Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The River Crossing 

A green Army Colonel wipes out a village of Comanche women and children thinking he is getting revenge. The wagon train must face on the one side a swollen river they must cross or a Comanche chief on the other who seeks justice.





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Episode cast overview:
... Major Seth Adams
... Flint McCullough
... Charlie Wooster
... Jabez Moore
... Col. Buckner
... Lt. Bevins
... Dark Eagle
... Mrs. Moore
... Tom
... Broken Finger
Dennis McCarthy ... Hawkins
Colette Jackson ... Gray Sparrow
... Black Forest


The wagon train starts crossing a wide river with quicksand late in the day before a major rain storm. Adams has Wooster hold half of the train up until the next day. Flint is to return and can guide them across the river. On the way to the train Flint sees smoke finding a Comanche village destroyed with the women and children killed. He buries the wife of Chief Dark Eagle after she tells him the Army attacked them. Flint goes to the Fort finding green Col. Buckner who thought the Comanche killed one of his officers. After he shows Flint the arrow, Flint tells him the arrow is Kiowa - not Comanche. Flint continues on to the wagon train where a Pawnee scout warns Flints the Army post has been destroyed. Panicked Jabez Moore tries to cross the flooded river losing his wagon and life. A wounded Col. Buckner and Lt. Bevins arrive looking for sanctuary. The Comanches surround the camp with massive numbers. Flint tells the people to act normally while he leaves to meet Dark Eagle. He offers... Written by Anonymous

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14 December 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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at the start of the show, flint is not riding his usual appaloosa horse but a solid brown one. on his way back to the wagon train from his confrontation with the colonel at the fort he is still riding the brown horse, however, for one brief moment he shown astride the appaloosa. from the next scene forward he is riding the brown horse again. See more »

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Patience and diplomacy
6 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

One of the last episodes with Ward Bond in it, it was aired posthumously concerns The River Crossing. A river with a bad reputation for quicksand has risen during a flood and Ward Bond has only gotten half the train across. Robert Horton and Frank McGrath are stuck with the other half and they're in a bad place.

That's because some idiot colonel played by Charles Aidman attacked a Comanche village and massacred the women and children, blowing up a peace treaty. The body of one of his officers was found near the village. The only problem was that it was Kiowas who did the deed as Flint McCullough tells him upon seeing the arrow.

The Comanches are understandably on the warpath and they reduce Aidman's fort to rubble and send him and aide Ron Harper scurrying to the Wagon Train for protection. Ironic since the army is supposed to be protecting the settlers.

This episode illustrates the old maxim that one well placed idiot can screw up the work of many good people. It takes a lot of patience and diplomacy for Flint McCullough to use to get the Wagon Train through this problem.

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