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Wagon Train: The Ruth Owens Story

A woman's brother kills a man who made a derogatory remark about her only to discover later that the remark was true.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Wednesday October 09th, 1957

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Special Guest Stars
Shelley Winters
As Ruth Owens

Guest Stars
Dean Stockwell
As Jimmy Drew
Kent Smith
As Paul Owens
Charles Seel
As Passenger
Hope Summers
As Passenger
K.L. Smith
As Lank Carr
Malcolm Atterbury
As John Bixby
Minerva Urecal
As Mrs. Smith
Ralph Moody
As Foster Carr
Wendy Winkelman
As Sarah Owens
Ann Morrison
As Passenger
Emerson Treacy
As George Hanks
Harry Tyler
As Williams
Jim Brandt
As James Hanks
Tom Brandt
As Abraham Hanks
Main Cast
Ward Bond
As Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton
As Flint McCullough
Frank McGrath
As Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson
As Bill Hawks
Episode Notes
Bill Hawks here is just another wagon train passenger not the assistant wagon master he would later become.

Dean Stockwell would later co-star in Quantum Leap.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Shelley WintersGoin' Over Jordan 

Episode Quotes
Ruth: Jimmy, if you're a woman and you're alone it can crush you like the earth falling in on you.

Adams: You can't make a man wanta live that's already dead inside.

Adams: Now don't get yourself worked up into a lather, Mr. Carr. You'll get your pound of flesh but it'll be sundown like I said.

Ruth: (to Jimmy) You're just like Pa. Filled with righteousness and hate.

Despite a good cast of guest stars (Shelley Winters, Dean Stockwell, Kent Smith) this episode flattens out early and pretty much lies there the rest of the way. Probably to be expected since it is an early episode and the producers were still experimenting with what was going to work and what wasn't.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerRichard Lewis (2)
Associate ProducerBoris Ingster
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upLeo Lotito, Jr.
Set DecoratorJames Redd
Director of PhotographyHerbert J. Kirkpatrick
Art DirectorJohn J. Lloyd
Film EditorBill Mosher
Assistant DirectorWill Sheldon
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
Warning: Wagon Train season 1 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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