Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Joshua Gilliam Story 

Bill and the Major find a man lying hurt, a meal for the buzzards. When he meets an innocent woman on the wagon train who has an inheritance waiting for her, he shows other skills besides being just a schoolteacher and her mother is wary.


Virgil W. Vogel


Gene L. Coon (teleplay)




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Dan Duryea ... Joshua Gilliam
Bethel Leslie ... Greta Halstadt
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Irene Tedrow ... Freda Halstadt
Betsy Brooks Betsy Brooks ... Sharon Miller
Pitt Herbert ... Mr. Miller
Ricky Allen Ricky Allen ... Harvey Miller


Adams and Hawks spot buzzards overhead finding Joshua Gilliam who has been severely whipped with a bull whip. They return to the train where Greta Halstadt tends to his wounds. Joshua tells them he is a school teacher who was whipped for giving a student a lashing. He is very friendly with Greta to the dismay of her mother Freda. Greta has been teaching the kids on the train but she suggests having a trained teacher would be beneficial to the kids. Joshua is a great teacher and his cultured manners wins Greta's heart. Joshua attempts to secretly hypnotize Greta but Freda interrupts. Freda tells Joshua that Greta will not receive her inheritance unless Freda blesses her marriage. As part of a history lesson Joshua teaches the children about the Salem witch trials while at the same time convincing them witches exist indirectly describing Freda. The children become frighten by Freda causing her to have a nervous breakdown aided by Joshua's tricks. He uses hypnosis to tell Freda to ride ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

30 March 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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Another memorable villain
4 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Dan Duryea who gave us so many memorable villains on the big screen and small adds yet another in this Wagon Train story. If Ward Bond and Terry Wilson knew what this guy was all about they'd have left him on the desert with his back laid open from a bullwhip Duryea would have been left there.

But he's rescued and brought back and he says he's a schoolteacher and Ward Bond decides to let him earn his pay doing just that. Duryea also learns that spinster lady Bethel Leslie is traveling west with her mother Irene Tedrow to claim a large inheritance in San Francisco.

Only Tedrow suspects he's not what he seems and she can't get anyone to believe it. Duryea turns the Wagon Train children against her with his spellbinding tales of the Salem Witch Trials. Duryea also is skilled in the arts of Mesmer and he nearly has Leslie under a trance.

All I will say more is that Duryea meets a sudden and well deserved end. This episode is for Dan Duryea fans of which I'm one.

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