Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Albert Farnsworth Story 

Arrogant British Colonel Albert Farnsworth causes an uproar in camp and puts the wagon train in danger of Indian attack, resulting in the capture of a young girl by the Cheyenne and the mortal wounding of his long time aide.

Director:

Herschel Daugherty

Writer:

Gene L. Coon
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Charles Laughton ... Colonel Albert Farnsworth
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
James Fairfax James Fairfax ... Jeremy Oakes
Terence de Marney ... Mike O'Toole
Robert Brown ... Tim O'Toole
Gina Gillespie ... Peggy O'Toole
Kathleen O'Malley ... Sharry O'Toole
Orville Sherman ... Freehan
John Kroger John Kroger ... Lieutenant
Jan Arvan Jan Arvan ... Indian Chief
Quentin Sondergaard Quentin Sondergaard ... Trooper
Neyle Morrow ... Cheyenne Indian
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When little Peggy O'Toole splatters mud on Albert Farnsworth's prized leather boots, she ignites a feud between the proud British colonel and Peggy's grandfather, the hot-headed Irishman Mike O'Toole. Jeremy Oakes, the colonel's orderly, tries to diffuse the situation, but with the colonel's proud, arrogant personality it's not long before Farnsworth has insulted others and tried the patience of Major Adams. The major orders Farnsworth to keep to himself and tasks Tim O'Toole with keeping Peggy and his father away from the colonel. But the wagon train's close quarters lead to continued confrontations involving more and more people, which threaten to spill out of control. In the meantime Cheyenne Indians approach the wagon train. The Cheyenne demand supplies in exchange for safe passage. Major Adams decides to accept the offer. Before he can close the deal Colonel Farnsworth interrupts the meeting. The colonel's rude remarks insult the Cheyenne, who declare they will take the supplies ... Written by Christopher D.

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Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Episode writer, Gene Coon, was the producer of the 'Star Trek' episode "The Alternative Factor" (Season 1, Episode 27). Robert Brown ("Tim O'Toole) portrayed that Star Trek episode protagonist, Lazarus. See more »

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The English and the Irish
19 September 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When Wagon Train was on I remember two Irish based stories. One involved a search for an informer on the wagon train who had fled to America and was traveling on the train. The second one was a more humorous one though it had some very serious moments about. That would be the Albert Farnsworth Story and it starred Charles Laughton.

Laughton plays a spit and polish English army colonel from India who is now traveling in the American west with his batman James Fairfax. Though they are in the American west now, Laughton and Fairfax observe the proprieties of their relationship from the Indian Army.

There's an Irish family, the O'Tooles, traveling with the train headed by Derrick DeMarney and you know the cultures clash. It's pretty funny at times. Later on the two find they have need of each other.

Ward Bond worked with just about every star in Hollywood at some point in his career. Just look at the list of his film credits. One of the few he hadn't worked with was Charles Laughton. He made up for it with Laughton and some others who guested on Wagon Train.

Laughton is wonderful as the stern, unbending British officer who turns out to be quite human after all.


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