This episode is probably the most famous and best remembered of all Wagon Train episodes because it's directed by Academy Award winner John Ford and has a cameo appearance by the legendary John Wayne.
Robert Horton does not appear in this episode.
Anna Lee would go onto appear as Lila Quartermaine for many years on the daytime drama General Hospital.
Ken Curtis would later be cast as Deputy Festus Hagen on another classic western, Gunsmoke. Curtis was also the son-in-law of episode director John Ford.
John Wayne also portrayed General William T. Sherman in the classic Western How the West Was Won.
John Wayne is billed under the pseudonym Michael Morris in this episode.
Adams: Charlie, don't you know you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar?
Wooster: I need another fly like I need a rattlesnake in my pocket.
Craven: Major, the only thing that really lies ahead is tomorrow and tomorrow comes regardless of which way we're headin'.
Craven: Your appendix, sir, is on your right side.
Wooster: Maybe I got two of 'em. Once I had double pneumonia.
Adams: The subject I have chosen for this Sabbath is "Cleanliness is next to godliness." (pushes Wooster off his horse into the river.)
Adams You make me think I'm talkin' to the eighth wonder of the world.
Craven: And that is?
Adams: A living man without one single, solitary gut.
Wagon Train's most famous episode is everything it's cracked up to be. Fine directing from John Ford, excellent acting by both the regulars and the guest stars, and even a brief cameo by the legendary John Wayne. Gunsmoke never had this.