Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Marie Brandt Story 

Trying to give her son a chance, Maidie Brant is found by the wagon train. Needing fresh horses after a cougar attack, she is reluctant to say why she won't go back to town and buy some but would rather pay top dollar for the Major's.


Virgil W. Vogel


Oliver Crawford (story), Milton Krims (teleplay)




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Jean Hagen ... Maidie Brant
Richard Eyer ... Matthew Brant
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Edward Platt ... Spinoza de Costa
Claudia Bryar ... Mrs. Taylor
Ronnie Sorensen Ronnie Sorensen ... Simon Taylor
Johnny Eimen Johnny Eimen ... Billy Taylor


Maidie Brant and her son Matthew dog and horses are attacked by an injured cougar. Maidie tells her son he must kill the dog and horses due to their severe injuries but he refuses so she does it. It leaves them stranded when Hawks finds them. She is headed east and is willing to pay the Major top dollar for horses. Adams tells her he needs all their stock to reach the next town where stock can be purchased at a cheaper price but she refuses to return there. The Major and friend Orbio de Costa notice her severe attitude toward life and survival are taking a toll on her son as she refuses to allow him or herself to develop a friendship or accept help. de Costa learns she had to support her sick husband for ten years with him showing no gratitude or interest in how she did it. He decides to give her a pair of his horses but when Matthew runs off, a cougar attack causes the death of de Costa as well as the boy attacking do Costa thinking it is his mother. It awakens her to what she has ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

20 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Too Coy a story
10 May 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jean Hagen plays the title role in The Maidie Brant Story on Wagon Train for this episode. She's one hardhearted woman who is trying to raise her son Richard Eyer to be tough in the world. Unstopped she might just succeed, he should not be mourning over his pet dog killed by a wounded cougar.

This episode of Wagon Train is crippled by the fact that given the mores of the time it won't or can't be frank about issues. Hagen is running from something and reading between the lines it might have been a mercy killing of her husband and Eyer's father. A kindly philosophical man played by Edward Platt who has a great rapport with Ward Bond takes an interest in the kid. He apparently also reminds Hagen too much of her late husband even though we learn Platt is a Sephardic Jew.

Some good performances a wasted in a story that was just too coy.

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