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Wagon Train: The Trace McCloud Story

When the wagon train stops to rest at a town called Bedrock, a series of murders occur. Is the culprit someone on the train or a townsperson?


Episode Info


Episode number: 7x24
Airdate: Monday March 02nd, 1964



  • Currently 9.5/10
9.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Larry PennellLarry Pennell
As Trace McCloud

Guest Stars
Audrey DaltonAudrey Dalton
As Lola Modina
Recurring
Charlie BriggsCharlie Briggs
As Joe Weaver
Recurring
Hank BrandtHank Brandt
As Ingram
Recurring
Harry HarveyHarry Harvey
As Mayor Ives
Recurring
James McCallionJames McCallion
As Roger Bannister
Recurring
John LuptonJohn Lupton
As Ernie Weaver
Recurring
Nora MarloweNora Marlowe
As Hilda Bannister
Recurring
Rachel AmesRachel Ames
As Florence Yeager
Recurring
Richard H. CuttingRichard H. Cutting
As Knudsen
Recurring
Stanley AdamsStanley Adams
As Merlin the Great
Recurring
Paul NewlanPaul Newlan
As Ben Tatum
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
Michael Burns (1)Michael Burns (1)
As Barnaby West
Episode Notes
The script for this episode would later be recycled and used again in an episode of Laredo entitled Sound of Terror.

Robert Fuller does not appear in this episode.



Episode Quotes
McCloud: There are times I feel this town doesn't appreciate me.

Hawkes: How come all these people left Bedrock at the same time?
McCloud: Well, sir, the town just didn't seem to have much future.

Wooster: (to Merlin) A fellow magician, huh? Wait'll you seem some of my tricks.
Duke: There's this one where he takes a perfectly good piece of meat and turns it into shoe leather.

McCloud: Sometimes I wish I was an only child or an orphan.
Lola: I wouldn't recommend it.

McCloud: (to Hale) We thought we'd get away from the strangler. Looks like we brought him with us.

Barnaby: Is this all the food you brought me?
Wooster: A detective has to learn to travel on short rations.
Barnaby: I think I'd rather be a scissors grinder.

Wooster: I've been working on this case and I intend to turn the guilty party over to you in 24 hours.
Hale: Charlie, a word of advice, just tend to your cooking.

Wooster: (to Barnaby) A good detective knows evidence when he sees it. He don't have to know what he's lookin' for.



Episode Goofs
Charlie Wooster refers to Mrs. Knudsen (the first murder victim) as Mrs. Newton twice in the dialogue.



Episode References
Did the writers choose the name of the town of Bedrock after the one in The Flintstones as a joke or was it coincidental?



Analysis
Perhaps the best episode of the series. Definitely the best color episode.



Other Episode Crew

ProducerHoward Christie
Associate ProducerFrederick Shorr
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistLarry Germain
Make-upBud Westmore
Set DecoratorRalph Sylos  |  John McCarthy, Jr.
Director of PhotographyJohn F. Warren
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorBuddy Small
SoundMelvin M. Metcalfe, Sr.
Assistant DirectorEdward K. Dodds
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Color CoordinatorRobert Brower
Theme MusicJerome Moross
 
Warning: Wagon Train season 7 episode 24 guide may contain spoilers
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