Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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Those Who Stay Behind 

Hale is unable to take everybody on the next phase and has to turn down some of those applying. One is Ben Campbell, an ex-convict who is being hunted by his escaped former partner, who believes Ben turned him in to the law among others.


Virgil W. Vogel (as Virgil Vogel)


John McGreevey


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Fuller ... Cooper Smith
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Michael Burns ... Barnaby West
Lola Albright ... Leonora Parkman
Peter Brown ... Ben Campbell
Jay North ... Tom Blake
Dennis Holmes ... Danny Blake
Russell Thorson ... Simon Landis
Walter Coy ... Ord Whaley
Barbara Wooddell Barbara Wooddell ... Martha Landis
Laurie Mitchell ... Annie Tolleson
Gail Gilmore Gail Gilmore ... Kate Campbell (as Gale Gerber)
Michael Beirne Michael Beirne ... Lt. Thaxter


As the Hale wagon train reaches various frontier settlements they lose some members of the train but there are usually more wanting to join to go further west. At one such stop Chris runs into the common situation of more wagons wanting to join the train than he can accommodate resulting in disappointed applicants. At this stop the applicant Ben Campbell, ex-convict, and his wife Kate were the next ones on the list. They want to leave quickly to get away from his old criminal partner Jud Fisher who is in jail waiting to be hung. He believes Ben turned him into the law although it is not true. Ben and Kate want to go west for a new start. Their only hope is that overnight a wagon will drop out. When Jud escapes jail, the sheriff sends protection for Ben and Kate. At the same time the two young orphaned Blake brothers are roaming among the wagons. The older boy tom is apprenticed to a blacksmith who beats him and they want to steal away on the train. Mrs. Parkman, the last to join the ... Written by Anonymous

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Robert Fuller and Dennis Holmes both had been in the TV series Laramie (1959) a couple years before this episode. See more »


Hale tells Mr. Landis that his wagon will keep the same position in the train for the trip. In a previous episode, it was mentioned that the wagons would change positions so that there aren't people at the end that always have to put up with all the dust from the wagons ahead of them. That in itself is a goof because Charlie's wagon is always first in line. See more »


Jud Fisher: I'll tell you, Annie, about coming here. Didn't I tell you to never come here.
Annie Tolleson: I had to come, Jud.
Jud Fisher: Had to come, Jud. Because you care so very much for me. You wanna know somethin'? Don't shake your head all winsome like that. You're just like everybody else I ever trusted in my life. You talk love and you talk caring. And I ask you for one favour, one favour. And you turn your back on me.
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A manageable number
18 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

There's no real main story to this Wagon Train episode, just a series of interconnecting dramas involving several people.

The underlying theme however is that even a big Wagon Train like the Chris Hale Train has to have a manageable number of passengers. Some don't make the whole trip to California and passengers are subtracted and added at almost every stop. What John McIntire is dealing with is a number of applicants who want to make the journey and he has only a few slots.

Lola Albright is traveling with her maid Willa Pearl Curtis to join her army husband at his post. Peter Brown has just been released from prison and he and his wife Gail Gilmore want to put plenty of distance between them and former running buddy Bruce Dern who's out to get him. Eldely couple Russell Thorson and Barbara Woodell are traveling west to visit their grandkids, but he's sicker than he's letting on. And two orphan kids Jay North and Dennis Holmes are running away from blacksmith Walter Coy who North is apprenticed to.

All these stories interconnect and it's a nice ensemble with the regular cast that delivers the goods in this fine Wagon Train story.

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8 November 1964 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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