


Aaron Spelling




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Dan Duryea ... Cliff Grundy
Russell Johnson ... Craig Manson
Don Durant ... Lucas
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Harry Harvey Jr. Harry Harvey Jr. ... Millard
Fred Graham ... The Bartender


Flint's talkative friend Cliff Grundy joins the wagon train supposedly to stake a claim to a gold strike he found. During a buffalo hunt, Cliff is severely injured during a stampede and not expected to live. The train has to move on so Flint decides to stay with Cliff until he dies. Craig Manson volunteers to stay to help but his real desire is the location of Cliff's gold strike. When a Sioux Indian spots them and Cliff continues to linger and improve, Manson dumps their water supply and leaves Cliff and Flint stranded on foot. Cliff heals enough to walk and the two man strike out for the nearest fort. A lack of water and bear attack almost kills them but they are rescued. They find Manson who has not fared as well and Flint learns about Cliff's "gold strike". Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western








Release Date:

25 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Revue Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Flint McCullough: If I ever get my hands on Craig Manson, I'm gonna tear him apart.
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One old desert rat
25 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Dan Duryea did the first of many appearances on Wagon Train with this episode. He was probably the actor that did more guest star appearances than any other in the history of the show.

In this story Duryea plays an old desert rat, spinner of tall yarns usually in the manner of Andy Devine, but an old friend of Jim Bridger who knew Flint McCullough way back as a lad. He joins the Wagon Train and is welcomed by all.

While on a buffalo hunt for food for the Wagon Train, Duryea gets himself on the wrong end of a stampede. He looks like a goner for sure and Robert Horton volunteers to stay with him to the end. So does another passenger Russell Johnson. But Johnson has some ulterior motives, he wants the location of a gold mine that Duryea claims to have discovered.

As it turns out Duryea has some remarkable recuperative powers which leads to some serious Treasure Of The Sierra Madre type drama out on the plains.

It's not The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, but Duryea is never bad in anything and for once it's nice to see him as a good guy, a bit of a prairie Baron Munchaussen.

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