Wagon Train: Season 5, Episode 12

The Bettina May Story (20 Dec. 1961)

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Bettina May leads three generations of her family across the plains. Other members of the wagon train become concerned with her over bearing nature and the level of control she exerts on the family.

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Flint McCullough (credit only)
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Bettina May
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Denny Miller ...
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Ron Hayes ...
Gene
Asa Maynor ...
Rose
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Arthur
Bennye Gatteys ...
Ginny
Sandra Knight ...
Mabel
Perry Cook ...
Lili Kardell ...
Lilly
Joby Baker ...
Nathan May
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Bettina May leads three generations of her family across the plains. Other members of the wagon train become concerned with her over bearing nature and the level of control she exerts on the family.

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It's all part of the life process
18 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Wagon Train episode has Bette Davis doing her third and last appearance as a guest star on the series. In this story Bette is a women traveling with her three children and their families west on the Wagon Train. Her children are Joby Baker, Jud Taylor and Bennye Gatteys and Gatteys is pregnant.

Bette Davis on the big screen and small has played some truly horrible characters. Her character of Bettina May is far from any of them. But her problem is that she can't let go. Truth be told her kids are messing up, especially Joby Baker who is a hard man and a stern disciplinarian with his boys. Still they have a right to make their mistakes, it's all part of the life process.

When after a quarrel Taylor goes off on a toot and at the same time Gatteys goes into labor all the family issues come to a head. And Bette makes some life decisions.

Bette gives a restrained and dignified performance. For those expecting a full throttle Davis don't look at this story. But for a nice family drama you'll like what Davis does in this fine Wagon Train episode.


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