Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Lita Foladaire Story 

Never having met Lita Foladaire, Major Adams learned a lot about her past, the town she grew up in, the people who loved her and most importantly what happened to her surrounded by those same people.


Jerry Hopper


Helen Cooper (story), Jean Holloway (teleplay)




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Diane Brewster ... Lita Foladaire
Kent Smith ... Jess Foladaire
Tom Drake ... Dr. John Cannon
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Evelyn Brent ... Mrs. Simmons
Richard Crane ... Clay Foladaire
Paul Birch ... Dan Clayton
Jay Novello ... Carlotti
Lurene Tuttle ... Mrs. Willoughby


As the wagon train nears the town of Coal Train, Hawks discovers a woman nearly dead by a cabin. They take her to town where the Sheriff identifies her as Lita Foladaire the wife of Jess Foladaire who was a Captain under Major Adams in the war. As the doctor examines her, she passes away. With Jess out of town, Adams and Hawks decide it is their duty to determine who murdered his friend's wife. They trace her steps through the day as she visited her father, the church, her doctor, and a lawyer. They learn she was beautiful marrying a man much older than her against her father's wishes and that she lost a baby which shattered her relationship with Jess who put high value on the family line. She was killed at the home of the artist Carlotti who painted her portrait. They discovered she made out a will leaving everything to her husband's younger brother Clay. Carlotti felt the relationship between Lita and Clay was more than it should have been. Upon Clay's return followed shortly by her... Written by Anonymous

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The Foladaire Dynasty
20 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Terry Wilson finds the body of Diane Brewster on the train barely alive and brings her back to the Wagon Train. There they learn that she's the wife of Kent Smith who served with them in the Civil War. Smith is out of town on business and Ward Bond takes it upon himself to conduct his own investigation.

This Wagon Train episode is done in the episodic flashback style of Citizen Kane and The Killers. As Bond visits people associated with Brewster we see a picture of her drawn as surely as one was done for Charles Foster Kane.

We learn about Kent Smith as well. His main obsession is the continuation of the Foladaire dynasty. Smith is an aristocrat and views the women of his line as little more than brood mares, to be honored if they provide sons and treated like garbage if they don't. Just as long as there are more Foladaire boys to come.

When Bond has solved the mystery he says that while he never met Lita Foladaire in life he sure got to know her. I can identify with that because in my former job with New York State Crime Victims I got to know a lot of people after they died. Some fine people too, like Lita Foladaire.

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Release Date:

6 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono


Black and White | Black and White (Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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