Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Ella Lindstrom Story 

Ella Lindstrom loses her husband on the wagon train ride west from Boston. With her seven children she decides to stay the course against the wishes of Major Adams. It gets more complicated when she thinks she is expecting number eight.


Allen H. Miner (as Allen Miner)


Allen H. Miner (as Allen Miner)




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Bette Davis ... Ella Lindstrom
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Cynthia Chenault ... Inga Lindstrom (as Cindy Robbins)
Robert Fuller ... James Fitzpatrick
Alex Gerry ... Dr. Vincent Monroe
Norman Leavitt ... Sam - Bartender
Harold Daye Harold Daye ... Stig Lindstrom (as Harold T. Daye)


Ella Lindstrom and her seven children lose her husband to a mysterious illness on the trail. Adams offers to allow her and the children to return to Boston if they desire but the family agrees in their family meeting to continue west. She asks the Major to take her to Dodge City to see a doctor as she believes she is expecting her eighth child. Her seventh child cannot speak as she had the measles while pregnant with him. The doctor tells her not to worry about the pregnancy. He is concerned but not knowing Ella is unsure what to do so he locates Major Adams and tells him what he found. Ella leaves town early so Adams is forced to tell her himself that the doctor found she is not pregnant but has a growth that is fatal and he gives her 5-6 weeks. In a family meeting she tells the family the situation. They decide to go on to California and the kids will locate foster families on the train. Unknown to Ella her oldest daughter Inga has been seeing a young man James Fitzpatrick but since... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western








Release Date:

4 February 1959 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Revue Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Fuller's first appearance in the series. He would play one more character in this season, then four years later he would take up the regular character of "Cooper Smith" for the final two seasons (7 & 8) of the series. See more »

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Paternalism on the Prairie
28 November 2017 | by susanhathawaySee all my reviews

Although this episode has much to recommend it, mainly Bette Davis's performance, one thing that stands out for me is the shocking paternalism shown by the character of the doctor who diagnosed Ms. Davis's character with a fatal illness. First, he deliberately didn't tell his patient her diagnosis. Then he questioned her extensively about who was the "responsible adult" either traveling with her or waiting for her, as if a woman raising seven children couldn't possibly be a responsible adult. Then, after lying to his patient, he took it upon himself to tell Major Adams her diagnosis, effectively treating him as the woman's guardian. This doctor never appeared to consider for a second that a woman is, in fact, an adult; he insisted on identifying a man who could be "responsible" for her. I suppose that attitude was even more prevalent in the nineteenth century than it is today, but it shocks my conscience that a doctor would lie to his patient and then divulge confidential information about her to a third party.

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