Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Andrew Elliott Story 

Duke Shannon, arrested by the Cavalry, is charged with criminal negligence as leader of an expedition into the badlands, from which he alone has returned. He must retrace his steps with the Army and one of the victim's father.





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Episode cast overview:
Cooper Smith (credit only)
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Senator Harold Elliott
Andrew Elliott
George Simpson
Major Ogden
Sgt. Bob Rollins
Jack Hunt
Blake Reese


The wagon train is visited by troopers who have come to arrest Duke Shannon. Duke and Chris return with the troopers to town where they are told that Duke is under investigation for the deaths of a group he guided into the badlands as he was the only one to return. The father of the leader of the group is a senator who has come along for the investigation. Duke had written to the father about the expedition but he did not fully say what happened. Major Ogden will lead a party which includes Duke and the Senator to retrace the steps of expedition. Duke explains that although the son Andy was supposedly the leader, his cousin George who was raised by the Senator was the real leader. George not only hired two additional men to help, he brought along a saloon girl for his company. Traveling in the hottest part of the year, problems cropped up quickly. As Duke explains each problem, the Major refuses to believe him. Written by Anonymous

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10 February 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Lost Expedition
25 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I'm still trying to figure out how John McIntire did not know of a little side trip that Denny Miller took scouting for an expedition into the Badlands that involved the son of a US Senator. Still when Colonel Alfred Ryder of the cavalry arrests Duke Shannon the whole Wagon Train comes to a halt as he commandeers his services to find out what became of that son and the rest of the expedition.

So Denny Miller takes Ryder and Senator Everett Sloane to find out what happened as they retrace the expedition's steps. Through many flashbacks from Miller the story unfolds and it ain't a pretty one. The son is an amiable but weak sort of individual, but he has a cousin in Skip Homeier who is a cruel and ruthless sort. As usual Homeier plays a man with a lot of issues.

The story as Miller unfolds it is not a pretty picture. He was lucky to be the only survivor of this expedition. Sloane finds out some hard truths about both Homeier and Dick Sargent who plays his son and whom he used as an extension of his own ambitions.

Ryder is antagonistic toward Miller from the beginning for no apparent reason. But he's working an agenda all his own that we find out at the very last minute. Talk about ruthless, that scene at the end with Sloane and Ryder is really something.

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