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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Parts of the Indian attack were seen in a few previous episodes. Note the same Indian/actor getting trampled by his horse. See more »

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One of the Best Episodes
30 August 2019 | by rhklwk-1See all my reviews

I think this is one of the best episodes from Wagon Train's long run. The episode uses excellent and exciting stock footage from various films, which adds a gritty realism to the story. The acting is superb. The three featured older women (especially Beulah Bondi and Jan Clayton) had long, successful careers. The fact that none of the men broke down, in contrast with women, does not bother me at all. At that time, the men would have made the decision to pull up stakes and move west. The women had little choice in the matter, and when they (the women) said goodbye to their parents, they knew it was forever. The men took responsibility for the family decision, but had to put on a good face, as going back was unrealistic. The men are not without remorse, however. I do agree with one writer that this script was written for Ward Bond, but Robert Horton does very well with this part, and showcases his talent which, far from being wooden, is pretty solid. This is television, and for being television, this episode easily rates a TEN from me.

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