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Wagon Train: The Zeke Thomas Story

Zeke Thomas and his second wife are headed west with the train when he's confronted with a huge problem. During a stopover, Zeke sees his first wife who's very much alive.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x11
Airdate: Wednesday November 27th, 1957

Director: John Brahm
Writer: Halsted Welles


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Special Guest Stars
Gary Merrill
As Zeke Thomas

Guest Stars
Denver Pyle
As Bragg
Recurring
Frances Morris
As Older Woman
Recurring
Kathleen O'Malley
As Younger Woman
Recurring
Donald Towers
As Wagon Train Member
Harold Stone
As Mayor Tucker (as Harold J. Stone)
Jack Hendricks
As Gang Member
Janice Rule
As Maggie Thomas
K.T. Stevens
As Violet Thomas
Mike Steen
As Gang Member
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
Gary Merrill would later co-star with Robert Horton in the 1965 film The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones.



Episode Quotes
Flint: There's a town.
Thomas: What's wrong with that?
Fint: I didn't know there was one there.

Flint: Every man in this town is a thief.

Mayor: Drink first, Mr. Thomas?
Thomas: After what you charge for water, I doubt if I could afford your whiskey.

Violet: What'll she do if she finds out about me?
Thomas: If you ever tell her I'll kill you.
Violet: What if she finds out all by herself and she leaves you? You gonna kill her too? You sure gotta lot of killin' to do.

Maggie: You think Zeke has secrets from me?
Violet: Well, honey, if he doesn't, he should.

Mayor: (to Violet) After you spent your life goin' down the wrong road, why try to turn around?



Analysis
A critic once stated that guest star Gary Merrill was "the poster boy for uninteresting actors" and that's pretty much the way things go here in this episode. We don't really care one way or another about Merrill or Janice Rule, the two leading guest stars here. Secondary guests K. T. Stevens and Harold J. Stone do better but not enough to lift the episode completely.



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 DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorLee Huntington
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorJohn E. Pommer
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
 
Warning: Wagon Train season 1 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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