Wagon Train: Season 7, Episode 19

The Kate Crawley Story (27 Jan. 1964)

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When Hale begins to romance tough, independent freight line operator Kate Crawley, the others begin to fear she will wind up dominating the wagon train, and try to encourage her adoring ... See full summary »

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Denny Miller ...
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
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Kate Crawley
Michael Burns ...
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Stump Beasley (as Noah Beery)
K.L. Smith ...
Otis
Charles S. Carlson ...
Jessup Harmon (as Charles Carlson)
Richard Reeves ...
Pop Harmon
Bill Baldwin ...
Rev. Bailey
Margaret Sheridan ...
Jill
Karen Flynn ...
Liz
Dorothy Morris ...
Lola
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When Hale begins to romance tough, independent freight line operator Kate Crawley, the others begin to fear she will wind up dominating the wagon train, and try to encourage her adoring assistant to better himself so that she'll notice him instead. Written by rbecker28

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Her rough ways
12 March 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When John McIntire's character of Chris Hale was introduced in Wagon Train he had just lost his wife and children to an Indian attack. The widower Hale as far as I know only got interested in one other woman in the rest of the series run. Said woman being Barbara Stanwyck in this episode, The Kate Crawley Story.

Stanwyck also was in a previous episode as Kate Crawley so her character of the tough frontier woman who runs a freight line was already introduced and it was established that she and McIntire go back a ways. Now their paths cross again and she's ramrodding her freight again with her head teamster Noah Beery, Jr. Beery would like to make it more than just employer and employee and he doesn't care about her rough ways as they match his.

One of Barbara Stanwyck's early roles was as Annie Oakley and in her case if she saw the musical she'd be thinking you can't get a man with a gun or a bull-whip and she's handy with the latter. The rest of the Wagon Train crew is concerned that if McIntire marries her, they will either have no jobs if McIntire leaves the wagonmaster profession or she will be running things on the Wagon Train with McIntire. Neither foreseen alternative is welcome.

This episode turns from comic to serious to a hilarious climax involving some Indians. It's nicely written about two older people who have a bit of romance.


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