Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Charlene Brenton Story 

A baby girl sure has a rough start when she arrives on the stage with her dead mother. Plague is what people think killed her and then Charlie Wooster steps in to try to help - and well, you can imagine where it went from there.


Virgil W. Vogel


Floyd Burton




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Sean McClory ... Casey
Jean Willes ... Flo
Raymond Bailey ... Jim Brenton
Harry Harvey ... Sheriff Matt (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Kathryn Card ... Mrs. Mercer
Richard Reeves ... Patrick McClure


A stage rolls into Apache Flats with a dead woman on it. Saloon owner Casey thinks she died of bubonic plague and forces the stage to leave town with the woman but minus her luggage. They find a baby girl in the "luggage". Although Casey wants to get rid of the baby, saloon worker Flo takes the baby with her. Wooster and Hawks arrive for supplies but Wooster goes to Casey's saloon for a "single" drink. After learning about the baby, he overhears two men arguing about who will kill the "kid" meaning a baby goat for a celebration. Wooster thinking they mean the baby decides to steal the baby taking her to the wagon train. Hawks and Adams notice him acting strange after they return with Hawks eventually finding the baby but he keeps Wooster's secret. A Sheriff arrives at Apache Flats with the baby's grandfather looking for the baby. Casey takes them to the wagon train where Wooster's attachment to the baby causes him to try to runoff with the baby. The men follow Wooster who finally ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

8 June 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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A rough start
1 July 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode starts when Ward Bond sends Frank McGrath and Terry Wilson into town for supplies and there's a great debate over at Sean McClory's saloon about an orphan newborn that might have been exposed to plague. Saloon entertainer Jean Willes takes the kid to her room, but when Frank McGrath hears someone say that they will kill the kid, meaning a baby goat, he gallantly kidnaps the baby and puts it on the supply wagon.

After that grizzled old Charlie Wooster just revels in the thought of fatherhood at his time of life, but he keeps it all a secret until the arrival of Raymond Bailey, the baby's grandfather.

Frank McGrath who always made me laugh watching Wagon Train as a lad, shows some real pathos in a story that he dominates. The title of the story is the name for the little infant when all is said and done.

A nice story about a kid who gets a rough start in life.

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