Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Stagecoach Story 

The men are returning to St. Louis by stagecoach except for Flint - until he becomes the driver to help a friend. They are forced to take a detour to Mexico by other passengers - one of whom denies knowing Flint who is in love with her.


William Witney


Jean Holloway




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Debra Paget ... Angela DeVarga
Clu Gulager ... Caleb Jamison
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Abraham Sofaer ... Antonio DeVargo
Tom Hernández Tom Hernández ... Man on stagecoach (as Tom Hernandez)
Lalo Rios Lalo Rios ... Juan
Henry Darrow ... Benito DeVarga (as Henry Delgado)
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Stage coach clerk
Abel Franco Abel Franco ... Mexican Border Guard


This time the Major, Hawks, and Wooster are returning to St. Louis by stagecoach from San Francisco while Flint is going by sea with Angela, a Latin dancer. When a patron tries to kiss Angela after her last dance, Flint and friend Caleb Jamison start a fight resulting in a broken arm for Caleb. Caleb was to drive the initial stage run to St. Louis to win a US Post Office Mail contract. Having previous experience as a driver, Flint agrees to drive the stage whose passengers include Adams, Hawks, Wooster, and others including a woman who appears to be Angela but she denies it. When the stage reaches New Mexico the woman and three other passengers hijack the stage. They want Flint and others to "accidently" drive the stage into Mexico to smuggle weapons to revolutionaries there. Flint and Caleb have to decide whether to help while Angela admits to Flint who she really is. Caleb is also faced with financial ruin for him and his father due to the lost contract. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western








Release Date:

30 September 1959 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Revue Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"The Stagecoach Story" is the first episode to feature the show's most familiar main musical theme, which would continue to be used for the remainder of the series' run. See more »


Angela DeVarga: Don't move, Major Adams, or you will die.
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Sojourn to Mexico
22 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When season 2 of Wagon Train began 3/4 of the Wagon Train regulars got back east because they had been shanghaied and made part of a clipper ship crew. For season 3 Ward Bond, Frank McGrath, and Terry Wilson decide to go by Clu Gulagher's stagecoach. What they don't expect is that Robert Horton will be their driver.

But that's only the first surprise on the trip. Other passengers led by the beautiful Debra Paget hijack the stagecoach and they make a side trip to Mexico using the cover of the American stagecoach to deliver arms to Porfirio Diaz.

It's all quite disconcerting to Horton who thought he might like to get something going with Paget, but she's Porfiriarista first and foremost.

When outlaws attack the coach Bill Hawks jumps on the team to steady them when the reins are lost. A stunt like what Yakima Canutt did doubling for John Wayne in Stagecoach. As Terry Wilson was a stunt man before getting acting parts I wonder if he did his own stunt there.

As for Flint McCullough he's dressed in black like Johnny Cash instead of his usual fringe buckskin outfit. My guess is that they were using some movie footage and wanted his outfit to match what they were using. No idea what film it could have been.

An interesting beginning to Season 3.

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