Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Michael McGoo Story 

When four brothers are orphaned, no one on the train wants all four. Charlie is determined to find a home for the four together and even proposes to a spinster who wants the boys but turns him down so he looks for a husband for her.it.


Jerry Hopper


Norman Jolley




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
John Doucette ... Michael McGoo
Jocelyn Brando ... Ada Meyers
Roger Mobley ... Humphrey Hooper
Donald Losby Donald Losby ... Homer Hooper
Cathleen Cordell ... Mrs. Lawson
Alice Backes Alice Backes ... Carrie
Ray Montgomery ... George
Michael Crisalli Michael Crisalli ... Horace Hooper
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ... Sam


The four Hooper brothers are orphaned when their parents are killed in a wagon accident. Hale hopes to find someone to take the boys in, but the only person on the wagon train who is willing to take all four brothers together is spinster Ada Meyers. Charlie, who, we learn, was also orphaned as a child and permanently separated from his own brothers and sisters, is determined that this not be the fate of the four boys whom he has come to care for, so he proposes to Ada himself. But when Ada tells him that she should not accept a proposal unless the man loves her just as much as the boys, he determines to find a husband for her. A crusty Irish seaman comes into the camp and intrigues the boys with his tales, but Charlie doesn't think he's the right man. Written by rbecker28

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Drama | Western








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20 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The Hooper Kids
7 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Frank McGrath as the grizzled cook Charlie Wooster takes center stage in this Wagon Train episode when he plays Uncle Charlie to the newly orphaned Hooper kids.

Not that there aren't people on the Wagon Train who wouldn't adopt the four Hooper boys. But as John McIntire finds out not all four in the same family. And Uncle Charlie won't let his family be split up.

He also kind of likes being a father figure and spinster lady Jocelyn Brando might take them herself with a husband. That problem might be solved in the person of Michael McGoo, a charming old sea captain with tales from the ocean that bedazzle both the Hooper kids and Ms. Brando.

John Doucette plays McGoo with a lot of blarney and charm. This is a very heart warming Wagon Train story for the whole family.

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