Wagon Train: Season 4, Episode 19

The Prairie Story (1 Feb. 1961)

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The story of the women of the wagon train and the unforgiving prairie through which they pass. Who will endure, and who will give up? Who will live, and who will die?

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Christopher Hale (credit only)
Jan Clayton ...
Charity Kirby
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Grandma Bates
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Diane Jergens ...
Sally Miller
John Archer ...
Matt Kirby
Virginia Christine ...
Clara Reynolds
William Herrin ...
Tom Miller
Jack Buetel ...
Jack Reynolds
Mickey Sholdar ...
Garth Kirby
Ilana Dowding ...
Patience Kirby
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The harsh sun, violent wind, pouring rain, wild Indians, the desolate prairie stretching on mile upon torturous mile, seemingly without end. Enough to challenge the strongest man. But what of the women? Plucked from their homes, their hearths, their friends, everything familiar and secure. How will they survive this unforgiving land? "The women make up the strength of this train." So says Flint McCullough. Which of the women will endure, and which will the prairie conquer? There's Mrs. Clara Reynolds from Philadelphia; Mrs. Sally Miller, young newlywed bride; Mrs. Charity Kirby, Gloucester woman who refused to leave her piano behind; and finally, Grandma Bates, seasoned veteran of the prairie crossing from her youth, on her way back to California. Written by Christopher D. <imdbreviews@gmail.com>

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Stress on the women
16 December 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When the death of a regular especially the leading one in the cast of any television show happens of course programming is thrown into a tizzy. In the course of the Wagon Train run I had way back when Ward Bond died that several scripts that were to feature him were given to Robert Horton. They also didn't work as well with Horton.

I think this episode is a perfect example. I have no doubt that those scenes that Horton shared with Beulah Bondi were meant for Bond. They would have worked better because of the closer age difference.

Nevertheless this is a fine dramatic piece focusing on the women of the Wagon Train and the stress they endured. Virginia Christine, Jan Clayton, and most of all Beulah Bondi who has lived and seen it all. Her's is a wonderful performance. And as an added treat we get to hear Jan Clayton sing.

I just wish Bond had done this or they saved it for John McIntire.


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