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Wagon Train: The Janet Hale Story

This flashback episode details the death of wagonmaster Chris Hale's wife, Janet, in a Native American massacre while he was away guiding a wagon train.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x35
Airdate: Wednesday May 31st, 1961



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Guest Stars
Jeanette NolanJeanette Nolan
As Janet Hale
Recurring
Bethel LeslieBethel Leslie
As Helen Martin
Recurring
Charles AidmanCharles Aidman
As Whit Martin
Recurring
Claudia BryarClaudia Bryar
As Ada Hale
Recurring
Richard H. CuttingRichard H. Cutting
As Josh Hale
Recurring
Wendy WinkelmanWendy Winkelman
As Marie Hale
Recurring
X BrandsX Brands
As Native American
Recurring
Bobby HyattBobby Hyatt
As Jeff Hale
Dennis GuernseyDennis Guernsey
As Jimmy Martin
Kathy ConverseKathy Converse
As Sally Martin
Robert WarwickRobert Warwick
As Red Cloud
Main Cast
John McIntireJohn McIntire
As Christopher Hale
Frank McGrathFrank McGrath
As Charlie Wooster
Terry WilsonTerry Wilson
As Bill Hawks
Denny MillerDenny Miller
As Duke Shannon
Episode Notes
Jeanette Nolan was the wife of Wagon Train star John McIntire.

Robert Horton does not appear in this episode.



Episode Quotes
Helen: Whit, I don't wanna stay here.
Whit: Of course you do, honey

Whit: We need each other more than ever now.
Helen: Yes we do but not here.

Janet: Chris, I'm tired of homecomings. So tired that this will be the last one.

Hale: A house raising is a wonderful American custom. I hope it never disappears from this land.

Hale: (to Helen) My family perished so that others might live and they died in vain only if there are no others. Others like you.

Helen: (to Whit) I told you I wasn't gonna stay out here with no neighbors so I went and found me some.



Episode Goofs
In this episode Chris Hale states that he's been heading wagon trains for 10 years but in The Christopher Hale Story he said he'd been doing it for 20 years.



Analysis
The major flaw in this episode is the actor who plays Chris Hale's son. The kid is such a doofus that you almost want to applaud when a Native American arrow strikes him in the back. Otherwise, the episode is fine.



Other Episode Crew

ProducerHoward Christie
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.  |  Ralph Sylos
Director of PhotographyWalter Strenge
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Music ScoreSidney Fine
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorEdward K. Dodds
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Theme MusicJerome Moross
 
Warning: Wagon Train season 4 episode 35 guide may contain spoilers
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