Continuing in their great tradition of classic TV westerns, NBC Universal and Timeless Media Group now bring you the complete, uncut Wagon Train- The Complete Season Two, one of the most enduring and sought after westerns of all time. Direct from the vaults at Universal, these 38 episodes have been re-mastered and presented on 10 dual layer DVDs in a special edition tin box, with a handsome DVD booklet complete with all the episode synopses, the guest stars and more.
Inspired by the classic western film Wagonmaster, directed by John Ford (The Searchers, Stagecoach), Wagon Train debuted on Wednesday, September 18, 1957 on the NBC Television Network. 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 great family entertainment. Ward Bond, who starred in Wagonmaster, recreated his role from the film as 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 Wagonmaster Bill Hawks, who all brought their skills as horsemen as well as wonderful 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. Their heart-warming (and sometimes heartbreaking) sagas tell the tale of how the American West was truly won, by hard-working and determined people driven by the promise of freedom and prosperity, and by those who saw them through the harshest of landscapes to the golden land that beckoned them.
Joining the cast each week were some of Hollywood’s brightest stars in guest roles, including William Bendix (Around the Horn), Chill Wills (The Beje Wilcox Story), Jane Wyman (The Doctor Willoughby Story), James Coburn (The Millie Davis Story), Slim Pickens (The Tent City Story), Anne Baxter (The Kitty Angel Story), Better Davis and Robert Fuller (The Ella Lindstrom Story), and many, many more!
This 10DVD collector’s edition of Wagon Train – The Complete Season Two, including all 38 episodes, is sure to please both fans of the original broadcast, and newcomers who are seeing if for the first time. As Major Adams says as he leads his charges westward and they roll their Conestoga wagons out onto the prairie, “WAGONS, HO!”
Around the Horn
Original Air Date 10/1/1958
While in San Francisco, Major Adams, Hawks and Wooster are shanghaied aboard a schooner headed for New Orleans by way of South America.
Guest Stars Ernest Borgnine and William Bendix
The Juan Ortega Story
Original Air Date 10/8/1958
Juan Ortega witnesses his father's lynching by three men.
Guest Stars Dean Stockwell, Robert F. Simon and Vic Perrin
The Jennifer Churchill Story
Original Air Date 10/15/1958
Flint tries to help a runaway girl escape from her vengeful father and bounty hunters who want to cash in on his reward for her return.
Guest Stars Rhonda Fleming, Andy Clyde and Paul Maxey
The Tobias Jones Story
Original Air Date 10/22/1958
A young orphan girl attaches herself to Tobias Jones, a homeless drifter, and together they stow away on the wagon train, where one of the passengers is found stabbed with Tobias' knife. Featuring the great comedian Lou Costello in his only dramatic role.
Guest Stars Beverly Washburn and Harry Von Zell
The Liam Fitzmorgan Story
Original Air Date 10/29/1958
Irish freedom Fighter Liam Fitzmorgan has been ordered to find a traitor responsible for the death of several of his companions. When he discovers that the man he's after is on the wagon train, he joins up to find him.
Guest Stars Cliff Robertson, Audrey Dalton, Rhys Williams and Terrence de Marnay
The Doctor Willoughby Story
Original Air Date 11/5/1958
Heading west to practice medicine, Carol Willoughby meets the unexpected when a severely injured Native American is brought to her with an ultimatum; save him or his tribe will attack the train.
Guest Stars Jane Wyman, Orville Sherman and Alan Marshall
The Beje Wilcox Story
Original Air Date 11/19/1958
Francis Mason joins the wagon train in an effort to locate his long-missing brother. He tells Seth Adams that a man named Beje Wilcox has written him, telling him that he has information about his brother's whereabouts.
Guest Stars Chill Wills, Lawrence Dobkin and Onslow Stevens
The Millie Davis Story
Original Air Date 11/26/1958
Scouting ahead of the train, Flint meets up with an old friend and her adopted daughter, but when a woman arrives claiming to be the child's grandmother, Flint agrees to play the part of husband and father.
Guest Stars James Coburn, Whit Bissell and Nancy Gates
The Sakae Ito Story
Original Air Date 12/3/1958
Along the trail, Major Adams comes across two Japanese men, a Samurai warrior and his servant, en route to California.
Guest Stars Sessue Hayakawa, Robert Kino, James Griffith and Jack Lambert
The Tent City Story
Original Air Date 12/10/1958
When one of the wagoners foolishly kills a buffalo, Indians threaten to attack in revenge. Major Adams's imprisonment of the man responsible so angers Flint that it seems the train will lose its ace scout forever.
Guest Stars Slim Pickens, Dennis McCarthy, Yvonne White and Juney Ellis
The Beauty Jamison Story
Original Air Date 12/17/1958
Beauty Jamison controls the largest ranch in the territory, and refuses to allow McCullough and the wagon train to cross her land.
Guest Stars Virginia Mayo, Russell Johnson, Ken Mayer and Frank Gerstie
The Mary Ellen Thomas Story
Original Air Date 12/24/1958
Mary Ellan Thomas, a lonely, unhappy girl, befriends Sally Mayhew, another girl on the wagon train with a terminal illness.
Guest Stars Patricia McCormack, Jenny Hecht and Richard Cutting
The Dick Richardson Story
Original Air Date 12/31/1958
It is a difficult thing to shake off one's past, even in the wild west. traveling to the wagon train with Dick Richardson, imprisoned for embezzling from his father's bank, is the very family who lost everything in the swindle.
Guest Stars John Ericson, Lyle Talbot, Aline Towne and Dennis Holmes
The Kitty Angel Story
Original Air Date 1/7/1959
A beautiful dance hall hostess joins the wagon train and gets a cold welcome from the other women, who fear she'll be a bad influence on their husbands and children and appeal to Major Adams to send her packing. Adams seems to have no choice, until an orphan Indian boy brings a solution - and a problem.
Guest Stars Anne Baxter, Henry Hull, Vivi Janiss and Kathleen Freeman
The Flint McCullough Story
Original Air Date 1/4/1959
Flint arrives at Fort Bridger, where he was stationed in the Cavalry, and runs into Jase Taylor, a former Confederate colonel FLint swore he would kill.
Guest Stars Theodore Newton, Everett Sloane, Rebecca Welles and Milton Frome
The Hunter Malloy Story
Original Air Date 1/21/1959
Hunter Malloy and his ne'er-do-well partner discover gold along the trail, setting off a mini-bonanza. The Major warns his passengers that they must move on before they are trapped by snow storms, but no one will heed Adams' warning.
Guest Star Lloyd Nolan, Troy Donahue, Theodore Newton and Luana Patten
The Ben Courtney Story
Original Air Date 1/28/1959
Escorting two families from the train to Bitter Springs, McCullough encounters prejudice when the sheriff refuses to let the families join the settlement because one of the adopted children is African-American.
Guest Stars Stephen McNally, John Larch, Rachel Ames, Roger Mobley and Arthur Space
The Ella Lindstrom Story
Original Air Date 2/4/1959
En route to California, Ella Lindstrom's husband dies, leaving her to care for their seven children, one of them a deaf-mute.
Guest Stars Bette Davis, Robert Fuller, Alex Gerry and Bobby Buntrock
The Last Man
Original Air Date 2/11/1959
Flint finds a disheveled man along the trail, and a diary uncovered by Adams and McCullough reveals dark secrets of an earlier train's disaster, which the shambling man survived.
Guest Stars Dan Duryea, Judi Meredith, Damian O'Flynn and Wilton Graff
The Old Man Charvanaugh Story
Original Air Date 2/18/1959
Old Man Charvanaugh, a heartless bandit, poses as a concertina-playing wanderer, who robs Flint and a family on their way to a settlement, leaving McCullough and the family without supplies and clothing.
Guest Stars J. Carrol Naish, Dorothy Green, Bernadette Withers, L. Q. Jones and Mickey Finn
The Annie Griffith Story
Original Air Date 2/25/1959
Flint McCullough is ambushed by Indians and badly wounded while searching for a pass in the snow-covered mountains, where he is nursed back to health by a wandering woman. Her intention is to return Flint to the Indians that wounded him, hoping they will return her to civilization.
Guest Stars Jan Sterling, John Dehner, Clem Bevans and Robert Anderson
The Jasper Cato Story
Original Air Date 3/4/1959
Bostonian Jasper Cato joins the wagon train, anxious to find Jim Collins, small town newspaperman and friend of Major Adams. Suspicious of Cato, Adams tries to reach Collins before Cato does.
Guest Stars Allen Case and Brian Donlevy
The Vivian Carter Story
Original Air Date 3/11/1959
Vivian Carter is traveling on the train to meet her fiancé in a small western town, but en route a fellow traveler falls in love with her.
Guest Stars Lorne Greene, Phyllis Thaxter and Patric Knowles
The Conchita Vasquez Story
Original Air Date 3/18/1959
Conchita Vasquez, a pretty young woman of Spanish and Native American ancestry, lures Flint into a trap, hoping to kidnap him and demand a ransom.
Guest Stars Anna Maria Alberghetti, Carlos Romero, Joyce Meadows and William Lundmark.
The Sister Rita Story
Original Air Date 3/25/1959
Flint falls for Sister Rita as he escorts three nuns on their way to start a school in Nevada.
Guest Stars Vera Miles, Frances Bavier, Sylvia Marriot and Lalo Rios
The Mathew Lowry Story
Original Air Date 4/1/1959
Mathew Lowry, a pacifist Quaker with only one arm, finds himself constantly badgered by fellow traveler Jed Otis
Guest Stars Richard Anderson, Cathleen Nesbitt, John Pickard and Pat Brady
The Swift Cloud Story
Original Air Date 4/8/1959
During an Indian attack on the wagon train, Major Seth Adams spares the life of Swift Cloud, crippled son of the Indian chief. Adams is shocked to learn that Swift Cloud's condition is a result of a vicious assault by a half-breed.
Guest Stars Rafael Campos, Henry Brandon, Lee Papell and Alan Baxter
The Vincent Eaglewood Story
Original Air Date 4/15/1959
Hired as the school teacher for the children traveling with the wagon train, meek Vincent Eaglewood takes his job very seriously. Major Adams worries when he takes his pupils away from the wagon train on nature hikes, for there are hostile Indians roaming the territory.
Guest Stars Wally Cox, Robert Eyer, Mary Gregory, Read Morgan and Karen Sue Trent
The Clara Duncan Story
Original Air Date 4/22/1959
Clara Duncan and her future-father-in-law head west to find her fiancé, artist Claude Soriano, whose life may be in danger.
Guest Stars Angie Dickinson, Eduardo Ciannelli, Myron Healy and William Reynolds
The Duke LeMay Story
Original Air Date 4/29/1959
An escaped convict, Duke LeMay, joins the wagon train to elude the law, but when a lawman does arrive on the scene, LeMay shoots him and flees the train.
Guest Stars Cameron Mitchell, Edward C. Platt and Joan Evans
The Kate Parker Story
Original Air Date 5/6/1959
When Evie Finley is injured on the wagon train, Kate Parker offers to remain behind with her and her husband while the train rolls on the next settlement for a doctor.
Guest Stars Virginia Grey, Robert Fuller, Warren Stevens
The Steve Campden Story
Original Air Date 5/13/1959
When a snowstorm blocks the advance of the wagon train. Flint McCullough is joined by Steve Campden and his son in a desperate search for a way through the treacherous mountains.
Guest Stars Torin Thatcher and Ben Cooper
Chuck Wooster, Wagonmaster
Original Air Date 5/20/1959
When The Major and Bill Hawks disappear while trying to find Flint, Charlie Wooster assumes control of the wagon train.
Guest Stars Harry Carey, Jr., Douglas Kennedy and Jean Inness
The Jose Maria Moran Story
Original Air Date 5/27/1959
Jose Maria Moran, a Spanish-Irish renegade, is found staked out and left to die by the Shoshone Indians, with whom he has had a falling out.
Guest Stars Robert Loggia, Audrey Dalton, Kim Laughlin and Tudor Owen
The Andrew Hale Story
Original Air Date 6/3/1959
Preacher Andrew Hale kills one of his parishioners in a shooting accident. Anguished and dazed, he wanders into the desert, where he encounters the wagon train.
Guest Stars John McIntire, Jane Darwell, James Best, Louise Fletcher and Clu Gulager
The Rodney Lawrence Story
Original Air Date 6/10/1959
The wagon train is joined by a group of wandering Native Americans including
a white boy they have raised from childhood.
Guest Stars Dean Stockwell, Frank DeKova and Cindy Robbins
The Steele Family Story
Original Air Date 6/17/1959
The mother of four eligible daughters joins the train seeking Major Adam's help
in finding prospects for the young ladies. The plot is borrowed from Jane Austen's
"Pride and Prejudice."
Guest Stars Lee Patrick, Lori Nelson, Barbara Eiler, Diane Jergens and Penny Edwards
The Jenny Tannen Story
Original Air Date 6/24/1959
While young Phoebe Tannen is traveling with the wagon train west to find her mother
in San Francisco, she is blinded in an accident.
Guest Stars Ann Blyth, Chuck Henderson, William Hurt, Jean Harvey and Howard Wright