Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Adam MacKenzie Story 

The Perez family is run out of town because people believe their daughter Juana is a witch. The family joins the wagon train, and after Juana's brother Felipe is mauled by a cat, the old world is pitted against the new world of medicine.

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel

Writer:

Norman Jolley
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Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Michael Ansara ... Adam MacKenzie
Peter Brown ... Benedict O'Brien
William Mims William Mims ... Esteban Perez
Jose De Vega ... Henry 'Wild Horse' Adams
Danny Bravo Danny Bravo ... Felipe Perez
Nora Marlowe Nora Marlowe ... Ma Sikes
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Carlota Perez
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Beauford
Alex Montoya Alex Montoya ... Carlos
Lois Roberts Lois Roberts ... Juana Perez
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The Perez family lives in a village that combines the old pagan beliefs of the Indians with the modern Christian beliefs. Members of their village believe their teenage daughter Juana is a witch so the family packs up and leaves the village before harm can come to her. When their wagon breaks down with three broken wheels and they are lost, the father Esteban finds the Hale wagon train and flags them down for help and food. The wagon train is about two days from Medicine Lance where they will stop for supplies. Charlie Wooster is looking forward to seeing Ma Sikes who he says is a better cook than even him. The town has an excellent doctor, Adam MacKenzie, who has two young protégés studying under him. Due to a recent diphtheria outbreak they are checking all strangers before they enter town so the three of them ride out to the wagon train to check all the members. The younger assistant, Henry 'Wild Horse' Adams, being an Indian runs into some resistance. Meanwhile, Felipe Perez, was ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1963 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Revue Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An interesting pilot
14 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This might have made an interesting TV series had some sponsor shown a bit of interest. Wagon Train regulars take a back seat to the guest cast led by Michael Ansara. He's a doctor practicing in the Southwest USA in frontier days and he has two assistants both apprenticing to be doctors. You could forego medical school back in those days. Anyway I doubt that Irish immigrant Peter Brown or Navajo Jose DeVega could have afforded the tuition.

Kicked out of their mostly Mexican peasant town still enamored of their pagan religion, William Mims and wife Penny Santon soon come to believe that daughter Lois Roberts is a witch. Later when their son Danny Bravo is bitten by a feral cat they think the daughter can change into one at will and kick her out.

After that its Ansara against Mims as he stubbornly insists that modern medicine will have no power over a witch. Let's just say Sims is a very hard sell.

The episode was nicely acted. Might have made a good series.


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