Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Zebedee Titus Story 

Barnaby and Charlie talk Chris Hale into hiring legendary mountain man Zebedee Titus as a scout. The nearly 80 year old Zeb's failing eyesight leads to problems including Coop's being captured by the Comanche Zeb couldn't see.


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Episode cast overview:
... Cooper Smith
... Christopher Hale
... Charlie Wooster
... Bill Hawks
... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
... Zebedee Titus
... Barnaby West
... Mr. Parsons (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Robert Santon ... Pietro
... Maria (as Angela Dorian)
... Major John Hanley Jr.
... The Horsetrader (as Dallas McKennon)
Otto Reichow ... The Blacksmith
Jan Kemp ... Carpenter


While trading at Fort Laramie Barnaby and Charlie meet old mountain man and legendary trailblazer Zebedee Titus who has come to trade his season's catch which is minuscule due to the few remaining beaver. After listening to his stories, they overhear him asking the trader and an Army Major for a job but be turned down due to his age which is near 80 years. Barnaby with support from Charlie persuades Chris Hale to hire Zeb as a scout for the wagon train. Coop and Duke are not happy with the idea especially when Zeb implies they will work for him. It becomes obvious that Zeb's eyesight is not what it used to be while out scouting with Duke. He can't see Comanche smoke signals nor hit a bear in a nearby tree, but Hale does not want to wound the old man's pride. Trouble starts when Zeb's mistakes lead to Coop's capture by Comanches. Written by rbecker28

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20 April 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Last of the Mountain Men
26 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

This wonderful Wagon Train episode concerns one of the last of the Mountain Men, the true pioneers of the west in my humble opinion. If it weren't for people like Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, Thomas Fitzpatrick, etc. we would not have a western part of the USA. Those guys who lived in and among the Indians and were in a distinct minority survived by grit and wits.

One of the last was the fictional Zebedee Titus still eking out a living in the mountains trapping beaver with the beaver now in short supply and civilization rushing westward as personified by the Chris Hale Wagon Train.

It's not easy being the last of your kind, having outlived all your contemporaries and the people now treat him as an anachronism at the town he stops at. But the youngest and oldest members of the Wagon Train, Michael Burns and Frank McGrath prevail on John McIntire to hire Neville Brand who plays Zebedee Titus as an extra scout. And Robert Fuller's got himself an injury anyway.

Brand's a cantankerous old cuss and he's slowing down a might at his age and his eyes aren't that good any more. But he turns out to have some value after all. And in the end he finds his proper place in the west he helped open up.

With his make up to age his appearance Neville Brand is a grand old mountain with a grand performance and he makes this episode one of the best of that seventh and only 90 minute season of Wagon Train.

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