Stagecoach West (1960–1961)
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Not in Our Stars 

Simon Kane and Zeke Bonner's job offer to itinerant laborer Ben Wait involves the stagecoach line and its passengers with the vengeful Sutter clan. The old man blames Ben for the death of ... See full summary »


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Joseph Stone (as Joe Stone), Paul King


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Episode complete credited cast:
Wayne Rogers ... Luke Perry
Richard Eyer ... Davey Kane
Robert Bray ... Simon Kane
Jay C. Flippen ... Aaron Sutter
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Ben Wait (as Lon Chaney)
James Burke ... Zeke Bonner
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Frederick Ainsworth
J. Edward McKinley ... Senator Lucius Carr
Stanja Lowe Stanja Lowe ... Melinda Carr
Hampton Fancher ... Adam
Karen Green Karen Green ... Lucy Carr
Paul Carr ... Jason (as Paul W. Carr)
Skip Ward ... Samuel


Simon Kane and Zeke Bonner's job offer to itinerant laborer Ben Wait involves the stagecoach line and its passengers with the vengeful Sutter clan. The old man blames Ben for the death of his daughter because of the faulty first aid he believes the vagabond administered. Written by David Bassler

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Release Date:

7 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Closing credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »


[Davey is smitten by the stagecoach's pretty teenage passenger]
Davey Kane: Don't you think I should see to the passengers?
Simon Kane: Horse first, passengers second. Company rule, remember? Besides, she isn't going anyplace.
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Stagecoach West
Music by Skip Martin
Lyrics by Terry Gilkyson
Vocals by Bud and Travis
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My apologies to Lon Chaney Jr.
2 August 2016 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This episode begins in the middle of the night when Luke hears some commotion outside of the office while he is working on the books. When he looks outside he can find nothing. Later, a family led by the father, Aaron Sutton, and his three boys ride into town. The are looking for a man, Ben Wait (Lon Chaney Jr), and have a warrant. They see Ben's horse outside of the stagecoach office and suspect Luke is hiding Ben. They come into the office with guns drawn. Luke gets the upper hand and sends the family into the night. But the father, Aaron still believes Luke knows the whereabouts of Ben.

Meanwhile, Simon is taking a few passengers, which include a doctor and a former Senator and his family out west. They stop at Zeke's midway station for the evening. Later Ben Wait is found in the barn of the station and instead of being rude to Ben, they hire him as an extra hand around the station. But little do they know that one of the Sutton boys had followed the stagecoach and now returns to get his father and brothers so they can take rural justice out of Ben.

There is much more to this interesting story like the reason the Sutton's are chasing Ben. We also have a cast member that is bit by a rattlesnake and needs more help than the doctor can provide. So as you can see this is a full episode that is packed with action.

I have never been a fan of Lon Chaney Jr's acting ability since his acting in drama scenes are stiff and dull. When it was revealed that Mr Chaney was in the cast, I was looking for a show that was going to be long and tedious. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the ability of Mr Chaney. The role of Ben Wait was written for someone that seemed slow but one could feel remorse for his plight. Mr Chaney made the character someone that the viewer felt pity but also cared what was going to happen. The script played right into Mr Chaney's ability and made for an entertaining episode. I have to say that this was one of Lon Chaney Jr's best drama performance. The viewer is easily caught up in the action.

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