Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Julie Gage Story 

A head strong Julie Gage is determined to ride her wagon to California. Losing her pa to fever, many suitors step up to help but she'll have none of it until one comes down with fever himself and she's the only one who will tend to him.


Sidney Lanfield


Kermit Shelby (story), Aaron Spelling (teleplay)




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Anne Jeffreys ... Julie Gage
Robert Sterling ... Tobe Cannon
James Komack ... Buck Pierce (as Jimmy Komack)
Don Megowan ... Jess Winn
Esther Dale ... Grandma Birch
Malcolm Atterbury ... Mr. Bixby
Ellen Atterbury Ellen Atterbury ... Mrs. Bixby (as Ellen Hardies)
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Irene Windust Irene Windust ... Emily Hawks
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... Mr. Hedson (as Ronald Foster)


Julie Gage's father becomes ill with a fatal fever. The fever has everyone scared but the Major and Tobe Cannon take care of laying out her father. Julie is quite attractive and now alone so the Major with urging from others starts pairing Julie with single men to help her drive the wagon and take care of the maintenance on it. Julie is not interested in them for work or otherwise but when Tobe is convinced to help she accepts it. Tobe comes down with the fever and Julie with some help from the Major is left alone to tend to him for several days. When the women start taking issue with the arrangement, Julie has the Major "half marry" her to Tobe. When Tobe recovers, he is still not interested in the other "hal" of the marriage, yet. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western








Release Date:

18 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Revue Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Major Adams is on crutches in this story for a reason. Ward Bond had been in a car accident during the filming of the Clara Beauchamp Story. You'll notice the Major does a lot of voiceover during this episode. See more »

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7 October 2017 | by starmmjaidSee all my reviews

Full disclosure: Robert Sterling is my cousin. That said, I find the episode above average if not perfect. The story is, as others have said, somewhat familiar with the "half marriage" angle. Whether it works out is the basic plot premise.

The casting was excellent, since Bob and Anne, married in real life (and contrary to most Hollywood couplings, stayed married for the duration) have a real chemistry. Those who saw "Topper" know the charm they exude.

One of my concerns, not leveled at this episode alone, is that Anne's makeup looked more suited to a night club act than for a woman supposedly traveling west by wagon train.

The acting is fine all around. Ward Bond always gives a quality performance and Bob and Anne make ordinary roles into much better than expected ones. All this, plus they are both easy on the eyes.

Especually since they are both now dead, Anne having died only recently at 94, it's always a pleasure for me to be able to watch them any time. As a child, I was puffed up because I had "stars" in my family, but now, as an adult, I appreciate them for their talents, and recognize them for what they accomplished. This Wagon Train episode encapsulates both their skill and their charm.

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