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Wagon Train: The Weight of Command

Major Adams and Bill Hawks have a falling out over how to deal with attacking Native Americans.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x18
Airdate: Wednesday January 25th, 1961

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Guest Stars
Clancy Cooper
As Joe Henry
Dan Riss
As George Gentry
Dana Dillaway
As Prudence Gentry
Henry Wills
As Leader
Jan Arvan
As Charlie
Jeanne Bates
As Hester Gentry
Nancy Rennick
As Judith Foster
Richard Crane
As Dan Foster
Wilton Graff
As Colonel
Tommy Rettig
As Billy Gentry
Main Cast
Ward Bond
As Major Seth Adams
Frank McGrath
As Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson
As Bill Hawks
Denny Miller
As Duke Shannon
Episode Notes
Robert Horton does not appear in this episode.

This episode marks the first appearance of Denny Miller as Duke Shannon although he would not become a regular until later in Season Four.

Episode Quotes
Adams: The Cheyenne'll tell you that where buffalo's concerned the white man knows absolutely nothing.

Hawks: I hate to think about missin' out on the best buffalo hunt of the season just because Malachi Jenkins is holed up with a jug.

Adams: (to Hawks) Sure, you're right. I'm guessin'. But it's my job to guess at a time like this.

Adams: Did you hear me, Bill?
Hawks: I just pray to God that you know what you're doin', that's all.
Adams: I do too.

Hawks: The great Major Adams! You'd rather throw two men to the dogs than admit you're wrong.

Episode Goofs
Nitpick: Denny Miller is billed under his real name in the ending credits but when he joined the cast he would be billed as Scott Miller.

Nitpick: It's never revealed what happened to the never seen but frequently mentioned Malachi Jenkins.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerHoward Christie
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.  |  Ralph Sylos
Director of PhotographyBenjamin H. Kline
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Music ScoreRichard Shores
Film EditorMarston Fay
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorFrank Losee
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Theme MusicJerome Moross
Warning: Wagon Train season 4 episode 18 guide may contain spoilers
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