Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Trace McCloud Story 

A strangler is loose in the town of Bedrock so when the wagon train comes through it is joined by a good percentage of the town's population which it becomes apparent includes the strangler.


Virgil W. Vogel


John McGreevey


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Fuller ... Cooper Smith (credit only)
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Larry Pennell ... Marshal Trace McCloud
Audrey Dalton ... Lola Medina
Michael Burns ... Barnaby West
John Lupton ... Ernie Weaver
Paul Newlan Paul Newlan ... Ben Tatum
Rachel Ames ... Florence Yeager
Stanley Adams ... Merlin the Great (as Stan Adams)
James McCallion ... Roger Bannister
Nora Marlowe Nora Marlowe ... Hilda Bannister
Harry Harvey ... Mayor Ives (as Harry Harvey Sr.)


The town of Bedrock is experiencing a rash of murders with people being strangled. The latest occurs while a traveling show is playing in Bedrock. Marshal Trace McCloud is at a lost in trying to catch the killer. Being a small town several of the people are scared so they decide to join the Hale wagon train which is in the area to leave the problem. This includes the marshal who is frustrated at not being able to solve the case as he is from a long family of lawmen. However, once the group joins the wagon train it is soon clear the killer has come with them as the streak of killings continue but with no obvious pattern. Guards are posted but the killing does not stop as new relationships are made including one that results in a false accusation as to who the killer is. Charlie is once again playing detective with his sights set on the traveling magician who came from Bedrock. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

2 March 1964 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A similar plot is used in the series Laredo the next year in the show "Sound of Terror" S1, E28. See more »

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Strangler on the Train
4 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Wagon Train episode is more like a noir film than a western as several residents of a town they passed through join the Wagon Train to escape a strangler. Including town marshal Larry Pennell who thinks the killings badly reflect on his law enforcement abilities.

Never mind three stranglings take place on John McIntire's Wagon Train before the mystery is solved. Solved by the way with no help from Frank McGrath and young Michael Burns who decide to play detective. That's a lot of the comic relief in this show plus McGrath trying to imitate an itinerant entertainer played by Stanley Adams who has a magic act.

It's a good episode and the solution was rather obvious and I confess I didn't see who the perpetrator was.

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