Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Cassie Vance Story 

Cassie Vance is accused of theft when money and items belonging to a woman on the train that she nursed turn up missing, and especially after another woman recognizes Cassie as having served time in prison for theft when young.


Joseph Pevney


Betty Andrews


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Fuller ... Cooper Smith
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Laraine Day ... Cassie Vance
Richard Carlson ... Adam Vance
Michael Burns ... Barnaby West
Kevin Corcoran ... Davie Vance
Beverly Washburn ... Milly Sharp
Eleanor Audley ... Minerva Ames
John Harmon ... Bert Jenkins
Adrienne Marden Adrienne Marden ... Mrs. Jenkins
Sam Edwards ... Hollis Ames
Barry Atwater ... Warden (as G.B. Atwater)


The wagon train is camped for the night in a lowland area with everyone preparing to go to bed when Bert Jenkins rouses the camp with his calls for Chris Hale. He reports that he has been robbed. A box with all his money has been stolen plus his wife reports that the pieces of material she had for a quilt which included a piece of her wedding dress are gone as well as they were on top of the money box. The snobbish Minerva Ames who believes herself to be better than everyone including her son suddenly recognizes Cassie Vance as a woman she met years ago when Cassie was a young woman in prison for stealing from a woman she was nursing at that time, She had been nursing the ailing Mrs. Jenkins. Cassie denies stealing Jenkin's money but does not deny being in prison which shocks her husband and son. A search of Cassie and the Vance wagon turns up nothing but Chris is forced to cut short the search of the train as they must get sleep before moving out in the morning due to rain and ... Written by Anonymous

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23 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.33 : 1
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This episode reunited two of the stars of Old Yeller, Kevin Corcoran and Beverly Washburn. See more »


Warden: You will not be beaten here or mistreated, Naturally you are here to be punished. But you're also here to reflect upon your misdeeds, become penitent and thus resolve to err no more.
Young Cassie: Yes, Sir, I...
Warden: You are not to speak, that is a rule. You will search into your soul in silence. That is a rule.
Young Cassie: Yes, Sir. I...
Warden: You understand what a rule is. I said you are not to speak. I meant you are not to speak. It is necessary for you to understand what we are doing here as you will be here for five years. ...
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Once a Thief
2 December 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Laraine Day is the guest star in this Wagon Train episode and after some money is stolen from another wagon, still another passenger Eleanor Audley recognizes Day as someone who was in jail for robbery many years ago. Audley is one of those who finds the bad in everyone and one who has a memory for sin providing it's someone else's.

Once recognized Day cops to her prison record, but not to the current robbery. We see a flashback and realize what this terrible crime was. She was a victim of Draconian justice back in the day.

Of course this all reflects as he sees it on her husband Richard Carlson who married Day on impulse over a decade ago and they now have a son, Kevin Corcoran. Poor Kevin torn between his now estranged parents starts hanging around with the Wagon Train crew and makes a friend in Robert Fuller who gives him some sound advice about growing up.

The mystery is eventually solved and it turns out to be a crime not unlike the one that Day originally did her bit for. This episode is a nice family story and should be seen by kids, those kids who take on themselves the problems of estranged and separated parents.

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