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Wagon Train: The Joshua Gilliam Story

Con artist Joshua Gilliam, found beaten and left for dead on the trail by Major Adams, offers to teach school in return for his passage. However, he's soon up to his old tricks when he puts the moves on a spinster who's coming into a large inheritance.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x25
Airdate: Wednesday March 30th, 1960

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Special Guest Stars
Dan Duryea
As Joshua Gilliam

Guest Stars
Bethel Leslie
As Greta Halstead
Pitt Herbert
As Miller
Betsy Brooks
As Sharon
Irene Tedrow
As Freda Halstead
Ricky Allen (1)
As Harvey Miller
Main Cast
Ward Bond
As Major Seth Adams
Frank McGrath
As Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson
As Bill Hawks
Episode Notes
Robert Horton does not appear in this episode although Flint McCullough is mentioned several times in the dialogue.

Joshua Gilliam ranks as one of the slimiest characters in show history.

Episode Quotes
Gilliam: I always insist on earning my own way wherever I go.

Freda: Isn't this a rather strange place to find a Princeton man?
Gilliam: Well, I understand you can find a Princeton man most anywhere.

Freda: (about Gilliam) I'm sure he's a teacher but what else is he?

Hawks: Charlie, you'd be happy with Death Valley if they had a saloon in the middle of it.

Wooster: By golly, I never saw a man so anxious to get to work as you.
Gilliam: Time is fleeting, Mr. Wooster. A day lost is a day lost forever.

Adams: You're pretty strong for a school teacher.
Gilliam: I believe in keeping the body as well as the mind in shape, Major.

Hawks: Why would he wanna get rid of her?
Adams: Maybe 5,000 acres of Sacramento Valley land and nobody standin' in the way except a sharp-eyed old lady.

Joshua Gilliam is one of the slimiest characters in Wagon Train history and meets a fitting fate at the end.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerHoward Christie
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorRalph Sylos
Director of PhotographyBenjamin H. Kline
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
Theme MusicJerome Moross
Warning: Wagon Train season 3 episode 25 guide may contain spoilers
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