Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Cassie Tanner Story 

Trail hardened Cassie Tanner joins the train, and sets her eye on Major Adams. But the train desperately needs horses, and she may be the only one who can make the dangerous journey to buy them.


Mark Stevens


Paul Savage




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Marjorie Main ... Cassie Tanner
George Chandler ... Cleveland 'Clee' McMasters
Harry Hines Harry Hines ... Obie Harper
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks


Flint scouting helps Cassie Tanner fight off a Paiute Indian attack. She asks to join the wagon train as she is headed for California where the men are. She is an older crusty woman dressed as a man that everyone mistakes for a man. After joining the train it becomes clear that she has her eyes on Major Adams as her "man" while she rebuffs any attempts by Charlie to talk to her. This becomes a major nuisance to Adams but a comical delight to the others. As the problem escalates, they decide to see if Clee might be an option but Clee is ahead of them with his eye on her. They are on the edge of the main desert where they will be out of Paiute territory but they need fresh horses. Flint tries to get through but is wounded and returns to the train. Cassie tells them she is the one to go as she knows how to trade horses and Adams must stay with the train. Her and Clee with several men go after the horses but return to find the train under a major Indian attack. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

4 June 1958 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Revue Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Ma Kettle on the train
25 August 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Marjorie Main made her farewell performances in her career on Wagon Train in the two episodes where she played Cassie Tanner. Cassie is a woman bearing no small resemblance to Ma Kettle and the Kettle series recently had ended over at Universal.

Robert Horton saves Cassie from a Paiute Indian attack and invites her to join the train. Once there she announces she's going west for a new husband (she's had a few and buried them all). And who do you think she eyes like a slab of prime cut meat? None other than wagonmaster Ward Bond.

Of course Bond is somewhat flattered, but can't see himself tied down to Ma Kettle. There is however traveling with the train George Chandler who is very much Pa Kettle like. I think you see where this is going.

The climax involves an Indian attack on the Wagon Train to satisfy action fans. And Marjorie Main is just grand in her farewell role

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