Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Cathy Eckhart Story 

One murder begets a second murder while a treacherous journey awaits the wagon train. An unknown scout and Kiowa Indians threaten the pass. Now there may be a renegade and murderer in their midst which Adams must resolve before continuing.


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Vince Giffoni (teleplay & story), Sutton Roley (teleplay)




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Susan Oliver ... Cathy Eckhart
Martin Landau ... Preacher
John Larch ... Ben Harness
Vivi Janiss ... Sarah Harness
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Gregory Walcott ... Jefferson Miller
Ron Hayes ... Whitey
Brad Johnson ... Lieutenant


Ben Harness kills Cathy Eckhart's father and admits it. A trial finds Ben guilty and hanged. As they approach a pass they meet a Army patrol who warns Adams about threatening Kiowa Indians and that no trains make it through the pass. They suspect a renegade alerting the Kiowa is traveling with the trains. Adams hired Jefferson Miller to scout the pass. Adams doesn't trust Miller so he has Hawks tail him. Hawks catches Miller at a fire pit and brings him back to the train. They find Cathy Eckhart hanged and scalped on the return. Adams brings Miller, Whitey, the Preacher, and Sarah Harness, Ben's widow, to see Cathy's body. He has each person tell their story to determine who the murderer and renegade is or the train will turn around. Each person tells their story allowing new details about the first murder to surface. Cathy's father caught her and Ben as she kissed Ben. Cathy asked the preacher to have Ben stay quiet about it which he did but Sarah wanted Ben to confess the truth. It ... Written by Anonymous

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9 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Vigorous interrogation
12 July 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Wagon Train episode concerns a pair of murders, a father and daughter. Justice was done and John Larch hung for the first. But was he really guilty. Later on the daughter is found hung and scalped. Susan Oliver plays the daughter and she certainly is one flirtatious minx.

The suspect list narrows to four, Vivi Janiss who is Larch's widow, Gregory Walcott a man that Ward Bond takes on as temporary scout, Ron Hayes who has eyes for Oliver and a preacher played by Martin Landau. One of these is a murderer and possibly a renegade living with whites to give the Indians valuable intelligence, maybe they are the same person.

Ward Bond with the skill if not the style of Hercule Poirot gathers his suspects and interrogates them vigorously to get the truth. The truth might surprise you.

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