Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Prairie Story 

The story of the women of the wagon train and the unforgiving prairie through which they pass. Who will endure, and who will give up? Who will live, and who will die?


Mitchell Leisen


Jean Holloway




Episode cast overview:
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale (credit only)
Jan Clayton ... Charity Kirby
Beulah Bondi ... Grandma Bates
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Diane Jergens ... Sally Miller
John Archer ... Matt Kirby
Virginia Christine ... Clara Reynolds
William Herrin William Herrin ... Tom Miller
Jack Buetel ... Jack Reynolds
Mickey Sholdar Mickey Sholdar ... Garth Kirby
Ilana Dowding Ilana Dowding ... Patience Kirby


The harsh sun, violent wind, pouring rain, wild Indians, the desolate prairie stretching on mile upon torturous mile, seemingly without end. Enough to challenge the strongest man. But what of the women? Plucked from their homes, their hearths, their friends, everything familiar and secure. How will they survive this unforgiving land? "The women make up the strength of this train." So says Flint McCullough. Which of the women will endure, and which will the prairie conquer? There's Mrs. Clara Reynolds from Philadelphia; Mrs. Sally Miller, young newlywed bride; Mrs. Charity Kirby, Gloucester woman who refused to leave her piano behind; and finally, Grandma Bates, seasoned veteran of the prairie crossing from her youth, on her way back to California. Written by Christopher D. <imdbreviews@gmail.com>

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Release Date:

1 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Pioneer Women At Their Best
19 June 2018 | by spiritof67See all my reviews

Have to completely disagree with a reviewer who seemed to think that this episode showed a stereotypical and weak characterization of pioneer women and that the women in this episode should have been "stronger". Typical of city folks who've never heard of Prairie Fever. It was real. And other episodes showed it affecting men as well as women. To complete my contradiction this episode not only includes four of the finest Western soliloquies I've heard, delivered by Beulah Bondi as Grandma AND this episode was WRITTEN by a woman, Jean Holloway whose other credits include 'Til The Clouds Roll By and Words and Music. I give props to this episode for showing just how hard the Way West really was. And for showing how tough it was on everyone, including the women. .

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