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The Geneva Balfour Story 

Hale's train must take a dangerous desert route due to hostilities which danger grows when spoiled Geneva Balfour starts a fire destroying supplies to get her husband to return east and Hale lies to train members about the danger's extent.


Sutton Roley


Ken Trevey




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Fuller ... Cooper Smith
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Robert Lansing ... Judge Arthur Forbes
Peter Brown ... Aaron Balfour
Sherry Jackson ... Geneva Balfour
Michael Burns ... Barnaby West
Kathleen Freeman ... Clara Pumfret
James Griffith ... Lew Pumfret
Kate Murtagh ... Hallie McGraw
Byron Foulger ... Cort Sutler
Jack Grinnage ... Jubal Devlin
E.J. André ... Simon Turpin (as E.J. Andre)


Chris Hale has loaded up on supplies because he has learned the Army has closed the normal trail so the wagon train is forced to take a difficult and dry route via the desert. He has tried to bolster the spirit of the people before they start but on the trail they have a few people die including a pregnant woman who died during child birth. One of the members, Judge Arthur Forbes, has questioned many of the orders made by Chris and is highly respected by others. Also on the train is Aaron and Geneva Balfour from back east where Geneva was raised in a privileged family. Pregnant and upset she burns the supplies Chris bought thinking the train will return east and imperiling the whole wagon train. Complicating things is the fact that a fort Chris was counting on is closed so he has lied to the train to keep people moving. Written by Anonymous

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20 January 1964 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.33 : 1
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They all lie and shade the truth
5 February 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This one was an interesting and entertaining episode of Wagon Train in which even the regulars lie or at best shade the truth some to keep the Train moving.

The army due to Indian trouble has declared the regular trail out of bounds. Which means that John McIntire is forced to use a desert route, a particularly bad route that Robert Fuller and Denny Miller both say is a rough cross.

McIntire buys extra supplies and they set out, but Sherry Jackson in the title role of The Geneva Balfour Story is a willful young bride who was spoiled rotten by her rich parents and in a moment of both fear and pique sets fire to those supplies halfway across.

After that McIntire and Fuller are forced into lies of different kinds trying to keep the people of the Wagon Train strong enough for the crossing and not ready to lynch Jackson. Her husband Peter Brown is willing to take the rap for her. And Robert Lansing who was a judge back east is a passenger challenging McIntire's authority.

It's a nicely done story about how even good people have to lie sometimes to accomplish their objective.

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