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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Episode cast overview:
Christopher Hale (credit only)
Charity Kirby
Grandma Bates
Sally Miller
Matt Kirby
Clara Reynolds
William Herrin ...
Tom Miller
Jack Reynolds
Mickey Sholdar ...
Garth Kirby
Ilana Dowding ...
Patience Kirby


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. <>

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1 February 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Womens stereotype foolishness
28 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The only thing this episode shows is how our attitudes about women have changed. I was shocked to see how hysterical so many women were. It's like Birth of a Nation and I suppose it's important to see the prejudice everyone had toward women. They aren't people? I've seen women that were stronger than most men and I have rarely seen all women act like fools. It's an insult to my grandmother, my mother, daughter and all women. I can't think of anyone who would want to turn back especially if they were afraid. You don't think most women are logical enough to realize turning back alone and go back where Indians attacked rather than stay with the 100 or so together. I'll bet that there were many men who panicked on such a journey. It's hard enough to overlook the prejudice against the Indians. I suppose I should rate this higher because I hate when people want to re-write history so the importance of this episode is like I mentioned before - our general attitude toward women. I'm surprised women had the right to vote when this episode of Wagon Train was written. Terrible episode that reminded me of the prejudice toward African Americans who were never cast in any important roles in this time frame. As messed up as our country is this, at least, reminded me of how far we've come.

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