Centennial (1978–1979)
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The Wagon and the Elephant 

While Alexander McKeag and Clay Basket decide to make a life for themselves, following the death of Pasquinel, with McKeag taking the young daughter as his own, across the country in ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Krasny

Writers:

James A. Michener (based on the novel by), Jerry Ziegman (teleplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Atherton ... Jim Lloyd
Raymond Burr ... Herman Bockweiss
Barbara Carrera ... Clay Basket
Richard Chamberlain ... Alexander McKeag
Robert Conrad ... Pasquinel
Richard Crenna ... Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn
Timothy Dalton ... Oliver Seccombe
Cliff De Young ... John Skimmerhorn
Chad Everett ... Major Maxwell Mercy
Andy Griffith ... Professor Lewis Vernor
Gregory Harrison ... Levi Zendt
David Janssen ... Paul Garrett / Narrator
Alex Karras ... Hans Brumbaugh
Brian Keith ... Sheriff Axel Dumire
Sally Kellerman ... Lise Bockweiss
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Storyline

While Alexander McKeag and Clay Basket decide to make a life for themselves, following the death of Pasquinel, with McKeag taking the young daughter as his own, across the country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1845, a young Mennonite man named Levi Zendt dreams of going west also. He and his new bride, Elly, get as far as St. Louis where they meet Oliver Seccombe from London and Lisette, now married to Captain Mercy. A mountain man, Samuel Purchas, is offering to protect them on their journey and warns them of the Pasquinel brothers. They meet McKeag, Clay Basket, and their daughter Lucinda at the store they run. When Captain Mercy hears the name McKeag, he introduces himself as the husband of the daughter of his old partner, Pasquinel. The McKeags and the Zendts decide to become partners in a new store near where they used to do their trapping. But nature interferes and Levi goes off to McKeag's old cabin, in sorrow.

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

After Levi and Elly leave the wagon train and turn back, the voice over says the date is September 2nd. When the wagon wheel collapses and Elly is carving on the cliff face, the date reads August 11, 1845. See more »

Quotes

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Paul Garrett: Centennial when it was founded would stand in the spot where man could look eastward and catch the full power of the prairie or westward to see the Rockies.
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