Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Sandra Cummings Story 

After escaping from a Confederate prison for being a spy, Sandra Cummings, becomes the lead in a musical troupe in the west. When she joins the wagon train, Cooper Smith takes an interest in her daughter Paula against Sandra's wishes.


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Episode cast overview:
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Sandra Cummings
Paula Cummings
Jonathan Lott
Luke Moss
Jack Easton Jr. ...
Jefferson Smith
James Johnson ...
Otho Fowler
First Guard
Brett King ...
K.L. Smith ...
2nd Sentry
Paul Baxley ...
3rd Sentry


A Confederate prison is holding the beautiful Sandra Cummings and her partner Luke Moss as spies awaiting execution. One of the younger guards lets the pair out of their cells due to him finding her very seductive. Between her allure and Luke's strength they escape the prison and through the Confederate lines. Years later, singer Sandra Cummings, along with her musical troupe and her daughter Paula join the wagon train when they move to a new town. From the time he first sees Sandra, Coop begins acting strangely, starting a relationship with Paula despite Sandra's excessive objections to her daughter seeing any men. Coop's behavior even starts to alienate Duke and others on the wagon train, and Sandra has her troupe members try to beat Coop up. The reasons for the attitudes of both Coop and Sandra are brought to light later. Written by rbecker28

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2 December 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Paula is seen and heard playing a Harmony Stella tenor guitar, manufactured between 1951 and 1962. Tenor guitars were unknown before the late 1920's. See more »

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Rhonda sings, but nixes flings
14 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Beautiful Rhonda Fleming who was created for Technicolor is the guest star in this Wagon Train episode. She plays an entertainer who back in the Civil War was a Union spy. Now she has a daughter Cynthia Pepper and they've joined the Wagon Train with her musical accompanist John Archer and Fleming's general factotum, a blind but powerful Michael Conrad. There's an unusual bond between Fleming and Conrad and a brief prologue tells us why.

In any event Fleming is beautiful, but distrustful of all men and overprotective of Pepper in that regard to an absurd degree. Fleming causes a lot of problems on the train including coming between friends Robert Fuller and Denny Miller. There's also some bad history between Fuller and Fleming that also dates back to the Civil War.

Rhonda gets a couple of songs to sing, an added treat for this episode. A lot of dirty linen gets a much needed airing before this fine story is over.

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