Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Cole Crawford Story 

The young Crawford couple is trying to leave their past behind but having difficulty doing it. The wagon train is crossing a massive ranch and the owner's son refuses to let Mrs. Crawford leave nor will the train members help them.


Frank Arrigo


Thomas Thompson




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
James Drury ... Cole Crawford
Diana Millay ... Helen Crawford
Robert Colbert ... Blake Dorty
Ray Teal ... Shag Dorty (as Ray E. Teal)
Brett King Brett King ... Frank
Rodney Bell Rodney Bell ... Mr. Edwards (as Rod Bell)
Fay Wray ... Mrs. Edwards


The wagon train is crossing the Shag Dorty ranch which is massive and the area they are in is a bog when it rains which could stop the wagons. Young newlyweds, Cole and Helen Crawford have joined the wagon train and it is obvious that Helen is a stranger to being a wife and cook. She is quite beautiful which draws the attention of the men but the ire of the wives. The Dorty foreman, Frank, visits the train and spots Helen which he reports to Blake, Shag's son, at the ranch house where Shag is praising him for running off and burning out squatters. Upon hearing about Helen, Blake decides to take Frank and go after her. At the wagon train he belittles them as their wagon is falling apart and tells Helen she is soon to be a widow. He eventually tells the train she was a saloon girl who entertained men. Blake eventually drags Cole into a fight but Helen shoots and kills him. Only Chris is willing to stand up with them when Shag returns with his men. Written by Anonymous

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11 April 1962 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Reassertion, that's the name of the game
7 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Ray Teal best known for being Sheriff Roy Coffee on Bonanza plays the local owner of a Ponderosa like ranch. But he certainly hasn't raised his son the way Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe in this Wagon Train story.

As it happens Teal usually lets the Chris Hale Wagon Train go through his land. But this year John McIntire has a young married couple, James Drury and Diana Millay, as passengers. She's a real pretty girl and the old hens are jealous and they start cackling.

Millay was also the former play thing of Robert Colbert, Teal's spoiled young son and she got tired of that and married Drury. Colbert is looking to reassert his claim.

That's the start of a lot of trouble and a crisis of sorts for McIntire. Drury also is keeping a big secret which is revealed in the end.

Good performances by the ensemble regulars and the guest cast. Look for Fay Wray the object of King Kong's affection as leader of the cackling hens.

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