"Wagon Train"- The Colter Craven Story (1960) (TV)

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    • "Wagon Train"- The Colter Craven Story (1960) (TV)



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      The Colter Craven Story


      Plot Summary
      Major Adams, comes across Dr. Colter Craven, and his wife,
      by their broken wagon,and invites them, to join his train.
      Although the Doctor, aids an injured boy, when it comes to perform
      a life and death operation, he refuses.
      Distraught after what he had seen in the Civil War,
      he was now an alcoholic.
      This prompts Seth Adams, to recount the story of his old friend Sam,
      who overcame a drinking problem,
      to become President Ulysses S. Grant
      Summary by ethanedwards

      Series Cast- Regular cast members.
      Ward Bond .... Major Seth Adams
      Robert Horton .... Flint McCullough
      Terry Wilson .... Bill Hawks
      Frank McGrath .... Charlie Wooster

      Episode Cast
      Paul Birch .... Gen. Ulysses S. 'Sam' Grant
      Willis Bouchey .... Mr. Grant
      John Carradine .... Park Cleatus
      Ken Curtis .... Kyle
      Richard H. Cutting .... Col. Lollier
      Annelle Hayes .... Mrs. Grant
      Chuck Hayward
      Anna Lee .... Mrs. Craven
      Cliff Lyons .... Creel
      Mae Marsh .... Mrs. Jesse Grant
      Jack Pennick .... Drill Sergeant
      Chuck Roberson .... Junior
      Dennis Rush .... Jamie
      Charles Seel .... Mort
      John Wayne .... General William Tecumseh Sherman (as Michael Morris)
      Hank Worden .... Shelley
      Carleton Young .... Colter Craven

      Writing Credits
      Tony Paulson (writer)

      Episode Crew
      Howard Christie .... producer

      Original Music
      Stanley Wilson

      Benjamin H. Kline

      Dean Smith .... stunts
      Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
      Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
      Gary Combs .... stunt double: Robert Horton (uncredited)
      John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
      Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
      Evelyn Finley .... stunts (uncredited)
      Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
      Carol Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
      Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
      Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
      George Orrison .... stunts (uncredited)
      Rusty Richards .... stunts (uncredited)
      Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
      Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
      Jesse Wayne .... stunts (1960-1965) (uncredited)
      Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
      Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)

      Other crew
      Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
      George Fredrick .... assistant editor
      Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor
      Steven Spielberg .... assistant editor (uncredited)

      This episode marked the first time that John Wayne played General Sherman.
      He would play him again in the Civil War sequence in MGM's Cinerama spectacular How the West Was Won (1962).

      Filming Locations
      Revue Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Stage 19, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • "Wagon Train"- The Colter Craven Story (1960) (TV)

      The Colter Craven Story was Episode #4.9.
      and was aired on November 23rd. 1960.
      and was part of the hugely successful WAGON TRAIN TV series.
      Starring Ward Bond, who really controlled the whole series.

      Directed By John Ford, this episode had
      Carleton Young, as Colter Craven,
      Anna Lee, Ken Curtis, Cliff Lyons,Jack Pennick,
      John Carradine, Hank Worden, Chuck Roberson
      and Duke as Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman.
      Duke was credited as Michael Morris!!!

      Shown in shadow is John Wayne as General Sherman

      The Colter Craven Story remains unique, because it was directed by a legendary
      John Ford as a testament to his friendship, with Duke and Ward.
      According to Ford, he was unaware of Duke's appearance.
      In fact Dukes's appearance is all of a few seconds, and he is almost
      indistinguishable, in the dark shadows, of nightfall.

      Note who's an uncredited, Ass. Editor...Steven Spielberg!!

      Here is a link to, a great site,
      with brilliant photos and film synopsis,


      User Review

      Ward Bond Hosts His Friends
      1 August 2006 | by bkoganbing (Buffalo, New York)

      bko wrote:

      The week that Ward Bond died TV Guide was to feature an article about this Wagon Train episode. Bond got his mentor John Ford to direct this episode of Wagon Train which concerned an alcoholic doctor played by Carleton Young traveling on the Wagon Train.

      This must have been a proud day for Bond. John Wayne, John Ford, and Ward Bond had been like the three musketeers ever since Ford spotted both these guys working as prop men and gave them their start in films.
      For Bond however he was the odd man out. Either he and Wayne worked on a Ford film together or they worked on a film with another director, but with Wayne the star and Bond one of the supporting cast.
      But due to Wagon Train, Bond was now THE STAR and Wayne and Ford worked for him. Wayne has an unbilled unseen cameo as General William T. Sherman during a flashback sequence during the Civil War. I still remember you see Wayne in silhouette in the background, but his voice is unmistakable.
      Wayne is billed under his real name of Marion Michael Morrison in the cast and the cast of the episode itself reads like a John Ford movie.
      It would have been one of the best received Wagon Train episodes in any event, but Bond's death made it a classic.
      I wish I had saved that TV Guide with the rollicking story about Ford and Wayne working for Bond on the Wagon Train set and the heartfelt obituary for Bond in the same issue. In the obituary it was explained that they wanted to run the cover story as well as the obituary side by side, such was the place that Ward Bond as Major Seth Adams had in the affections of the American public.
      For continuity, all discussion
      please post here:-
      Duke's Movies- "Wagon Train-The Colter Craven Story

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Hi

      The episode of the Wagon Train Colter Craven Story is very good even if you forget that John Wayne is in it, In the brief final sequence he is heard but not seen.
      The story line is good carried out with a fine cast which includes Carlton Young and John Carradine.

      I think its worth watching.

      The copy I have of Rookie of the year is not of the best quality, but again it is a watchable film with John Wayne playing the investigating reporter on the trail of a hot story.


      Walk Tall - Talk Low
    • Hi,
      Now that the topic is open, I have copied, Arthurs reply across to here.
      Originally posted by arthurarnell@Feb 3 2006, 07:14 AM

      The episode of the Wagon Train Colter Craven Story is very good even if you forget that John Wayne is in it, In the brief final sequence he is heard but not seen.
      The story line is good carried out with a fine cast which includes Carlton Young and John Carradine.

      I think its worth watching.

      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Hi,

      For anyone interested in this episode, below is a link,
      to a great site, with some good photos and film synopsis,

      Scroll, down for some great shots,

      Including Duke's appearence, Ward Bond,
      John Ford, Hank Worden and others,

      Shown in shadow is John Wayne as General

      The Colter Craven Story
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: " Wagon Train"- The Colter Craven Story (1960)

      Recently bought the box set of Wagon Train colour episodes which also has sixteen 'best of' monochrome shows. Sadly the Colter Craven Story isn't there. Some of the episodes look pretty corny now and there's a huge discrepancy between the usually excellent location shots, cutting to some very obvious studio 'exteriors'.
      They're well-written though and the early Ward Bond episodes are to my mind the best.
    • Re: " Wagon Train"- The Colter Craven Story (1960)


      Although it's very wrong to say it Wagon Train in my case was the best thing in the world for bringing on sleep. Every Monday night I would stay up to watch it, fall asleep just after the opening credits and wake up as the final credits were played -it never failed.


      Walk Tall - Talk Low
    • Re: " Wagon Train"- The Colter Craven Story (1960)

      We didn't have TV when this started here in the UK, but every Sunday evening I went to a neighbour's house to watch it, as religiously as going to Chapel in the morning and Sunday School in the afternoon.

      Ward Bond was a great actor and was in some great films, but I think this enhanced his status greatly. I don't recall this one, but it was a long time ago. As much a TV Classic as Rawhide.

      I thknk the reason some of these 'old-timers' look so corny is that we have become used to a higher standard of production, and costs; advancements in technology have transformed things greatly.

      It's a bit like the early days of Rock'N'Roll and Sun and Cadence record labels.

    • TV-"Wagon Train"- The Colter Craven Story (1960)

      I dont recall seeing this discussed here before but and I found this out by chance yesterday while watching The Colter Craven Story on youtube or some place like that? that the John Ford TV shows he directed are coming out on DvD.

      Oh and, I saw some weeks ago, that you cna now FINALLY get the Ford movie: Prisoner of Shark Island-on DvD-when you could only get it as part of that very expensive Ford boxed set that came out about 4 or so years ago.

      If these both have been discussed before? sorry mods ;-))
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    • Re: John Ford TV shows coming or is now on DvD.

      Ringo, I believe this may be what you sure talking about. If I remember right, I believe that "The Colter Craven Story" episode occurred during season four of Wagon Train, so it should be part of this box set.

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