A pacifist since the war, Nels Stack stands up to any man prejudiced against another. When his own beliefs are tested in the face of an impending Indian attack against the wagon train, he has to decide who he is going to defend.



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Episode cast overview:
Colonel Nels Stack
Laura Collins
Jeff Claymore
John Daheim ...
Corey (as John Day)
Irene Corlett ...
Emily Hawks
Tom Selden ...
Cavalry Sergeant
Old Indian
Hamilton (as Dave Van Sickle)
Bill Rae ...
Indian Warrior


The wagon train has a decorated Civil War veteran, Nels Stack, who has become a pacifist. He has several wagons in the train and frequently clashes with others in the train who were on the Rebel side of the war and who don't understand his unwillingness to fight. They spot smoke from a burned wagon. They find a young woman who survived but her parents and brother were killed. The train finds itself stopped by a low river when they can't find a crossing and Flint is away looking for the Army to help. Nels loses a cow to the Indians and finds an old warrior left to die along the dead cow. He brings the warrior back to camp against the objections of the others and advice of the Major. He feeds the warrior and after a nasty fight with his main nemesis on the train Nels frees the warrior with a horse and food. Just before the train is attacked by Indians the warrior shows them a safe path across the river allowing the wagon train to escape. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

23 October 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Major Seth Adams: All Injuns look alike till you get used to 'em.
Jeff Claymore: Gettin' used to 'em can take too long. You can be dead by then.
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That particular random act of kindness
14 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Wagon Train episode concerns Mark Stevens formerly a colonel in the Union Army who served with Ward Bond, but who is now a pretty rich merchant and has about 20 wagons of trade goods and traveling with the Wagon Train. Stevens is a man of peace now, he eschews violence. But the fact he's a northerner still irks some of the hotheaded southern types like Kevin Hagen.

Bond and Stevens rescue Joanne Dru from a Sioux attack and she's attracted to Stevens but baffled by his pacifism. Later on Stevens rescues an old Indian left to die by his tribe. That particular random act of kindness pays off in saving the Wagon Train.

Dru and Stevens make an interesting couple who are definitely headed for romance. This is an episode I'm sure will meet with the approval of most fans of the Wagon Train series.

And it also is one of the few with Bill Hawks's wife before she was quietly dropped from the series.

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