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Wagon Train: The Cliff Grundy Story

Cliff Grundy is seriously injured in a buffalo stampede. Flint and another passenger tend to Cliff's injuries but the other passenger has a hidden motive--he wants the location of a gold mine and thinks Grundy knows it.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x15
Airdate: Wednesday December 25th, 1957



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Special Guest Stars
Dan Duryea
As Cliff Grundy
Recurring

Guest Stars
Russell Johnson
As Craig Manson
Recurring
Don Durant
As Lucas
Recurring
Harry Harvey, Jr.
As Millard
Recurring
Fred Graham
As Bartender
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
Dan Duryea would reprise his role as Cliff Grundy in the first season finale The Sacramento Story.

Russell Johnson would later play the Professor on the classic CBS comedy Gilligan's Island.



Episode Quotes
Flint: If all days were like today this job would be a picnic.
Adams: Sure would. Even the women are calm and peaceable.

Flint: Cliff's all right, Major. If he can't shoot a buffalo, he can sure talk him to death.

Flint: (about Grundy) When he stops talkin' about that mine we'll know he's dead.

Flint: Are you all right, Cliff?
Grundy: No, I ain't, but I ain't gonna die either.

Flint: How do you feel?
Grundy: I feel like I been tromped on by a herd of buffalo. How do you think I feel?

Manson: (about the Sioux) What chance would we have if they came back?
Flint: What chance would Cliff have if we left him?

Grundy: It appears I ain't a corpse yet.
Flint: No, but you might not have long to wait.

Grundy: Mr. McCullough, would you care to join me in a little stroll to nowhere?



Episode Goofs
In the scene where Flint and Cliff Grundy are attacked by a bear it's pretty obvious that it's an actor wearing a bear suit.



Analysis
Better than you would expect from an Aaron Spelling penned episode but that's mostly because of a great guest shot from Dan Duryea as the tall tale telling frontiersman Cliff Grundy. Russell Johnson also does well as a character who starts out decently enough but later lets his greed get the best of him.



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
Film EditorGene Palmer
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorJohn E. Pommer
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
 
Warning: Wagon Train season 1 episode 15 guide may contain spoilers
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