Wagon Train: Season 3, Episode 12

The St. Nicholas Story (23 Dec. 1959)

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Almost Christmas eve, the wagon train deals with a happy time, the perils that go with hostile Indians and a little lost boy who may have already been captured by those same hostiles.



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Episode cast overview:
Flint McCullough (credit only)
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Mama Kling (as Elizabeth Fraser)
Robert Emhardt ...
Papa Kling
J.M. Kerrigan ...
John Reed
Fintan Meyler ...
Peter's Wife
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Mrs. Sherman
Ute Indian Chief
Richard H. Cutting ...
Dr. Dahlman (as Richard Cutting)
Kay Stewart ...
Cora Dahlman


The wagon train comes down out of the Rockies into a lush valley where the livestock can graze and the people can rest a couple days before Christmas. A couple of the men are making preparations for Christmas with gifts and decorations. After the members of the train have gone to sleep the Ute Indians attack. Three people are killed and some wounded while the Utes lose five braves and several wounded. The dead include the two men making preparations for Christmas. After the attack Mrs. Sherman notices her little boy Jimmy is missing. The men search the train with no luck while also tending to the wounded. By the end of the next day on Christmas eve the Major goes alone to search for Jimmy in the area around the train's camp. He stumbles upon Jimmy and the Ute Chief's son sound asleep at the same time as the Chief. At that point they must decide the future for themselves and the people they both lead. Written by Anonymous

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Peace on earth
22 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Some of the ethnic diversity of the immigrants going west is in this Christmas episode of Wagon Train from 1959. Italian Vito Scotti, German couple Robert Emhardt and Elizabeth Fraser and a jolly Irishman played by J.M. Kerrigan are all awaiting Christmas and eager to celebrate it in their country traditions.

But an attack by the Ute Indians led by Henry Brandon leaves a lot of casualties on both sides. In addition Sue Randall's small son runs off and is among the missing. The train has to stay and search and that puts them in danger of another Indian attack.

I won't say more, there are a lot of elements, a lot of small subplots woven into this episode that I really can't explain. In the end the innocence of children who haven't been indoctrinated into their parent's prejudices light a candle of peace at the holiday season.

The episode holds up well even after over 50 years.

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