Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Benjamin Burns Story 

One dry water hole is normal but when the wagon train has two, Flint and Ben Burns lead a party to find a legend that only the Indians speak of, Shining Water. Troubles await them but the worst may be a too green city boy.


Virgil W. Vogel


Gene L. Coon (teleplay), Virgil W. Vogel (story) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
J. Carrol Naish ... Benjamin Burns
James Franciscus ... John Colter
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Olive Sturgess ... Cathy Burns
Jack Lambert ... Frank Owens


The wagon train hits two dry water holes in a row in the desert forcing severe water rationing. Ben Burns is on the train with his granddaughter and her husband to be John Colter who is a city boy with no outdoor skills. Ben tells Adams that he found Shining Water in the area over 30 years ago and it never goes dry. Adams sends Flint, Ben, John and a few other men to look for it. Ben falls climbing a cliff leaving him with what appears to be fatal wounds but he is not dead and the group is out of water except for Flint's emergency ration. Flint and John stay with Ben who continues to live. During a Shoshone Indian scare, Flint is bitten on the leg by a rattlesnake. Flint is out of his head for a couple of days leaving the scared green John to fend for himself. He decides to suffocate Ben with Flint's jacket and buries Ben. John and Flint head for the wagon train stumbling upon Shining Water. They make it to the train which returns some men to Shining Water with John leading them as ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

17 February 1960 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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23 June 2018 | by ReeltroubleSee all my reviews

Excellent story, heavy emotional story of human survival. Not like the typical stories of this nature.

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