Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Riley Gratton Story 

Riley Gratton has always drifted from here to there, a smooth tongue getting him whatever he needed. When he tries to do the same with some folks on the Major's wagon train, what comes next may be the least of his worries.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Major Seth Adams
Flint McCullough
Riley Gratton
Sarah Dawson
Joe McSorley
John Dawson
Paul Dawson
John Bixby
Sammy Ogg ...
Charlie Wooster
Raymond Guth ...
Bill Hawks
Juney Ellis ...
Woman Screaming In Front of Jail
Dirk Evans ...
Willy Gentry


Riley Grafton is a con-artist who has a knack for getting into and out of trouble. After escaping a potential tar and feathering, he runs into the wagon train stalled by a high river. He served in the Army with the Major. Riley meets Sarah Dawson and her brothers and takes a liking to Sarah but that doesn't prevent him from selling worthless land to them and Mr. Bxby as they think he is a good friend of the Major. When they and the Major learn the land is worthless, the Major tracks Riley to a nearby town where Riley lost the money the night before in crooked games. Riley steals the money back but in so doing puts the Major's neck at risk when the bar owner catches the Major. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

4 December 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Smooth as cut crystal
22 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode of Wagon Train features guest star Guy Madison who falls into a category of having never worked with Ward Bond on the big screen. Others who guested on Wagon Train like that with Bond are Bette Davis, Lou Costello, and Charles Laughton. Bond who worked with just about every major star in Hollywood was making it up with those he missed on his TV series.

Madison is a fellow Civil War veteran, but he was a conman in the service and continued in that profession once out. In this story Madison sells some worthless land to some of the families on the Wagon Train and promptly loses it at cards and roulette at James Westerfield's saloon.

I won't go into all of it, but Ward Bond gets in quite a jackpot helping Madison get that money back.

I have to say Madison was as smooth as the finest cut crystal in his role. All in all a nice story, but nothing special from the series.

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