Special Limited Edition 16 DVD Box Set includes:
- 32 Full Color Wagon Train Episodes on 11 DVD discs
- 16 Classic Wagon Train Episodes on 4 DVD Discs
Exclusive interviews with Wagon Train stars Robert Fuller (Cooper Smith) and Denny Scott Miller (Duke Shannon)
One of the longest running and most popular of all the television westerns, Wagon Train topped the ratings for 8 seasons in the late 1950's and 1960's.
Inspired by John Ford's classic 1950 film, "Wagon Master", Wagon Train debuted on Wednesday, September 18, 1957 on the NBC Television Network. Ward Bond, who starred in "Wagonmaster", recreated his role from the film as Wagonmaster Major Seth Adams. He was joined by costars Robert Horton as Head Scout Flint McCullough, Frank McGrath as the cook Charlie Wooster, and Terry Wilson as Assistant Wagon master Bill Hawks, who all brought their skills as horsemen as well as wonderful western actors to the show, giving Wagon Train a special, western flavor.
Each well crafted episode focused on a personal story of courage and perseverance of not just the main cast, but of the westward-bound emigrants as they made the perilous journey by Conestoga wagon from the banks of the Mississippi to California's Pacific shores in the face of great odds.
The cast was joined each week by Hollywood's brightest stars in guest roles. The ensemble acting, wonderful scripts and great western scenery soon made Wagon Train a fixture in American homes on Wednesday nights, as millions of Americans of all ages tuned in to NBC for classic family entertainment.
When Ward Bond passed away during the 4th season, he was replaced by John McIntire as Christopher Hale, who took over as the new Wagonmaster, a role he played till the series ended in 1965. There were other cast changes as well, Denny Scott Miller took on the role of assistant scout Duke Shannon in 1961, and when Robert Horton left the show in 1963, the producer Howard Christie brought in Robert Fuller (Laramie) as the new scout Cooper Smith. Christie also brought Michael Burns onboard the wagon train as Barnaby West, a teenager looking for his lost father on the trail. One-time stunt man Frank McGrath's character Charlie Wooster, Wagon Train's irrepressible cook, was the only cast member to remain with the show for its entire run.
Another big change to Wagon Train in 1963, its 7th season, was the expansion from a one- hour format in black and white, to 90 minutes in color. In its longer format, the 7th season combined both expanded story-lines and remarkable color photography of the scenic western landscape, and allowed for greater character and plot line development.
Guest stars continued to grace Wagon Train, including performances by Barbara Stanwyck, Ronald Reagan, Peter Falk, Suzanne Pleshette, Bruce Dern, Rhonda Fleming, Burgess Meredith, Neville Brand, Annette Funicello and many, many more!
These 32 color episodes of that 7th season are fully restored and mastered from the original NBC Universal masters by TMG, which is proud to present them for the first time on DVD.
16 Classic Episodes of Wagon Train on 4 DVD discs
These classic episodes of Wagon Train span the entire series, from Season 1 with Ward Bond and Robert Horton, to season 8, when the series returned to a one-hour, black and white format with John McIntire, Robert Fuller and Denny Scott Miller. Reproduced from NBC Universal's original masters, these 16 black and white episodes have never before been released on DVD.
Many fine guest stars appear in these stories of the great westward migration of the 1800's, including Anne Bancroft, Harry Carey Jr., Dan Duryea, Harry Von Zell and Ann Sheridan.
An exclusive look behind the scenes with two of Wagon Train's most memorable actors, Robert Fuller and Denny Scott Miller, who played Scouts Cooper Smith and Duke Shannon. The two stars speak freely about the family of creative people who brought you Wagon Train, from the wranglers and stunt men, to the stars and the producers of the hit series.
The Molly Kincaid Story
Guest Stars: Barbara Stabwyck, Carolyn Jones, Fabian, Harry Cary, Jr.
The Fort Pierce Story
Guest Stars: Ronald Reagan, Ann Blyth, John Doucette
The Gus Morgan Story
Guest Stars: Peter Falk, Tommy Sands
The Widow O'Rourke Story
Guest Stars: Robert Fuller in a dual role, Carol Lawrence
The Robert Harrison Clarke Story
Guest Stars: Michael Rennie, Brian Keith, Henry Silva, Royal Dano
The Myra Marshall Story
Guest Stars: Suzanne Pleshette, Hal Needham
The Sam Spicer Story
Guest Stars: Clu Gulager, Ed Begley
The Sam Pulaski Story
Guest Stars: Ross Martin, Annette Funicello, Morgan Woodward
The Eli Bancroft Story
Guest Stars: Leif Erickson, Bruce Dern, David Carradine
The Kitty Pryor Story
Guest Stars: Diana Hyland, Bradford Dillman
The Sandra Cummings Story
Guest Stars: Rhonda Fleming
The Bleecker Story
Guest Stars: Joan Blondell, Ruta Lee, Ed Nelson
The Story of Cain
Guest Stars: Anne Helm, Ron Hayes
The Cassie Vance Story
Guest Stars: Laraine Day, Richard Carlson
The Fenton Canaby Story
Guest Stars: Jack Kelly
The Michael Malone Story
Guest Stars: Michael Parks, Dick York, Joyce Bulifant
The Jed Whitmore Story
Guest Stars: Neville Brand, Jan Clayton
The Geneva Balfour Story
Guest Stars: Robert Lansing, Peter Brown, Sheery Jackson
The Kate Crawley Story
Guest Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Noah Berry
The Grover Allen Story
Guest Stars: Burgess Meredith, Nancy Gates
The Andrew Elliott Story
Guest Stars: Everett Sloane, Dick Sargent, Skip Homeier
The Melaine Craig Story
Guest Stars: Mynra Fahey, Jim Davis
The Pearlie Garnet Story
Guest Stars: Sharon Farrell, Marilyn Maxwell
The Trace McCloud Story
Guest Stars: Larry Pennell, Audrey Dalton
The Duncan McIvor Story
Guest Stars: Ron Hayes, Chris Robinson
The Ben Engel Story
Guest Stars: John Doucette, Clu Gulager
Guest Stars: Martin Balsam, Jeanne Cooper
The Santiago Quesada Story
Guest Stars: Joseph Wiseman, Peery Lopez, Jena Engstrom
The Stark Bluff Story
Guest Stars: Ray Danton, Jean Hale
The Link Cheney Story
Guest Stars: Charles Drake, Pippa Scott
The Zebedee Titus Story
Guest Stars: Neville Brand, Angela Dorian
The Last Circle Up
Guest Stars: Tom Skerritt, Naomi Stevens, Joe De Santis
The Best of the Classic Episodes:
The Clara Beauchamp Story
Guest Stars: Nina Foch, Sheppard Strudwick
The Zeke Thomas Story
Guest Stars: Gary Merrill, Janice Rule
The Cliff Grundy Story
Guest Stars: Dan Duryea, Russell Johnson, Don Durant
A Man Called Horse
Guest Stars: Ralph Meeker, Michael Pate
The Old Man Charvanaugh Story
Guest Stars: J. Carrol Naish, Dorothy Green
The Kitty Angel Story
Guest Stars: Ann Bancroft, Henry Hull
Chuck Wooster, Wagonmaster
Guest Stars: Harry Carey, Jr., Douglas Kennedy, Jean Inness
The Jess MacAbee Story
Guest Stars: Andy Devine, Glenda Farrell
The Larry Hanify Story
Guest Stars: Tommy Sands, Gene Roth, Cindy Robbins
The Patience Miller Story
Guest Stars: Rhonda Fleming, Michael Ansara, Jason Robards, Sr.
The Duke Shannon Story
Guest Stars: Frank McHugh, Mandie Prickett
Guest Stars: Harry Von Zell, Lenore Kingston
The Mavis Grant Story
Guest Stars: Ann Sheridan, Parley Baer
The Sam Darland Story
Guest Stars: Art Linkletter, Nancy Davis
Little Girl Lost
Guest Stars: John Doucette, Eileen Baral
The Katy Piper Story
Guest Stars: Frances Reid, Don Beddoe
Special Bonus Disc:
Exclusive interviews with Wagon Train stars, Robert Fuller (Cooper Smith) and Denny Scott Miller (Duke Shannon).