Wagon Train: Season 3, Episode 29

Trial for Murder: Part 1 (27 Apr. 1960)

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When a well thought of member of the wagon train is found dead, Adams needs to prevent mob rule and make sure a lawful trial takes place. The accused who was not well liked is found passed out with the rifle used in the murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Flint McCullough (credit only)
Mark Applewhite
Bradley Mason
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Murvyn Vye ...
Mr. Miller
Sir Alexander Drew
Melinda Plowman ...
Dennis Rush ...
David Ivers
Tyler McVey ...
Henry Bevan
Ethel Shutta ...
Mildred Anderson
Mr.Miller Son
Ron Hayes ...
Mr. Miller Son


Charles Ivers is found murdered along with a bloody rifle next to drunk and passed out Bradley Mason. After Adams jails Mason, he decides the wagon train will hold a trial for Mason as they are too far from the law. A British Barrister agrees to be prosecutor but when the other two attorneys decline to defend Mason, the job is left to an elderly law professor who never practiced law. Adams is forced to stop a lynching lead by Mr. Miller and his two sons as the whole camp is itching for fast justice. Applewhite tries to put on a strong defense as he actually believes Mason to be innocent but Mason's memory is poor due to his drinking that evening. The only person to have faith in him is sixteen year old Eileen who is in love with Mason. Applewhite is able to prove some of the witnesses against Mason are unreliable but when Ivers' son Davy takes the stand accusing Mason of killing his father, Mason suddenly breaks down admitting he killed Ivers making it look like an open and shut case ... Written by Anonymous

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27 April 1960 (USA)  »

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When Charley and Bill are stetting up the tables for the court room, bill sets down and puts his feet up on the desk. In one angle both feet are on the edge. But at the other angle his left foot is propped on his spur. See more »

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Murder on the trail
18 September 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

There's been a murder done on the Wagon Train going west and being so far away from regular criminal justice machinery Ward Bond as wagonmaster has to improvise.

Fortunately he's got a pair of legal minds to help. A former British barrister in Henry Daniell and a retired professor of law in Henry Hull. With Bond as the judge, Daniell becomes prosecutor and Hull who's not been in a courtroom too much takes on the defense of the accused party.

The climax of the first half of the two part show is when the members of the Wagon Train are incited into a lynch mob. I remember to this day that Henrry Daniell and Henry Hull stood with rifles ready to defend both the prisoner and the anglo-saxon legal system they've devoted their lives to. One of the few times you ever see Henry Daniell in a good light.

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