Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Jenna Douglas Story 

Jenna Douglas is found by scouts for the wagon train. She appears to have been a victim of a scavenger attack and is adopted by the train. As time goes on people on the train begin to have doubts about her story and her mental state.


Virgil W. Vogel


John McGreevey (teleplay), Peggy O'Shea (story) (as Peggy Shaw) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Carolyn Jones ... Jenna Douglas
John Lupton ... Dr. David Miller
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Jena Engstrom ... Sue Thompson
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Andy Green (as Henry Brandt)
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... Ed Linders
Juney Ellis Juney Ellis ... Mrs. Diggs (as June Ellis)
Robert Burton ... Pete Thompson


Chris and Duke along with Ed Linders are out looking for scavengers when they spot Jenna Douglas by herself. Linders notices a strait jacket nearby but doesn't mention it to the others. They take Jenna back to the train where she is attended to by Dr. David Miller. He has above average skills as he trained for years in Europe with several doctors who were trying new methods with mental patients. Jenna is a widow who husband was in the Civil War but has panic attacks especially related to fires. After she rebuffs a pass by Linders, he reveals the strait jacket which indicates she escaped from a mental hospital. It causes most of the members of the train to shy away from her but Dr. Miller who she is riding with tells her he can help her if she will cooperate. Slowly she opens up to him eventually revealing the truth about her and her husband but at the same time she becomes involved with the doctor. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

1 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second of three appearances by Carolyn Jones in the series. This episode features her as a mentally disturbed survivor of an attack, almost a dress rehearsal for her most famous role in the Addams Family. See more »

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That newfangled psychiatry
5 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Wagon Train story has John McIntire and others finding Carolyn Jones wandering on the plains. What they don't see as that she recently freed herself from a straitjacket and she had been in a mental institution.

The folks on the Wagon Train find out soon enough about Jones's mental condition. But fortunately traveling west on the Wagon Train is Doctor John Lupton who has been in Europe recently and has studied with some experts there in this newfangled science called psyschiatry.

Just like Ingrid Bergman drew the truth out of Gregory Peck in Spellbound, Lupton gets Jones to unravel her psyche and we get to the root causes of her problems. Still she has some hurdles to overcome, most especially a patient dependent relationship with Lupton.

Nice performances from Jones and Lupton in this story.

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