Wagon Train: Season 4, Episode 16

The Patience Miller Story (11 Jan. 1961)

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A Quaker schoolteacher heads to the Arapaho nation on the wagon train when her husband is killed. She meets the Chief and his willingness to fight another Indian nation puts her right in the middle of each tribe's pride and customs.

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Major Seth Adams (credit only)
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Patience Miller
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Chief North Star
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
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Chief Spotted Horse
E.J. André ...
Mr. Wise
Terry Burnham ...
Prudence
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Chief Dark Eagle
Charlotte Fletcher ...
Mist of Morning
Jason Robards Sr. ...
White Hawk
Colette Jackson ...
Evening Star's Mother
Tammy Windsor ...
Brown Robin
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Patience Miller's husband is killed by the Comanche on the wagon train on their way to teach at a school for the Arapaho. They along with daughter Prudence are Quakers. Flint drops Patience and Prudence at the school. Mr. Wise decides to stay when he learns the women are alone. Patience is confronted immediately by Chief Spotted Horse and braves but they back off when they see her red hair calling her a medicine woman. She uses their beliefs about her along with the desires of Chief North Star's son Evening Star to convince the Arapaho to send their children to school. Evening Star becomes a prized pupil but Patience becomes concerned when Evening Star talks about the Chiefs deciding they should attack the Comanche - their traditional enemy. Patience pleads with the Arapaho tribal council to cancel the attack which they do. However, shortly afterwards, Evening Star is killed by the Comanche. The Arapaho take the son of Comanche Chief Dark Eagle prisoner to be executed in return. ... Written by Anonymous

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In an early scene Patience Miller sits under a tree holding a book, on the cover of which the author's name is clearly printed as "Walt Witman". See more »

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Patience Dealing With The Indians
13 December 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Wagon Train regulars are little in evidence in The Patience Miller Story. Ward Bond had died two months before this episode was shown in January of 1961 and it's possible this one was done while the producers were searching for a new wagon master.

Patience Miller is a very recent Quaker widow whose husband is killed in an Indian attack at the beginning of the episode. Despite that she's determined to push on and take her husband's place at the Arapahoe mission where they were assigned. A very reluctant Robert Horton delivers her at the beginning of the story and then doesn't return until the very end.

The episode is taken from The King And I with a bit of The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine thrown in because one of the plot elements is a blood feud between the Arapahoe and Comanche. But before that's settled she's got to deal with Michael Ansara the Arapahoe chief. Yul Brynner as the King of Siam had nothing on Ansara for imperiousness.

The episode is directed with style by movie veteran Mitchell Leisen and he directs Rhonda Fleming in a great performance that plays down her sexpot image and plays up the red hair. The Arapahoe are a bit intimidated by it, not too many redheads in their neighborhood. it gives her a bit of leverage which she skillfully uses.


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