Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Martin Gatsby Story 

Wealthy merchant Martin Gatsby, a man with little room for compassion for others, wants the wagon train to keep rolling and demands that Hale leave Caleb Lefton and his family behind, because the inexperienced Lefton is causing delays.it.


Jerry Hopper


Thomas Thompson




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon
Fred Clark ... Martin Gatsby
Jocelyn Brando ... Grace Lefton
Harry Carey Jr. ... Jeb Colton
James McCallion ... Caleb Lefton
Terry Burnham Terry Burnham ... Marie Lefton
Virginia Christine ... Elaine Gatsby


With every new Chris Hale wagon train there is a probationary period everyone agrees to. If they or their gear do not meet muster, they can be dropped from the wagon train at Hanover. This time Caleb Lefton is having trouble. Bill has been helping him practice driving his team. He is slowing learning but the delays are straining the patience of businessman Martin Gatsby who wants to get west to open a new business. He is traveling with his wife and two hands: Jeb Colton, ex-wagon master and a Mexican cook named Arizona. Martin is complaining to Chris about the delays and Chris' own rules of the train which may force Chris to leave the Leftons behind. Chris reminds Martin that he too is violating the rules due to an overloaded wagon with an expensive dresser and wood stove along with unneeded camping accessories. Tragedy hits the Leftons while Gatsby and his wife must face their own issues as well the advice of Colton who hates Chris. Written by Anonymous

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10 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A self made man
27 February 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Fred Clark guest stars in this Wagon Train episode as a self made man who measures his total worth in the cash on hand and the various toys he's acquired for himself and his wife. They have no children but at least Clark's wife Virginia Christine empathizes with a poor and struggling family consisting of husband and wife James McCallion and Jocelyn Brando and their daughter Terry Burnham.

As a man used to getting his own way Clark tries throwing his weight around with John McIntire who tells him who runs the Wagon Train in no uncertain terms. As for McCallion and family, they're a dirt poor bunch whose bad outfit and inability to handle same may hold up the Wagon Train.

Giving the title role of Clark's character the last name of Gatsby was no accident. F. Scott Fitzgerald's more famous Gatsby was definitely a man of pretensions as his Clark's character, just different kinds of pretensions. As for McCallion and Brando, they also face a crisis during the episode and find they have more in common than you would originally think.

I thoroughly enjoyed this episode and the stellar performances given by the whole ensemble. The story is a wonderful parable about values both real and misplaced.

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