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Wagon Train: The Martin Gatsby Story

Wealthy Martin Gatsby, who's in a hurry to get to California, demands that Hale leave behind a poor family who are causing delays.


Episode Info


Episode number: 6x4
Airdate: Wednesday October 10th, 1962

Director: Jerry Hopper
Writer: Thomas Thompson


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Guest Stars
Harry Carey, Jr.Harry Carey, Jr.
As Jeb Colton
Recurring
James McCallionJames McCallion
As Caleb Lefton
Recurring
Jocelyn BrandoJocelyn Brando
As Grace Lefton
Recurring
Terry BurnhamTerry Burnham
As Marie Lefton
Recurring
Virginia ChristineVirginia Christine
As Elaine Gatsby
Recurring
Fred ClarkFred Clark
As Martin Gatsby
Main Cast
John McIntire
As Christopher Hale
Frank McGrath
As Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson
As Bill Hawks
Denny Miller
As Duke Shannon
Episode Quotes
Gatsby: Hawks, I'm sick and tired of these childish games and it's time Chris Hale knew it.
Hawks: Why don't you go tell him?
Gatsby: Excellent idea. I shall.

Hale: Don't tell me how to run this train, Mr. Gatsby
Gatsby: Mr. Hale, I'm only asking you to read your own rules.

Gatsby: (to Elaine) This is a business trip for me. There's no place in business for sentiment. This is something you never seem to learn.

Gatsby: Do you think I paid good money to waste my time?
Hale: Tell it to me later, Mr. Gatsby. I've got work to do.

Gatsby: I'm sick and tired of waiting around here. When are we leaving?
Hale: When I decide it's time.

Hale: Seems like it always takes a while for folks to get acquainted. Especially with themselves.



Episode Goofs
Nitpick: Elaine Gatsby recovers rather quickly from her nasty fall off the runaway wagon.



Cultural References
One wonders whether or not this episode's screenwriter based the name of Martin Gatsby on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby.



Analysis
This one starts out kind of routine but gets better as it goes along and we discover the truth about the title character of the episode who goes from completely unlikable to somewhat sympathetic by the end.



Other Episode Crew

ProducerHoward Christie
Associate ProducerFrederick Shorr
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.  |  Ralph Sylos
Director of PhotographyBud Thackery
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Music ScoreMorton Stevens
Film EditorEdward Haire
SoundMelvin M. Metcalfe, Sr.
Assistant DirectorGeorge Bisk
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Theme MusicJerome Moross
 
Warning: Wagon Train season 6 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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