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Wagon Train: The Robert Harrison Clarke Story

Robert Harrison Clarke, a British journalist, decides that traveling with the wagon train would be a good place for him to learn about the wild west. However, his carelessness and naivete lead to a showdown with a dangerous Native American chief.

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x5
Airdate: Monday October 14th, 1963

Director: William Witney
Writer: Gene L. Coon

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Special Guest Stars
Michael Rennie
As Robert Harrison Clarke
Brian Keith
As Sgt. Gault

Guest Stars
Henry Silva
As Ram Singh
George Keymas
As John Warbow
Royal Dano
As John Bouchette
Randy Boone
As Private Jamie
L.Q. Jones
As Ike Truman
Jan Arvan
As Cheif Oopaknah
Dean Williams
As Grider
William Bryant
As Captain Jeterman
Rees Vaughn
As Lt. Crane
Main Cast
John McIntire
As Christopher Hale
Robert Fuller
As Cooper Smith
Frank McGrath
As Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson
As Bill Hawks
Denny Miller
As Duke Shannon
Episode Notes
Henry Silva, who usually plays heavies, appears in a sympathetic role in this episode.

In this episode there's a nearly ten minute prologue before the opening credits roll.

Episode Quotes
Clarke: (to Hale) Why don't you Americans go down to the market and shoot cows? I'm sure you'd find it quite as thrilling.

Duke: Who taught you to frickasie gravel like that?
Wooster: Them was dumplings.

Hawks: You an Oxford man?
Coop: Well, I had it in mind once but I got tangled up with a wagon train run by a man named Hale.

Hale: Everybody likes me, Duke.
Hawks: Why don't you tell that to Robert Harrison Clarke?

Bouchette: If a man gets spooky ever time a Kiowa gets itchy he'd never have time to make a dollar.

Clarke: These are the government surveyors?
Bouchette: They didn't hire us for our looks.

Jeterman: I'd hate to lose you, Sergeant.
Gault: Wouldn't want that myself.

Jamie: Sarge, I ain't never seen a hostile.
Gault: Don't you fret, son. You're gonna see a whole flock of 'em before long.

Clarke: I judge by my own personal experiences, Mr. Hale.
Hale: You just go ahead and have your personal experiences. You might even live through 'em.

Jamie: (after the patrol is wiped out) What are we gonna do now, Sarge? What are we gonna do?
Gault: We're gonna find us a hole and crawl in it.

Warbow: Give us the soldiers!
Hale: Your words make a big smell in my nose, John.

Clarke: We're going to die here, aren't we?
Hale: We all have to die someplace.

If you placed an episode of Wagon Train in a time capsule for future generations this might be the episode you would choose.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerHoward Christie
Associate ProducerFrederick Shorr
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upLeo Lotito, Jr.
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.
Director of PhotographyBud Thackery
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Music ScoreMorton Stevens
Film EditorEdward Haire
SoundFrank H. Wilkinson
Assistant DirectorBen Bishop (3)
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Color CoordinatorRobert Brower
Theme MusicJerome Moross
Warning: Wagon Train season 7 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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