Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Kate Crawley Story 

When Hale begins to romance tough, independent freight line operator Kate Crawley, the others begin to fear she will wind up dominating Chris, and try to encourage her adoring assistant to better himself so that she'll notice him instead.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cooper Smith (credit only)
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Kate Crawley
Stump Beasley (as Noah Berry)
K.L. Smith ...
Charles S. Carlson ...
Jessup Harmon (as Charles Carlson)
Richard Reeves ...
Pop Harmon
Rev. Bailey
Margaret Sheridan ...
Karen Flynn ...


While scouting for a trail, Duke and Bill walk into a trap set by their friend Kate Crawley with her bullwhip and her party's camp. She has sold everything to start a freight business. She and her drivers are delivering three wagons loaded with gunpowder to the Army. Although it is late at night, she has her drivers hitch up and drive to join the Hale wagon train not only for protection but she is anxious to see Chris Hale. Her lead driver, Stump Beasley, is unhappy because Kate is always talking about Chris and he wants to marry Kate himself. At the wagon train she introduces herself by rolling Chris out of his hammock in his underwear. They proceed to give each other huge kisses under the watchful eye of everyone. Nosy Charlie soon comes to the conclusion that Chris will marry Kate forcing the staff to find new jobs as the pair settle down. They try to cleanup Stump which helps Stump with the women except for Kate. Written by Anonymous

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27 January 1964 (USA)  »

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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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