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Wagon Train: The Horace Best Story

Preparing for another trip West, Adams takes distant cousin Horace Best, who wants to be a wagonmaster, under his wing. But Horace might not be up to the task.

Episode Info
Episode number: 4x2
Airdate: Wednesday October 05th, 1960

Director: Jerry Hopper
Writer: Jean Holloway

Special Guest Stars
George GobelGeorge Gobel
As Horace Best

Guest Stars
Ken CurtisKen Curtis
As Pappy Lightfoot
Otto WaldisOtto Waldis
As Otto Osterloh
Allen JenkinsAllen Jenkins
As Gillespie
Joe Flynn (1)Joe Flynn (1)
As Edwin Crook
Mary FieldMary Field
As Mrs. Gillespie
Main Cast
Ward BondWard Bond
As Major Seth Adams
Robert HortonRobert Horton
As Flint McCullough
Frank McGrathFrank McGrath
As Charlie Wooster
Terry WilsonTerry Wilson
As Bill Hawks
Episode Notes
Ken Curtis would go onto play Deputy Festus Haggan on Gunsmoke.

Joe Flynn would go onto play Captain Binghamton on McHale's Navy.

The song in this episode, Go West with Horace Best, would be whistled or played as background music in several future episodes.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
George GobelGo West with Horace Best 

Episode Quotes
Wooster: (to Adams) I've heard you called skinflint, tightwad, and Scrooge all within a matter of five minutes.

Best: My pappys never lasted too long once mama got 'em back in the hills.
Adams: What did she do--talk 'em to death?

Best: (to Adams) You're my hero even if you are a Yankee.

Best: And you're a crook?
Crook: That's my name not my profession.

Flint: I don't want a salary. I want a percentage of the profits.
Adams: You are out of your cotton pickin' head.

Flint: Let's don't lose our temper.
Adams: Keep your own temper. I'll keep mine.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerHoward Christie
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Director of PhotographyBenjamin H. Kline
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorWallace Worsley, Jr.
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Theme MusicJerome Moross
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