Wagon Train: Season 2, Episode 37

The Steele Family Story (17 Jun. 1959)

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Nearing the end of their trip, a mother with four beautiful daughters, all of marrying age and a wagon train full of men who are either the same or wanting to be and the Major is not off limits either.



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Episode cast overview:
Flint McCullough (credit only)
Lee Patrick ...
Mrs. Elliot Swinbourne Steele
Lori Nelson ...
Charity Steele
Diane Jergens ...
Prudence Steele
Barbara Eiler ...
Faith Steele
Hope Steele
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Dan Tobin ...
Mr. Bill Dashwood
Claude Jarman Jr. ...
Jeremiah Collingwood (as Claude Jarman)
John Baer ...
Clay Willis
John Brinkley ...
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Major Adams promised his Aunt Abigail to watch out for a widow, Mrs. Steele, and her four unmarried daughters on their way to California. The girls Faith, Hope, Charity, and Prudence range in age from 30 to 16. The girls are flirtatious without intending to be so and are causing problems with every man on the train - single and married. Adams is inundated with complaints from wives and trying to protect the girls. Mrs. Steele is on a mission to find wives for the girls but her desires and the girls desires do not always mesh. As they near Lake Tahoe they attend a party sponsored by the wealthy single forty something Bill Dashmore. The oldest daughter Faith overhears Dashmore tell his nephew that he has no use for scheming women causing her to spurn his offer to dance and sparking his interest. They leave the party with Mrs. Steele in turmoil over her unmarried daughters. Dashmore and his nephew decide to pursue Faith and Hope on the train. It takes Prudence eloping to break the ice ... Written by Anonymous

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Husbands for the Steele girls
10 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Wagon Train has Ward Bond doing a favor for his Aunt Agatha and taking the Steele Family of women across the plains and watching out special for them. The family is the Lee Patrick as the widow Steele and her beautiful and single daughters Lori Nelson, Diane Jergens, Penny Edwards and Barbara Eiler.

These girls all eligible for marriage and attractive to boot cause a whole lot of problems, but Lee Patrick has picked out husbands for them. Her picks don't always match up with her daughter's wishes. That leads to a whole lot of romantic complications.

Ward Bond and his crew are by no means off limits. Patrick has set her cap for him if possible. Robert Horton is not in this episode and he probably made sure to take long scouting trips on this westward voyage.

Accent is on comedy in this story with a touch of romance.

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