Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Jasper Cato Story 

Wanting a safe escort through Indian country, a stranger rides upon the wagon train. Telling the major his reasons for being there, the truth is soon uncovered and it causes two men to come to change their lifelong habits.


Arthur Hiller


Robert Libott (teleplay) (as Robert Yale Libbott), Frank Phares (teleplay & story)




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Brian Donlevy ... Jasper Cato
Allen Case ... Jim Collins
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Peggy Webber ... Millie Collins
Emile Meyer ... Capt. John Pederson
Fred Sherman Fred Sherman ... Judge
David McMahon ... Special Patrol Officer
Michael Hinn Michael Hinn ... Townsman Leading Protest Against Jasper Cato


Jasper Cato asks Major Adams to join the wagon train as it crosses Indian territory. He is obviously from the east but says he is not wanted. Adams lets him join the train but has reservations. Cato stirs up the other members of the train with his snooping forcing Adams to ask him what he is up to. Cato says the man he is after has an inheritance waiting but he is not on the train. He gives Adams a description of the man which Adams recognizes but does not tell Cato. The next day as the train camps, he leaves the train to go to the next town to see Adam's godson whose father may be the man in question. When Adams confronts Jim about Cato, Jim tells Adams that he is the man and wanted for stealing $1,000. Cato followed Adams and tells Jim he is under arrest. However, Jim escapes knocking out Cato and tying up Adams. When Adams breaks loose and Cato wakes up, Cato tells his version of what happened. To their surprise Jim returns to take his punishment but there is still more to the ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

4 March 1959 (USA) See more »

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Revue Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Inspector Javert Goes West
1 November 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Brian Donlevy is the guest star as the Wagon Train comes near the town of Clearwater. Though he doesn't tell wagonmaster Ward Bond why he joins the train, it's because he's a detective from the Boston Police Department on the trail of someone as it turns out is a good friend of Bond's.

The Jean Valjean of the story is Allen Case happily married to Peggy Webber, editor of the newspaper in Clearwater and now proud father. But he has a past as a petty thief on the Boston waterfront.

Donlevy gives a good performance as the Javert like detective hounding Case across the continent. He's got his reasons which are revealed in the end. But the end is also one cop out of a climax, not at all like in Les Miserables.

It's one of the weaker episodes of the Wagon Train series.

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