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



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    The Colter Craven Story

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    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

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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
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    Best Wishes
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