Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Kate Parker Story 

The wagon train pushes ahead when one of the passengers has an accident. With only a wagon between two couples, one person decides to leave with money including some gold coins. They have an accident and the storm's only getting worse.


Tay Garnett


Leonard Praskins (teleplay), Howard R. Evans (story)




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Virginia Grey ... Kate Parker
Warren Stevens ... Jonas Parker
Royal Dano ... Boone Caulder
Robert Fuller ... Chris Finley
Ruta Lee ... Evvie Finley
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks


The Finleys are a young couple recently married still in their honeymoon stage while the Parkers are an older unhappily married couple. Chris Finley is a wanted man which Adams knows. Both are on Adams wagon discussing the issue when the Finley wagon has an accident paralyzing Evvie Finley who was driving the wagon. With the Finley wagon destroyed, they put her in the Parker wagon but are afraid to move her. Due to worry about snow the wagon train goes on to the next town leaving the Finleys and Parkers to wait for help to return. Kate Parker has a considerable sum of money with her. Her husband had been planning to leave her so he takes the money, wagon, and Kate leaving the Finleys stranded alone. A branch knocks out Jonas allowing Kate to escape but she falters in the cold snow. Jonas leaves with the money on foot the next day. Mountain man Boone Caulder rescues Kate. Kate soon learns Boone is an uneducated but wise man especially about men and women. Adams returns the next day ... Written by Anonymous

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Touching couple
14 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When I was a lad Wagon Train was one of my favorite shows and this is an episode I remember.

The main plot concerns Virginia Grey a rich woman traveling west with her no account rat of a husband Warren Stevens who at the appropriate opportunity is going to run off with her money and abandon her in the snowbound mountain passes.

But what I really remember is the contrasting couple Robert Fuller and Ruta Lee who are just the picture of young love. The story calls for Ruta Lee's spine to be fractured in a wagon accident. Young Fuller who would later be a Wagon Train regular as Cooper Smith is just the picture of young gallantry as he attends to his young bride.

The image will linger with you long after you see this very touching Wagon Train story.

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Release Date:

6 May 1959 (USA) See more »

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Revue Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)| Mono


Black and White | Black and White (Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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