Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Bob Stuart Story 

Coop has to escort an ex-marshal and his wife who once shot Coop in the back to the wagon train. In addition he hires three men temporarily who hate the marshal but have more extreme plans for the man without Coop's knowledge.


Virgil W. Vogel


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Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Fuller ... Cooper Smith
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Michael Burns ... Barnaby West
Robert Ryan ... Bob Stuart
Tommy Sands ... Keith Lance
Andrew Prine ... Felix Colton
William Smith ... Thomas Lance (as Bill Smith)
Vera Miles ... Janice Stuart
Stacy Harris ... The Sheriff


Ex-Marshal Bob Stuart and his new wife are among three wagons joining Chris Hale's wagon train. Scout Cooper Smith is assigned to escort the new wagons to join up with the main train but there is blood, bad blood, between the scout and the ex-lawman. Entering the mix are old friends from Cooper Smith's past who also have an ax to grind against Bob Stuart. Two of the men are brothers and the younger one is mentally disabled after he was hit over the head by Stuart with a shotgun. They ask Coop about temporary jobs on the wagon train at it travels through some tough country. After explaining they would have to put aside their grudge with Stuart and them agreeing he hires them which Chris okays. Coop soon becomes caught in between the man he was and the man he's become as his friends set out to destroy Bob Stuart and anyone who gets in the way. Written by DarSpi

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20 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Not so magnanimous
12 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Newlyweds Robert Ryan and Vera Miles join the Wagon Train in this opening episode of the eighth and last season of the trek west. They're old newlyweds, Ryan finally marries Miles and gives up the marshal's badge he's been wearing for 30 years.

Going to pick up three additional wagons for the Train, Robert Fuller runs into some old running buddies back from his days as a gunhand. They hired out in a range war and Ryan faced all of them. Fuller was shot in the back and Tommy Sands was left mute as a result of a Ryan's shotgun bent over his head. Fuller has it in for him as well as Sands and Andrew Prine and William Smith.

Despite this fine cast and impressive performances all around, especially Ryan, I doubt whether both Ryan or Fuller would have been as magnanimous as they both become in the end. For that reason I put this story as one of the lesser Wagon Train episodes.

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