Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Doctor Willoughby Story 

Concerned by one of the passengers on the wagon train, a woman doctor tries to help even though she's hampered further by everyone else who shuns her. Meantime an Indian chief needs doctoring and they don't believe in female medicine men.


Allen H. Miner (as Allen Miner)


Harry von Zell (story) (as Harry Von Zell), A.O. Van Zant (teleplay)




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Jane Wyman ... Dr. Carol Ames Willoughby
Alan Marshal ... Bart Grover (as Alan Marshall)
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Orville Sherman ... Hank Simmons
Tony Rock Tony Rock ... Wounded Man
Ethel Shutta Ethel Shutta ... Mrs. Parker
Dick Wilson ... Bartender


Major Adams is requested by the governor to pick up Dr. Carol Ames Willoughby and take her to Silver Creek. When Adams learns she is a doctor and by herself, he initially refuses but finally agrees to the request. She is late when she picks up one of the wagon train passengers Bart Grover at the hotel. He is drunk but she notices he is also very sick. He is an old friend of Adams who has been a drunk since the war. The doctor tends to him in her wagon trying to sober him up. Her attentions eventually brings a spark to him and a desire to live - sober. The train finds one man dead and another mortally wounded by Indians. The wounded man tells them they had a fight with Chief Black Elk. When the Indians arrive, Adams talks to them and learns Black Elk was shot in the shoulder and needs a doctor. Seth believes the wagon train's only chance is for him to try to save Black Elk. Upon hearing this the doctor decides to go with Adams. Black Elk needs surgery to remove the bullet but the tribe... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western








Release Date:

5 November 1958 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Revue Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Before there was Dr. Quinn
1 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jane Wyman guest stars on this Wagon Train story about a physician of the female gender who is going west to a settlement where a doctor is needed. She's had a lot of problems gaining acceptance and oddly enough from members of her own sex. But as Wyman says the members of Ward Bond's Wagon Train are much better than the women citizens of Boston where she hails from.

Wyman faces two crises in this episode. One is helping Alan Marshal who is a friend of Ward Bond's traveling west who is a hopeless alcoholic, but is now suffering physically because of it.

The other is to help a seriously Cheyenne war chief by removing a bullet and overcoming Indian prejudices that don't allow for medicine women.

Bond starts showing a little romantic interest in her, but Wyman seems destined for a place in Marshal's affections.

This is a nicely done story with Wyman and Marshal outstanding.

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