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Wagon Train: The Duke Shannon Story

Duke Shannon joins the series when he and Bill Hawks go in search of Charlie Wooster and Duke's grandfather, who are looking for a lost gold mine.

Episode Info
Episode number: 4x30
Airdate: Wednesday April 26th, 1961

Guest Stars
James Griffith (1)James Griffith (1)
As Sterkel
Leonard P. GeerLeonard P. Geer
As Clay
Frank McHughFrank McHugh
As Henry Shannon
John CasonJohn Cason
As Jeff
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
Episode Notes
Though he'd appeared once before in Weight of Command, Denny Miller becomes a regular in this episode playing Duke Shannon. Miller would stay with the series until the end of Season Seven.

Robert Horton does not appear in this episode.

This episode features one of the series' best fights between Denny Miller and Terry Wilson.

Episode Quotes
Wooster: Drinkin' sweet cider ain't drinkin'.

Henry: Except for pannin' a little gold every now and then I am dead set against work of any kind.

Duke: Are you always this unfriendly?
Hawks: No, just when somebody slips up on me in the middle of the night.

Duke: What kind of a fellow was this Mr. Sterkel?
Hawks: The kind you wouldn't wanna let get behind you.

Duke: (to Charlie) A man can only push himself so hard. After that, he's just foolin' himself to think he's doin' any good.

Hawks: Your granddaddy teach you how to fight?
Duke: Not good enough, I guess.
Hawks: It's good enough for me.

Episode Goofs
This episode illustrates the inconsistencies that sometimes plagued the series. Though Duke Shannon had appeared once before in Weight of Command, here he's a total stranger to the wagon train crew when he walks into their camp.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerHoward Christie
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorRalph Sylos
Director of PhotographyWalter Strenge
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Music ScoreRichard Shores
Film EditorMarston Fay
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorFrank Losee
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Theme MusicJerome Moross
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