Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The George B. Hanrahan Story 

An ousted Ute medicine man rescued by Duke who knows Chris predicts the future of wagon train passengers but he tries to withhold the deadly fortune of the man who takes him in but is a shyster himself.


Virgil W. Vogel


Gene L. Coon




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Lee Tracy ... George B. Hanrahan
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Frank DeKova ... Running Bear (as Frank de Kova)
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Harry Carey Jr. ... Tim Hogan
Brett King Brett King ... Haynes
Nora Marlowe Nora Marlowe ... The Woman
Douglas Jones Douglas Jones ... Charley Haynes
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Burton


Duke Shannon comes across the Ute medicine man Running Bear who was staked out to die by his tribe. He knows Chris and asks to be taken to the wagon train. Chris is willing to let him travel with the train. He knows that the Utes have a custom of killing their medicine men when they let more than five people die. George B. Hanrahan who is an old political shyster from back east decides to take Running Bear in with him and his nephew Tim Hogan who went to prison for George and is bossed around by George under threat of being taken out of his will. When George learns Running Bear can tell fortunes with a set of bones, he has Running Bear entertain people with them. However, when Running Bear tosses the bones for George, he refuses to tell what they say. Eventually he informs George they say he will die in five days. After that George becomes increasingly nervous and drives Running Bear away thinking he is trying to kill him. When all the facts come out the crew and even Chris have no ... Written by Anonymous

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7 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Lee Tracy and Frank DeKova play a couple of fakers in this Wagon Train story. Tracy is a ward politician from Boston traveling west because things got a bit hot for him there. He's traveling with his nephew Harry Carey, Jr. who is something of an oaf. Carey actually took a rap for Tracy and did a year in the joint for some political shennanigans.

DeKova is a Ute Indian medicine man who Denny Miller finds staked out and frees. The Utes have a rather interesting way of avoiding malpractice, the medicine man loses too many patients and he's killed. Since he knows John McIntire he seeks refuge with the Wagon Train until they're out of Ute Territory.

At first these two old rogues Tracy and DeKova really hit it off. But then DeKova does his fortune telling shtick for the pilgrims and when he reads Tracy's fortune he sees he sees death within five days.

All I can say is after that, strange things are happening. This Wagon Train gets a bit gothic after that.

And entertaining as well we standout performances by Lee Tracy and Frank DeKova.

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28 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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