Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Tracy Sadler Story 

David Forest always believed his father to be as he claimed. When Tracy Sadler joins the wagon train his beliefs are altered when he slowly and painfully learns the truth about his past.


Ted Post


Norman Jolley (story), Eric Norden (story)




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Elaine Stritch ... Tracy Sadler
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Carl Benton Reid ... Fletcher Forest
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Cadge Waldo (as Elisha Cook)
Eugene Mazzola ... David Forest (as Eugene Martin)
Ted Mapes ... Henry Jamison
Butch Hengen Butch Hengen ... Anderson Charles


Adams stops the train for fresh horses and to pickup new members. A single wagon comes into camp with Tracy Sadler and helper Cadge Waldo asking to join. Tracy offers to pay Cadge to find Fletcher Forest and a twelve year old boy. Cadge locates them asking Tracy if she wants him to kill them. She tells him no harm is to come to the boy. She reveals the boy is her son who she lost when she went to prison for killing his father. She meets them at Flint's hoedown. The son, David, takes an instant liking to her but Fletcher is wary. David tells Tracy his father has no love for women. As Tracy and David become closer, Fletcher tells her to stay away from both of them accusing her of being his mother. Tracy decides to tell David the truth. The suddenness of the revelation causes David to runaway. While flint locates him, Fletcher and Tracy worry but drunk Cadge decides to settle the issue by taking Fletcher at gunpoint. Fletcher is able to take the gun wounding Cadge. He learns Tracy had no... Written by Anonymous

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9 March 1960 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Mother love
18 January 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Elaine Stritch guest stars in this Wagon Train story playing a mother searching for her 12 year old son. He's on the Major Adams Wagon Train temporarily being skippered in this episode by scout Flint McCullough.

She arrives with a driver she hired Elisha Cook, Jr. looking for her father-in-law Carl Benton Reid who took her son Eugene Martin west from Philadephia. Stritch did 12 years in the joint for the murder of her husband. Reid has brought up the kid as his own instead of as his grandfather.

Let's just say this is not a happy family reunion. This could have been a better episode, but Cook's character is not really defined so well. And I can't believe that Reid even after 12 years would not immediately know his own daughter-in-law especially after the murder trail that sent her to prison for the death of her husband.

Still both Stritch and Reid turn in some fine performances.

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