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Wagon Train: The Shadrack Bennington Story

Medicine man Shad Bennington joins the wagon train on the last leg of its journey with an unusual traveling companion--a performing lion.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x37
Airdate: Wednesday June 22nd, 1960

Director: Jerry Hopper
Writer: Fred Cassidy

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Special Guest Stars
David Wayne
As Shadrack Bennington

Guest Stars
Charles Herbert
As Winfy Robertson
Claire Carleton
As Mrs. Teale
David McMahon (1)
As Officer Muldoon
Gene Roth
As Jenny's Father
Laurie Mitchell
As Princess Fatima
Maggie Pierce
As Jenny
Steve Darrell
As Huntley Robertson
Henry Hunter
As Dr. Stevens
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.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
David WayneShadrack Bennington, This Can't Be You 

Episode Quotes
Fatima: How can you go east from Kansas City and end up in Denver?
Bennington: Well, it ain't easy.

Bennington: You can't domesticate me. I'm a cavalier of the open road. If I get married it would ruin my whole personality.
Fatima: Your personality could stand a little upgrading.

Jenny: (about Bennington) Isn't he wonderful, Major Adams?
Adams: Well, he's got a great spiel. I'll say that for him.

Adams: Why didn't you tell me last night you had a wild animal with you?
Bennington: He is not a wild animal. He is a domestic pet.

Jenny: Mr. Bennington, do you believe in love at first sight?
Bennington: Miss Jenny, on a night like this, it's possible to believe in all sorts of nonsense.

Bennington: Winfy, you gotta keep your eye on lions and women, They both wanna own you.

Hawks: Whadda you suppose is wrong with Caesar, Major?
Adams: Sounds like he's been eatin' some of Charlie's cookin'.

Adams: (to Bennington) Coffee's a little better tonight. I don't know what happened to Wooster.

Episode Goofs
Nitpick: It's never mentioned at the end of the episode just what became of Caesar the lion.

Kind of a shame to have Robert Horton absent from the season finale. Couldn't they have at least worked in a cameo for him? The episode also features one of the more ludicrous moments in show history when Major Adams pulls the bad tooth of a lion. I guess a hippo was unavailable.

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
Film EditorGene Palmer
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorGeorge Bisk
Editorial SupervisorRichard G. Wray
Theme MusicJerome Moross
Warning: Wagon Train season 3 episode 37 guide may contain spoilers
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