Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Colonel Harris Story 

Flint goes to Fort Young to see the Harris family and Bowman Lewis who were friends from his youth. He finds Mrs. Harris dead and her husband swearing to wipe out all Indians including Lewis who leads the Comanche and his mother, Princess.


Virgil W. Vogel


Gene L. Coon (teleplay & story), Virgil W. Vogel (story)




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
John Howard ... Colonel James Harris
James Best ... Bowman Lewis
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Jacqueline deWit ... Princess (as Jacqueline de Wit)
Ken Mayer ... Major Shegan
Nestor Paiva ... Sgt. Carl Boemher
Irene Windust Irene Windust ... Charity Harris
Bill Catching Bill Catching ... Trooper


Flint takes leave to visit Fort Young to see the Harris family. Colonel Harris has returned to command the Fort and they helped raise Flint who spent much time with them growing up. Upon his arrival he learns Charity Harris was killed by Comanches and the mother of Bowman Lewis, Princess, is now a captive of the Army and Bowman is Chief of the Comanches known as Red Bow. After talking with Harris, Flint is sent to Bowman about a meeting with the Army. Flint learns it was a few Comanche braves leaving the tribe for Canada who killed Charity Harris. Bowman agrees to the meeting but when Harris arrives with a large force aiming to attack, the Comanches wipe out the Army forces. Growing up with the Army, Bowman understands and uses military tactics. Harris sends Princess with Major Shegan to arrange another meeting at the Fort with Bowman. When they arrive, Harris takes Flint and Bowman captive. As Harris prepares to leave the Fort with his captives an Indian war party of many tribes ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

13 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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His level best to stop a war
3 June 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Wagon Train story has Flint McCullough visiting an army post where he spent part of his time during his years as an orphan youth growing up. When he arrives he notes a change in the behavior of the post commander John Howard. His wife was recently killed by Indians and he holds James Best who is of mixed race parentage and current Comanche chief responsible. He's even holding Jacqueline DeWit who is Best's mother as a prisoner.

Robert Horton is in a sticky situation since he knows all parties and does his level best to stop a war.

Howard as a driven man bordering on insanity brought on by grief is who you'll remember from this Wagon Train episode.

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