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Wagon Train: The Riley Gratton Story

Major Adams sets out to recover passengers' money which was taken from them by con man Riley Gratton.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x12
Airdate: Wednesday December 04th, 1957

Director: John Brahm
Writer: William Fay


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Special Guest Stars
Guy Madison
As Riley Gratton

Guest Stars
Gregg Palmer
As Paul Dawson
Recurring
Gregory Walcott
As John Dawson
Recurring
Larry J. Blake
As Otto
Recurring
Malcolm Atterbury
As Bixby
Recurring
Dirk Evans
As Bartender
Jean Carson
As Annie
Jim Hayward
As Willie Gentry
Karen Steele
As Sarah Dawson
Sammy Ogg
As Sam

Uncredited
Ellen Atterbury
As Mrs. Bixby
Recurring
Leonard P. Geer
As Henchman
Recurring
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
Guy Madison, playing a heavy in this episode, had just finished a run as a hero playing the title role in The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickock.

The casting director for this episode was really alert as he/she cast three tall actors to play the Dawsons. You don't always see that on television.



Episode Quotes
Adams: There's more saddle sores than dollars in a job like mine.

Gratton: (to Adams) You know how it is with old soldiers. We just do the best we can.

Paul: You call me sis?
Sarah: Well I wasn't trying to scare the crows.

Sarah: (to Gratton) You're an odd one. I guess we just never had your kind back in Connecticut.

Flint: I can't believe that anyone that's as smart as the Major could let the same thing happen to him twice.
Adams: Why don't you just shut up?

John: How long will you be gone?
Adams: Just as long as it takes me to bring your money back--or Riley Gratton's hide.

Adams: I'll give you just one hour, Riley Gratton, and the Lord have mercy on you if you try to pull anything on me again.

Paul: If you were half a man you'd roll over and let me kick you on the healthy side.
Gratton: I know, Paul. I'm not the kind you can depend on.

Wooster: Why, Major, you know I always mind my own business.
Adams: That'll be the day.



Analysis
Former TV Western hero Guy Madison appears in a change of pace role as a gambler/con man in this episode and pulls it off pretty well. The ending falls a little flat but this one is entertaining enough. James Westerfield does well is a supporting role and Karen Steele is luscious as the Damsel of the Week.



Other Episode Crew

ProducerRichard Lewis (2)
Associate ProducerBoris Ingster
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorPerry Murdock
Director of PhotographyHerbert J. Kirkpatrick
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorMarston Fay
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorCharles S. Gould
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
 
Warning: Wagon Train season 1 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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