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Wagon Train: The Bleecker Story

Ma Bleecker and her gang join the wagon train disguised as farmers in order to gain entry into Fort Bridger and steal a deposit of gold being stored there.


Episode Info


Episode number: 7x12
Airdate: Monday December 09th, 1963



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Special Guest Stars
Ed Nelson
As Al Bleecker
Recurring
Joan Blondell
As Ma Bleecker

Guest Stars
Ruta Lee
As Jenny Hynes
Recurring
Tim McIntire
As Dave Bleecker
Recurring
Holly McIntire
As Holly Bleecker
Recurring
Jan Kemp
As Butler
Recurring
John McKee (1)
As Quincy
Recurring
Tudor Owen
As McFerren
Recurring
Tyler McVey
As Colonel Webster
Recurring
Brooke Bundy
As Bessie McFerren
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
Michael Burns (1)
As Barnaby West
Episode Notes
Tim and Holly McIntire were the son and daughter of Wagon Train star John McIntire.

Robert Fuller only appears briefly in a cameo at the end of the episode.

Denny Miller accidentally hit Tim McIntire for real in this episode.



Episode Quotes
Dave: (to Al) Why don't you just get down off that horse, big brother? We'll see whose head gets busted open.

Dave: He didn't see nothin', Ma.
Ma: Don't be too sure.
Dave: If he had, Al'd shot him by now.

Jenny: Tell me something, you got a girl on that wagon train?
Duke: Well, no ma'am.
Jenny: You might have after I get there.

Hale: Hope you ladies don't mind a little dust.
Ma: We're beginnin' to think we was raised on it, Mr. Hale.

Hawks: Could you sleep with the noise of that bagpipe last night?
Hale: I'm hearing it in my dreams, Bill.

Holly: I wanna know what happened to Jenny.
Ma: She got snakebit. She got snakebit to death.

Ma: Did they believe your story?
Al: No, but there's nothin' they can do about it.

Al: A man with a gun at his back is gonna do just like he's told.

Charlie: Don't try to be a hero, Barney.
Al: That's the best advice you could get, boy.

Ma: Everybody behavin' themselves?
Dave: Like a bunch of trained dogs, Ma.

Al: (to Hale) There's only one thing that keeps your from bein' a really big man. You keep trippin' over your sentiment.



Episode Goofs
Al mistakenly refers to Holly as "Dolly" once in the dialogue.

Nitpick: It's never explained how or where the Bleeckers came into possession of their arsenal of weapons.



Analysis
Despite a sometimes unbelievable plot line this one is entertaining enough with plenty of action.



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 DirectorRussell Kimball
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
SoundMelvin M. Metcalfe, Sr.
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Color CoordinatorRobert Brower
Theme MusicJerome Moross
 
Warning: Wagon Train season 7 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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