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Wagon Train: A Man Called Horse

When Major Adams encounters a white man dressed in Native American clothing and calling himself Horse, he gets the man to relate his unusual story.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x26
Airdate: Wednesday March 26th, 1958

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Special Guest Stars
Ralph Meeker
As Horse

Guest Stars
Michael Pate
As Yellow Robe
William Riggs
As Crow Brave
Anthony Numkena
As Little Hunter
Bernie Gozier
As Sioux Brave
Bill Hale
As 1st Cowboy
Celia Lovsky
As Old Woman
Edgar Dearing
As Lorimer
Jacqueline Mayo
As Yellow Robe's Squaw
Joan Taylor
As Bright Star
Jorie Wyler
As Lucinda Lorimer
Owen Cunningham
As Ben the Storekeeper
Main Cast
Ward Bond
As Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton
As Flint McCullough
Frank McGrath
As Charlie Wooster
Episode Notes
The story of this episode would later be made into a movie in 1970 entitled A Man Called Horse starring Richard Harris in the title role.

The Season Two episode, The Bije Wilcox Story, was also based on the original story which formed the basis for this episode.

Episode Quotes
Adams: Where'd you pick up the old squaw?
Horse: That squaw is my mother.

Yellow Robe: What are you called?
Horse: I have no name.
Old Woman: Everyone has a name. Even the dogs.
Horse: I'll think of one.

Yellow Robe: The sport is over. Return to camp. For a horse, there is always work.

Little Hunter: A Sioux is a Crow enemy not yours.
Horse: Any enemy of yours is an enemy of mine.

Adams: Sometimes it takes a man time to find out where his home really is.

Adams: You never did tell us what your real name was.
Horse: Yes, I did. It's Horse.

Episode Goofs
Terry Wilson is billed in the ending credits but does not appear in the episode.

Probably the best episode of the show's premiere season. Better than the 1970 movie that was based on the episode mainly because Ralph Meeker gives a much more effective performance here than the hambonish Richard Harris did years later.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerRichard Lewis (2)
Associate ProducerBoris Ingster
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 DirectorAbby Singer
Assistant To The ProducerRobert Eggenweiler
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
Warning: Wagon Train season 1 episode 26 guide may contain spoilers
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