Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Grover Allen Story 

After being fired and setting a bomb which kills his tyrannical boss, Grover Allen joins the wagon train and heads west with his widowed daughter-in-law Della and grandson Jeff. A detective searching for Allen joins the wagon train.


Joseph Pevney


Jack Curtis




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Fuller ... Cooper Smith (credit only)
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Burgess Meredith ... Grover Allen
Marshall Thompson ... Will Stebbins
Nancy Gates ... Della
Michael Burns ... Barnaby West
Lillian Bronson ... Miss Phoebe
Byron Foulger ... George Duskin
Paul E. Burns ... Fred Elkins
Charles Morton ... Watchman
Scott Lane Scott Lane ... Jeff


Grover Allen who has worked at the clock factory for forty years is once again a few minutes late for work. When his boss George Duskin catches Grover daydreaming again, he has had enough and fires Grover who is dumbfounded. Concerned not only about himself but the other workers who Duskin is threatening to fire, Grover, a tinkerer and inventor, decides to build a bomb which kills Duskin. Grover takes his widowed daughter-in-law Della who was married to his son who died at Gettysburg and his grandson Jeff on the Hale wagon train to settle in the west and escape the law. He is happy to be free but Jeff is far from happy wishing to be back home. Things become complicated when a drummer, Will Stebbins, joins the wagon train handing out two week old newspaper to people on the train that says detectives are searching for the bomb maker who killed Duskin. Will, who is really a detective, quickly narrows in on Grover but he is also becoming increasingly fond of Jeff and especially Della. Written by Anonymous

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It is known that Jeff's father died at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Jeff is about 12 years old, so the date of this story would be about 1875. After Charlie's horses run out of control, by the time Bill Hawkes catches up and helps get it stopped, the wagon has broken apart and looks like a chariot, so Bill calls Charlie 'Ben-Hur,' obviously referring the Lew Wallace's book "Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ." This book was written in 1880. See more »

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Mild mannered bomber
16 August 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Traveling with the Wagon Train on this trip west is Burgess Meredith, daughter-in-law Nancy Gates and grandson Edmund Allen. They look just about like any other pilgrims except that Meredith is escaping from the law.

Seems that back in Boston he set off a bomb that killed his boss Byron Foulger. Think of Bob Cratchit killing off Ebenezer Scrooge with a similar device and you get the picture.

But it's still murder and there's a detective on the Wagon Train played by Marshall Thompson. He's got to ascertain and apprehend. But he's a lonely guy himself and he falls for Gates.

As for Burgess Meredith he's having a great old time paying court to widow Lillian Bronson. He also fancies himself an inventor of sorts and he and Frank McGrath have a great old time inventing a kind of air conditioner for the wagons. When McGrath tries to drive his wagon, the Rube Goldberg invention falls apart in a hilarious sequence.

Still there's the law to be faced and to see how that's dealt with you have to watch this fun and somewhat whimsical Wagon Train story.

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3 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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