Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Johnny Masters Story 

On his way to Fort David, wagon scout Duke Shannon rescues Sgt. Johnny Masters being sent to prison for twenty years; a man caught between two worlds. The world of his ancestors the Cherokee, and the world of his loyalty, the U.S. Army.







Episode cast overview:
Christopher Hale (credit only)
Charlie Wooster (credit only)
Bill Hawks (credit only)
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Col. Thomas Stone (as Robert Wilke)
William Mims ...
Private Waters
Private Bledsoe
Ray Baumann ...
Private Smith
Private Flynn
Virginia Stefan ...
Amy Collins
Major Hunt
Harry Hickox ...


The wagon train learns Buffalo Horn has returned with nearly a hundred braves and is on the warpath. On his way to Fort David to request a military escort for the wagon train, scout Duke Shannon discovers two dead cavalry troopers killed by Indians. As he investigates, he discovers a third man, a prisoner, Sergeant Johnny Masters. Sgt. Masters attempts to steal Shannon's horse. Shannon catches Masters, and with an Indian war party bearing down on them makes a run for Fort David. There Shannon discovers the fort is manned by a mere handful of cavalry misfits. The main body of the fort's contingent is out on patrol. With the fort commander laid up with a bullet wound, the most capable soldier in the fort is Sgt. Masters, who refuses to help with the defense and is locked up. As Shannon helps organize the defense of the fort against the coming attack by Buffalo Horn, he learns more about Sgt. Masters. A Cherokee Indian by birth, Sgt. Masters served in the Civil War where he was promoted ... Written by Christopher D.

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16 January 1963 (USA)  »

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What they have for troopers
13 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Anthony George is in the title role of this Wagon Train story playing a Cherokee Indian who was also a sergeant and formerly a brevet officer from the Civil War. But when Denny Miller finds him he's in shackles and running from some hostile Indians. George was being escorted to army prison for killing an officer serving at the same post he was.

But when Duke Shannon returns him he finds a dangerously undermanned fort with wounded colonel Robert Wilke in bed attended by wife Ellen Greene and daughter Carole Wells. What they have for troopers are the dregs of the post, the rest of the soldiers are on patrol.

It's the end for them and they know it. Of course Denny Miller survives to do another season of Wagon Train. As for the others a lot gets revealed before the Indians attack the fort. The centerpiece is the reason George was in the stockade in the first place.

Anthony George's performance highlights this episode with a most honorable mention going to Williams Mims playing a very psychotic private.

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