Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Baylor Crowfoot Story 

A teacher traveling with the wagon train encounters conflict when he become attracted to the daughter of a medicine man who has just joined the train. The man despises cowards and sees the teacher as one.


Virgil W. Vogel


Prentiss Combs (story), John McGreevey (teleplay)




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Robert Culp ... Baylor Crofoot
John Larch ... Jethro Creech
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Charles Herbert ... Tad Hollister
Leonard Nimoy ... Emeterio Vasquez
Joyce Taylor ... Ruth Creech


On a stormy night a single wagon with Jethro Creech and his daughter Ruth approaches the wagon train. Creech demands to see the wagon master. As Chris approaches Creech's team of horses runs away scared by lightening dragging Creech. Creech is able to hold on to the reins and stop the horses. His white horse is part Arabian and very high strung. Later, Baylor Crofoot, the wagon train school teacher, spots the daughter Ruth getting water so he offers to help. This raises the ire of her father who tells Baylor to stay away from Ruth. He only respects those with the courage to stand up to him but so far no one meets the criteria. Jethro sits in on Baylor's class and leaves telling the students book learning is not what they need. Things come to a head when Jethro puts on his medicine man show with his patent elixir that evening and reveals a secret about Ruth. Written by Anonymous

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The onscreen title is The Baylor Crofoot Story. No w in Crofoot, See more »

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Motivational Speaker for bullying
17 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Though the western setting might fool you, examine this Wagon Train episode closely and you'll find that it very closely resembles The Barretts Of Wimpole Street. In a swaggering performance, possibly his best role, John Larch plays a medicine show pitch man who keeps his daughter Joyce Taylor in bondage to himself.

Though he is one sick twisted human being, Larch today would be some kind of motivational speaker for bullying. And just like Charles Laughton his attachment for his daughter is as filled with suggested incest for Norma Shearer.

Enter the Robert Browning of the piece Robert Culp. He's a schoolteacher and an amiable man who tries to fill the kids on the Wagon Train's heads with some learning. He's a marked guy in Larch's mind even before he shows an interest in Taylor.

This is one of the most memorable Wagon Train episode I recall from my youth. Larch's performance will stick with you like it did for me.

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21 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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