Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The John Darro Story 

When the train picks up an abandoned drunk on the trail, he exposes John Darro to be the reviled coward John Thurman who abandoned a previous train during a massacre. Darro's young son Tommy is unable to cope with the truth.


Mark Stevens


Adrian Spies




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Eddie Albert ... John Darro
Margo ... Aline Darro
Edgar Buchanan ... Thaddeus Briscoe
Kim Charney Kim Charney ... Tommy Darro
Don Durant ... Lucas
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Malcolm Atterbury ... John Bixby
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Irene Corlett Irene Corlett ... Emily Hawks
Norman Leavitt ... Mr. Spartan
Ellen Atterbury Ellen Atterbury ... Mrs. Bixby (as Ellen Hardies)


The wagon train picks up an old drifter named Briscoe on the trail who claims to have been on a wagon train several years earlier that had been massacred by Indians and abandoned by John Thurmond. John Thurmond is part of the train with his wife and son but under the name John Darro. When Briscoe and Darro meet, Briscoe exposes who Darro is. This leads to the rest of the train wanting to drop him and his family from the train. Then, while Briscoe is on guard duty Indians are suspected of stealing some livestock and taking him captive. While a scouting party is out looking for Briscoe and the livestock, Darro discovers Briscoe had not been taken captive but had gotten drunk and wandered off in the opposite direction that the men from the wagon train had been looking, so he tracks and finds Briscoe. However, Briscoe attracts the Indians and they are captured. McCullough locates the camp and the two men are rescued with Darro having to kill one of the Indians and being the calm one of ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

6 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Revue Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eddie Albert and Margo, who play husband and wife in this episode, were actually married in real life. See more »


John Darro is lying on the ground with his wife kneeling beside him. In a close-up, he puts his left arm up across his face. The camera angles changes to show both people, and it's his right arm that's across his face. See more »


The Ballad of Yellow John Thurman
Written and performed by Don Durant
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Hooterville Residents Travel West
27 December 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Before Eddie Albert and Edgar Buchanan were residents of Paul Henning's mystical rural America on Green Acres and Petticoat Junction, the two of them traveled the Wagon Train together in the John Darro Story. Also along was Margo, Eddie Albert's real life wife who got to act with her husband on one of those rare occasions.

Albert plays the title role, a man who got a limp in the fighting of the Civil War and is now traveling west with his wife Margo and their son, Kim Charney. But when they pick up an old drunken desert rat on the trail in the person of Buchanan, he exposes a terrible secret Albert's been keeping from his son and the Wagon Train members.

That secret being he's akin to something like Jason McCord in Branded, a guy who ran out on a previous Wagon Train that was nearly massacred. Buchanan was one of the few survivors though he lost his family and it's what's made him a drunkard.

It's a good episode from the series and a chance to see Oliver Wendell Douglas and Uncle Joe Carson in vastly different roles before they took up residence in Hooterville.

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