Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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Dr. Swift Cloud 

Thinking he is not welcome by the white man or his people, an educated Chiracua Indian returns to find prejudices among both of them and must find a way to overcome all of them before it is too late.


Virgil W. Vogel


Floyd Burton




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Rafael Campos ... Dr. Swift Cloud
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Phillip Pine ... Straight Arrow
Brad Morrow ... Dabbs Hargrove
Henry Brandon ... Chief Fire Cloud
Francis McDonald ... Geema (as Francis J. McDonald)
Dabbs Greer ... Mr. Finley
Harold Goodwin ... Mr. Hargrove
Art Stewart Art Stewart ... Member of Wagon Train
Kathleen Case ... Marie Hargrove (as Cathy Case)


When the wagon train enters Chiracua territory, it is attacked. Marie Hargrave is killed by an arrow while her husband is severely wounded by one in the shoulder. The Chiracua leave at nightfall but a young man rides into camp under a white flag. Adams and his men know him as Swift Cloud, son of Chief Fire Cloud. Adams had taken him to San Francisco four years earlier to see a doctor about a profound limp. The Chief wanted his son healed so he can be Chief but when he did not return, Chief Fire Cloud started attacking wagon trains believing his son is dead. Swift Cloud tells Adams he has learned the white man's ways and become a doctor. The people on the train refuse to let him treat them so he leaves for the Chiracua camp to see his dad. His dad is on his death bed from an infected bullet wound in the leg. He allows Swift Cloud to operate but Geema the Medicine man refuses to let him allowing Chief Fire Cloud to die. When Swift Cloud claims the title of Chief, his friend Straight ... Written by Anonymous

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25 May 1960 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is a continuation of The Swift Cloud Story, which aired just over a year before, however in the story time line, four years have passed. See more »


When Hargrove is shot with an arrow, the arrow is down closer to his chest, but when Major Adams goes to help, the arrow is more to the top of the man's shoulder. See more »


Features Wagon Train: The Swift Cloud Story (1959) See more »

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Inaugurating a practice
27 June 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As a lot of this episode had a relationship to a previous Wagon Train story, a rather lengthy flashback occurred with the previous story. Rafael Campos in the Swift Cloud Story went west with Ward Bond and the Wagon Train to see if the doctors could cure the limp he had. They did more than that, Campos returns to his stamping grounds as Swift Cloud, MD.

But it isn't easy for him. He reunites with Ward Bond, Frank McGrath, and Terry Wilson after a raid where they sustained a lot of casualties. All most of them see is he's an Indian.

But it's no better with the Chiracauhua Apaches where his father Henry Brandon is dying and the tribal medicine man is afraid of losing his job. In fact medicine man Francis McDonald wants to see his Philip Pine become the new chief.

Campos is probably destined for a lonely life, but in the end he wins a few friends and the respect of a few more.

The character of Swift Cloud was one of a small group that was ever brought back for a return. Rafael Campos gives a winning performance as the Indian lad between two worlds.

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