Wagon Train: Season 1, Episode 13

The Clara Beauchamp Story (11 Dec. 1957)

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When a new officer and troops kill an Indian brave and the post commander's drunken bored wife insults the Chief, Flint is forced to act as a neutral agent between the Army and Indians and save the wagon train.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Clara Beauchamp
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Colonel Charles E. Beauchamp
Richard Garland ...
Captain Pearson
Mike Ragan ...
Soldier
Will J. White ...
Soldier
Terry Wilson ...
Frank McGrath ...
Robert Swan ...
Corporal
Irene Windust ...
Mrs. Hawks
Ellen Atterbury ...
Mrs. Bixby (as Ellen Hardies)
Robert Roark ...
Evan - Orderly
John Frederick ...
Sergeant (as John Merrick)
Monte Blue ...
Indian Chief Thundercloud
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As the train nears Indian territory the Major sends Flint to greet the Indians and the Colonel at the nearby fort. A group of replacements troops mistakingly kills a brave who Flint finds. The Chief sends Flint with a message that he wants the responsible soldier sent to him. At the fort the Colonel's wife is bored and unhappy with her husband's lack of promotions. When the Colonel invites the Chief to the fort so he can apologize to the Chief, his wife insults the Chief starting a war. When she realizes what she has done, she attempts to stop the war before the train is attacked. Written by Anonymous

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Gasoline on the fire
23 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Nina Foch made a career out of playing brittle sophisticated women once her ingénue days were over. In this Wagon Train episode this woman who probably would have been an asset to her husband in another place like the cocktail circuit in Washington, DC is absolutely out of her element in the frontier west. Her husband Sheppard Strudwick is commander of a post the Wagon Train has to pass on the route to California. He's been there for years with no sign of promotion.

I can't go too much more into this, but Robert Horton proves to be a diplomat as well as a scout in this story. An Indian is killed and before long a general war is threatening and Foch pours gasoline on this frontier fire.

I'm sure there were many women like this in the west, sophisticates who just didn't belong, even in a civilian setting. Foch is wonderful in what she does with this part.


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