Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Abel Weatherly Story 

A sea captain traveling west haunted by nightmares from his past is found stranded, injured and drunk by Bill and Charlie. After hearing his story, they help him reach his destination to locate a ghost: a dead sailor that may be alive.


Dick Moder


Robert Libott (as Robert Yale Libott)




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale (credit only)
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller) (credit only)
J.D. Cannon ... Abel Weatherly
John Ashley ... Michelangelo Fratelli
William Fawcett ... The Drifter
Shane D. Kelly Shane D. Kelly ... Carlo (as Shane Kelly)
Valerie Varda Valerie Varda ... Ilona


Bill Hawks and Charlie Wooster discover a broken down wagon and an injured man, a sea captain named Abel Weatherly. Hawks and Wooster help the captain, but when Hawks is nearly killed by the captain during a violent nightmare Weatherly decides it is time to tell the men his story. He tells how a young man named Michelangelo Fratelli joined his crew. A talented artist who believed all men were brothers. How the two became friends. How his ship wrecked and the two became stranded on a lonely island. And how, finally, tragically, he killed his friend when he believed Fratelli was trying to kill him, only to discover Fratelli may have been trying to save him. Now, driven by the desire to know the truth, Weatherly is following a clue to a nearby town, a clue which hints Fratelli may not have died on that lonely island. Written by Christopher D. <imdbreviews@gmail.com>

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Release Date:

2 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits order has Frank McGrath (I) before Terry Wilson (I). During the closing credits, their credit order is reversed. See more »

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Far fetched and wild
17 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Frank McGrath and Terry Wilson of the Wagon Train regulars are the only ones to appear in this episode. The story concerns a drunken ex-sea captain whom they find on the trail and who is haunted my nightmares of a murder he might have committed while marooned on a south sea island some years ago.

J.D. Cannon is the sea captain and is in the title role of the story. He thinks that he might have killed sailor John Ashley with whom he was marooned. It was a question of survival as he had some reason to think Ashley was planning to do him in.

Not one of the better Wagon Train episodes a little too far fetched and wild for my taste.

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