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Wagon Train: The Willy Moran Story

Willy Moran, Adams' old Civil War comrade, is now a drunken wino. Adams offers him a job on the wagon train provided that he stay sober.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Wednesday September 18th, 1957

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Special Guest Stars
Ernest BorgnineErnest Borgnine
As Willy Moran

Guest Stars
Beverly WashburnBeverly Washburn
As Susan Palmer
John Harmon (1)John Harmon (1)
As Fabor
Kevin HagenKevin Hagen
As Lansing
Richard Devon (1)Richard Devon (1)
As Murph
Richard HaleRichard Hale
As Andrew Palmer
Andrew DugganAndrew Duggan
As Dan Brady
Donald RandolphDonald Randolph
As Robinson
Marjorie LordMarjorie Lord
As Mary Palmer
Michael WinkelmanMichael Winkelman
As Ben Palmer

Main Cast
Ward BondWard Bond
As Major Seth Adams
Robert HortonRobert Horton
As Flint McCullough
Frank McGrathFrank McGrath
As Charlie Wooster
Terry WilsonTerry Wilson
As Bill Hawks
Episode Notes
Ernest Borgnine would return as Willy Moran in the show's second season opener Around the Horn.

Marjorie Lord played Kathy Williams in Make Room for Daddy and is the mother of actress Anne Archer.

The name of Andrew Duggan's character in this episode (Dan Brady) would be recycled and used again in the Season Five premiere.

Kevin Hagen would go onto play Doc Baker on Little House on the Prairie.

Episode Quotes
Adams: (to Moran) You were all right at Gettysburg once you sobered up.

Robinson: (to Moran) Get in the back of the wagon, you sot.

Ben: Were you a good fighter, Mr. Moran?
Moran: A lot of people thought so, son.

Moran: (to Mary) You're uncle's so respectable he hurts all over, don't he?

Mary: You're a good man, Willie Moran. Don't let anyone rob you of that.

Adams: Willie, you're an idiot but you're my kind of idiot.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerRichard Lewis (2)
Associate ProducerBoris Ingster
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorRalph Sylos
Director of PhotographyHerbert J. Kirkpatrick
Art DirectorJohn J. Lloyd
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorEdward Haire
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorRichard Birnie
Story ConsultantDwight Newton
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
Warning: Wagon Train season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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