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Wagon Train

Wagon Train cast (1964)
Genre Western
Starring Ward Bond
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
Running time 60 or 90 mins.
Original run 19571965
External links
IMDb profile

Wagon Train was a television series on NBC from 1957 to 1962 and on ABC from 1962 to 1965. It ranked #1 in the Nielsen Ratings in the 1961-1962 television season. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The year 1957 in television involved some significant events. ... See also: 1964 in television, other events of 1965, 1966 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1965-66 American network television schedule. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ...

The show chronicles the adventures of a wagon train as it makes its way from Missouri to California. There were 284 episodes with the first episode appearing 18 September 1957 and the last episode 2 May 1965. Some of the actors appearing on Wagon Train included Ward Bond as Major Seth Adams (Wagon master seasons 1-4), Robert Horton as Flint McCullough (seasons 1-5), Denny Miller as Duke Shannon (seasons 5-7), Michael Burns as Barnaby West (seasons 4-8), Robert Fuller as Cooper Smith (seasons 7-8), John McIntire as Christopher Hale (Wagon master, seasons 4-8) and Frank McGrath as Charlie Wooster (cook, seasons 1-8), Terry Wilson as Bill Hawks. The eight-season one-hour show was filmed in black and white except for its seventh season which was 90 minutes and in color. Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St Louis[1] Area  Ranked 21st  - Total 69,709 sq mi (180,693 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 300 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Ward Bond (April 9, 1903 - November 5, 1960) was an American film actor. ... Robert Horton (born July 29, 1924), a prominent American television actor, was most noted for the role of Flint McCullough in the TV series Wagon Train (1957-1962). ... Denny Miller as Tongo the Ape Man, Gilligans Island Denny Miller (b. ... Michael Burns, Ph. ... Robert Fuller in Emergency!. Robert Fuller (born July 29, 1933, in Troy, New York) is an American actor, best known for starring role on the 1960s western series Laramie, as well as his work in the 1970s medical drama Emergency!. Fuller became a full-fledged star in 1959 for the... McIntire in The Asphalt Jungle Craggly-faced film actor John McIntire (June 27, 1907 - January 30, 1991) was born in Spokane, Washington and raised in Montana, growing up with ranchers and cowboys which would eventually inspire his performances in dozens of westerns later in life. ... Frank McGrath played Wooster the cook on Wagon Train. ...

When the Ward Bond episodes were broadcast weekday afternoons on ABC in 1963, a new series name and theme would have to be used to separate the two airings and avoid viewer confusion. This was because Wagon Train was still on the ABC evening schedule. Trailmaster was the name given and a new theme song the "Trailmaster Theme" was written and conducted by Stanley Wilson.

When pitching Star Trek to network TV executives in the mid-60s, Gene Roddenberry referred to his outer-space series as "a Wagon Train to the stars."[1] The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ...


Theme music

The first season theme "Wagon Train" was written by Henri Rene and Bob Russell and lyrics were not used. The theme was conducted by Revue musical director Stanley Wilson. In the second season, a new more modern sounding theme was introduced. "(Roll Along) Wagon Train" was written by Sammy Fain and Jack Brooks and sung by Johnny O'Neill. About midway through the second season this was replaced with an instrumental version by Stanley Wilson. In the third season a more traditional sounding score was introduced. "Wagons Ho!" was written and conducted by Jerome Moross. This theme would last through the series run and is the most remembered Wagon Train theme. Stanley Wilson re-recorded "Wagons Ho!" for the last two seasons. This page refers to the British Liberal Democrat MP Bob Russell. ... Sammy Fain (Samuel Feinberg, June 17, 1902 - December 6, 1989) was an Jewish-American composer of popular music. ... Jack Bascom Brooks (born December 22, 1922) is a Texas politician. ... Jerome Moross (August 1, 1913 - July 27, 1983) was an American stage and film composer and conductor. ...


  • Ward Bond made a cameo appearance as Major Seth Adams in the film Alias Jesse James (1959).
  • Ward Bond died of a heart attack on 5 November 1960, in the middle of the fourth season and was replaced by John McIntire as wagon master. No explanation was ever given on the show.
  • John Ford directed an episode with John Wayne in the cast.
  • The episode, "The Elizabeth McQueeny Story," broadcast October 28, 1959, starred Bettie Davis as Elizabeth McQueeny, and served as a pilot for a series of McQueeney adventures in California.
  • Ernest Borgnine played Willy Moran in the pilot episode, broadcast September 18, 1957.
  • Episodes of this series is credited among a list of television series for being included in past public film showings at the annual Mid atlantic nostalgia convention in Aberdeen, Maryland. Cast members such as Denny Miller have made guest appearances at the festival.
  • Denny Miller played the recurring role of Duke Shannon in a total of 29 episodes.

Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino in Hamden, Connecticut on January 24, 1917[1][2] ) is a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award winning American actor. ... The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention is an annual event, offering nostalgia items for people who attend the event. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29... Denny Miller as Tongo the Ape Man, Gilligans Island Denny Miller (b. ... Denny Miller as Tongo the Ape Man, Gilligans Island Denny Miller (b. ... A function is part of an answer to a question about why some object or process occurred in a system that evolved or was designed with some goal. ...


  1. ^ "Roddenberry, Gene". The Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved on 2007-06-04.

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External links

  Results from FactBites:
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A wagon train is a long chain of wagons, each moving together and forming a line.
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When wagon trains stop for the night, the wagons all got into a circle, keeping the animals in the center.
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Wagon Train first rolled on the air on September 18, 1957 to begin an eight year run which would eventually place the TV show in the number one spot in the Nielson ratings.
Unlike other shows in the Western genre, Wagon Train attracted big name guest stars whose stories were told across the panorama of the American western expansion in the post Civil War period.
Wagon Train switched networks in 1962 and although reports of the sums for this vary, ABC paid huge amounts to bring the show under their umbrella.
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