Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Cassie Vance Story 

Cassie Vance is accused of theft when money and items belonging to a woman on the train that she nursed turn up missing, and especially after another woman recognizes Cassie as having served time in prison for theft when young.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Hale
Cooper Smith
Charlie Wooster
Bill Hawks
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Cassie Vance
Adam Vance
Barnaby West
Davie Vance
Milly Sharp
Minerva Ames
Bert Jenkins
Adrienne Marden ...
Mrs. Jenkins
Hollis Ames
Warden (as G.B. Atwater)


The wagon train is camped for the night in a lowland area with everyone preparing to go to bed when Bert Jenkins rouses the camp with his calls for Chris Hale. He reports that he has been robbed. A box with all his money has been stolen plus his wife reports that the pieces of material she had for a quilt which included a piece of her wedding dress are gone as well as they were on top of the money box. The snobbish Minerva Ames who believes herself to be better than everyone including her son suddenly recognizes Cassie Vance as a woman she met years ago when Cassie was a young woman in prison for stealing from a woman she was nursing at that time, She had been nursing the ailing Mrs. Jenkins. Cassie denies stealing Jenkin's money but does not deny being in prison which shocks her husband and son. A search of Cassie and the Vance wagon turns up nothing but Chris is forced to cut short the search of the train as they must get sleep before moving out in the morning due to rain and ... Written by Anonymous

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23 December 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode reunited two of the stars of Old Yeller, Kevin Corcoran and Beverly Washburn. See more »

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Once a Thief
2 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Laraine Day is the guest star in this Wagon Train episode and after some money is stolen from another wagon, still another passenger Eleanor Audley recognizes Day as someone who was in jail for robbery many years ago. Audley is one of those who finds the bad in everyone and one who has a memory for sin providing it's someone else's.

Once recognized Day cops to her prison record, but not to the current robbery. We see a flashback and realize what this terrible crime was. She was a victim of Draconian justice back in the day.

Of course this all reflects as he sees it on her husband Richard Carlson who married Day on impulse over a decade ago and they now have a son, Kevin Corcoran. Poor Kevin torn between his now estranged parents starts hanging around with the Wagon Train crew and makes a friend in Robert Fuller who gives him some sound advice about growing up.

The mystery is eventually solved and it turns out to be a crime not unlike the one that Day originally did her bit for. This episode is a nice family story and should be seen by kids, those kids who take on themselves the problems of estranged and separated parents.

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