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The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West (1976)

G | | Western, Comedy | August 1976 (USA)
Four episodes of Dusty's Trail edited together into a movie. The episodes, in the order shown, are: "Tomahawk Territory", "Horse of Another Color", "There is Nothing Like a Dame", and "The Not So Magnificent Seven".

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dusty (archive footage)
Wagonmaster Callahan (archive footage)
Mr. Carter Brookhaven (archive footage)
Lulu McQueen (archive footage)
Betsy (archive footage)
Mrs. Daphine Brookhaven (archive footage)
William Cort ...
Andy (archive footage) (as Bill Cort)
Natuma (archive footage)
Ernest Esparza III ...
Indian Boy (archive footage) (as Ernesto Esparza III)
Marshal (archive footage) (as Donald Barry)
Rancher Uriah (archive footage)
Roy, Hired Hand (archive footage) (as Jim Gammon)
McGirk (archive footage)
Jake (archive footage)
Dick Peabody ...
Kyle Skullner (archive footage)


Four episodes of "Dusty's Trail" (1973) coupled together into a feature film. In a similar situation to "Gilligan's Island" (1964) and even starring Bob Denver again, Dusty is a bumbling assistant to Wagonmaster Callahan. Thanks to Dusty's bungling, they are soon separated from the wagon train and lost in the wilderness. The characters parallel those of Gilligan's show. Written by Fred Blorgs

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Western | Comedy


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August 1976 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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This is a compilation of four Dusty's Trail episodes, minus the laugh track. See more »


Dusty: Gee, that was a bright idea. Wonder why I didn't think of it!
Wagonmaster Callahan: Because it was a bright idea.
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Edited from Dusty's Trail: There Is Nothing Like a Dame (1973) See more »


Dusty's Trail
Written by Ross Schwartz and Sherwood Schwartz
Sung by Mel Street
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Compilation of "Dusty's Trail" episodes
21 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Dusty's Trail" is a tepid rehash by Sherwood Schwartz of his earlier "success," "Gilligan's Island." The similarities are so blatant, it is hardly surprising that Bob Denver is playing the lead.

Each of "Gilligan's" seven characters has been transplanted to a very stereotyped Old West setting. Even many of the supporting characters in this "film" popped up on that remote island a decade earlier.

Check on the "Dusty's Trail" page for further comments of other users, and details of the actual show. (It aired in syndication during the 73/74 season; why this "movie" surfaced two years later, one can only guess.) I actually remember seeing the series during its first-run. One afternoon I sat with a bunch of neighborhood kids, viewing an episode, and we all agreed that it was a ripoff of "Gilligan," and not HALF as good.

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