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Wagon Train: The Christopher Hale Story

The company assigns a new wagonmaster, the brutal and hard-driving Jud Benedict, to the train. Benedict alienates everyone on the train which then picks up Christopher Hale, a former wagonmaster who has just lost his family to a Native American attack. Can Hale be persuaded to take over for the tyrannical Benedict?

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x25
Airdate: Wednesday March 15th, 1961

Special Guest Stars
Lee MarvinLee Marvin
As Jud Benedict

Guest Stars
L.Q. JonesL.Q. Jones
As Lenny
Nancy RennickNancy Rennick
As Mrs. Stevens
Claire CarletonClaire Carleton
As Mrs. Hennessey
Wesley LauWesley Lau
As Stevens
Boyd "Red" MorganBoyd "Red" Morgan
As Wash
Charles HorvathCharles Horvath
As Muerto
Gabrielle des EnfantsGabrielle des Enfants
As Bonnie Stevens
William DemarestWilliam Demarest
As Hennessey
Main Cast
Robert HortonRobert Horton
As Flint McCullough
John McIntireJohn McIntire
As Christopher Hale
Frank McGrathFrank McGrath
As Charlie Wooster
Terry WilsonTerry Wilson
As Bill Hawks
Episode Notes
John McIntire joins the series in this episode replacing Ward Bond. He would remain with the series for the remainder of its run.

Wesley Lau would later join the cast of the classic CBS legal drama Perry Mason as Lt. Anderson.

The only scene in which the two leads (Robert Horton, John McIntire) appear together is the final one when Flint, who had earlier been sent up ahead to scout, returns to greet the wagon train and notices that Hale is the new wagonmaster.

Episode Quotes
Wooster: Will somebody tell me who the new wagonmaster is?
Flint: Jud Benedict, Charlie.
Wooster: Jud Benedict! I wish I hadn't a asked.

Hale: Just call me Chris.
Wooster: Ain't you got no last name?
Hale: Is a last name important?

Benedict: (to Flint) You have a fine reputation as a scout. I hope you can live up to it.

Hale: (to Hawks and Wooster) I would appreciate it if you'd forget I ever was a wagonmaster. I'm trying to.

Hennessey:(to Lenny) What kind of a wagonmaster is that Benedict anyway that he's gotta bring gunslicks with him?
Benedict: Why don't you ask him?

Hennessey: What's that fool Benedict tryin' to do--kill off our horses?

Benedict: (to Hawks) If people don't have the stuff for a trip like this they shouldn't have left in the first place.

Benedict: Mr. Hale, anything to say?
Hale: I told you I'm just a paying passenger but that doesn't mean I have to listen to your speeches.

Hale: I'm gonna throw you off this wagon train, Benedict.
Benedict: You better get an early start.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerHoward Christie
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.  |  Ralph Sylos
Director of PhotographyWalter Strenge
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Theme MusicJerome Moross
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