Indian captive Caroline Casteel is traded to a man who brings her to the wagon train. She encounters prejudice and hostility from many of the train members. But her biggest hurdle comes when her family, who had long given up hope, arrives.

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Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
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Caroline Casteel
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Traveling trader Samuel Schofield breaking up a fight between Ute women notices that one woman is blonde and white. As she asks him for help, he notices a locket she is wearing. He asks her if she knows the name Caroline Casteel to which she nods yes. He strikes a deal to buy her from the Ute brave who owns her and takes her to the wagon train for protection. Duke meets him while scouting the Ute hunting party. Duke returns to the wagon train with the news that Caroline Casteel has been found. Chris sends Duke to Lincoln Center for her husband Frank who has offered a sizable reward for her return and is one of the wealthiest men in the region. The crew of the wagon train along with several women work to make Caroline welcome. However, many of the men and especially the women show their hostility toward Caroline for living with the Indians and their hatred of Indians. Frank Casteel and his son Jamie return with Duke to the wagon train. Frank thinking his wife was dead finds it hard to ... Written by Anonymous

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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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