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Wagon Train: The Colter Craven Story

Haunted by his experiences in the Civil War, a former Army doctor has taken to the bottle. Major Adams tries to straighten him out by relating the story of another famous heavy drinker--General and later President Ulysses S. Grant.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x9
Airdate: Wednesday November 23rd, 1960

Director: John Ford
Writer: Tony Paulson

Guest Stars
Carleton G. YoungCarleton G. Young
As Dr. Colter Craven
Dennis RushDennis Rush
As Jamie
John CarradineJohn Carradine
As Park Cleatus
Ken CurtisKen Curtis
As Kyle Cleatus
Paul BirchPaul Birch
As Ulysses S. Grant
Richard H. CuttingRichard H. Cutting
As Colonel Lollier
Anna LeeAnna Lee
As Alarice Craven
Beula BlazeBeula Blaze
As Jamie's Mother
Chuck HaywardChuck Hayward
As Quentin Cleatus
Cliff LyonsCliff Lyons
As Creel
John WayneJohn Wayne
As General William Tecumseh Sherman (as Michael Morris)

Charles SeelCharles Seel
As Mort
Chuck RobersonChuck Roberson
As Junior
Annelle HayesAnnelle Hayes
As Julia Grant
Hank WordenHank Worden
As Hank Shelley
Jack PennockJack Pennock
As Drill Sergeant Malloy
Mae MarshMae Marsh
As Hannah Grant
Willis BoucheyWillis Bouchey
As Jesse Grant
Main Cast
Ward BondWard Bond
As Major Seth Adams
Frank McGrathFrank McGrath
As Charlie Wooster
Terry WilsonTerry Wilson
As Bill Hawks
Episode Notes
John Wayne is billed under the pseudonym Michael Morris in this episode.

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.

Episode Quotes
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.

Adams: You might have to miss your bath tonight.
Wooster: Bath! I had a bath last Saturday.
Adams: Average person wouldn't know it.

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: That water belongs to the Lord.
Cleatus: The Lord didn't dig the well. I did.

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.

Episode Goofs
Nitpick: John Carradine and Ken Curtis play father and son in this episode but in real life Carradine was only ten years older than Curtis.

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.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerHoward Christie
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorRalph Sylos
Director of PhotographyBenjamin H. Kline
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Theme MusicJerome Moross
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