Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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Trial for Murder: Part 1 

When a well thought of member of the wagon train is found dead, Adams needs to prevent mob rule and make sure a lawful trial takes place. The accused who was not well liked is found passed out with the rifle used in the murder.


Virgil W. Vogel


Jean Holloway




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Henry Hull ... Mark Applewhite
Marshall Thompson ... Bradley Mason
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Murvyn Vye ... Mr. Miller
Henry Daniell ... Sir Alexander Drew
Melinda Casey Melinda Casey ... Eileen (as Melinda Plowman)
Dennis Rush ... David Ivers
Claire Carleton ... Clara
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Henry Bevan
Ethel Shutta Ethel Shutta ... Mildred Anderson
Jon Locke ... Mr.Miller Son
Ron Hayes ... Mr. Miller Son


Charles Ivers is found murdered along with a bloody rifle next to drunk and passed out Bradley Mason. After Adams jails Mason, he decides the wagon train will hold a trial for Mason as they are too far from the law. A British Barrister agrees to be prosecutor but when the other two attorneys decline to defend Mason, the job is left to an elderly law professor who never practiced law. Adams is forced to stop a lynching lead by Mr. Miller and his two sons as the whole camp is itching for fast justice. Applewhite tries to put on a strong defense as he actually believes Mason to be innocent but Mason's memory is poor due to his drinking that evening. The only person to have faith in him is sixteen year old Eileen who is in love with Mason. Applewhite is able to prove some of the witnesses against Mason are unreliable but when Ivers' son Davy takes the stand accusing Mason of killing his father, Mason suddenly breaks down admitting he killed Ivers making it look like an open and shut case ... Written by Anonymous

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When Charley and Bill are stetting up the tables for the court room, bill sets down and puts his feet up on the desk. In one angle both feet are on the edge. But at the other angle his left foot is propped on his spur. See more »


Libby Carter: I heard Brad Mason quarrelling with poor Mr Ivers just the other night. And come to think of it, I'm not even sure he even threatened him then.
Eileen: And when you come to think about it a little bit longer, you'll be positive you heard Brad threaten him, won't you?
Bessie Treymore: EILEEN!
Eileen: And maybe after a bit more thought, you'll remember seeing Brad actually attack him. WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH ALL OF YOU!
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Release Date:

27 April 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trial for Murder: Part 1 See more »

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Sound Mix:



Black and White | Black and White (Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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