Wagon Train: Season 6, Episode 2

The Caroline Casteel Story (26 Sep. 1962)

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Caroline Casteel, captured many years ago by Indians, is traded back to a man who brings her to join the wagon train. There she encounters prejudice and hostility from many of the train's ... See full summary »

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Caroline Casteel
Charles Drake ...
Frank Casteel
Terry Wilson ...
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Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
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Jamie Casteel
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Caroline Casteel, captured many years ago by Indians, is traded back to a man who brings her to join the wagon train. There she encounters prejudice and hostility from many of the train's passengers. But her biggest hurdle comes when her husband, who had long given up hope, arrives with his young son. Written by rbecker28

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Studying Medicine Indian style
25 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the best episodes from the John McIntire years of Wagon Train is this one with Barbara Stanwyck in the title role of the Caroline Casteel Story. Elements of the Alan Ladd film Branded and the John Ford classic Two Rode Together are woven into the plot of this episode.

Stanwyck has been a captive of the Indians for many years and Indian trader Robert F. Simon has bought her out of captivity. But Simon has an agenda there. All Stanwyck wants is freedom, but Simon is after a big reward that has been around for a decade posted by the husband of another woman who was captured and who Stanwyck knew and died in captivity. He wants her to masquerade as the dead wife long enough so he can collect the reward and scram.

While in captivity Stanwyck learned some healing arts from the tribal medicine man. Even though the white women and a lot of the men regard her as some kind of despoiled freak, Barbara's knowledge comes in very handy.

Stanwyck's scenes with her 'husband' Charles Drake and 'son' Roger Mobley are the high lights of this story. Her character is a right mixture of tough and tender and Stanwyck hit all facets in her performance.

For a girl born in Brooklyn, Barbara Stanwyck certainly loved the west and making westerns and this Wagon Train episode shows it.


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