Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Vivian Carter Story 

Getting set to leave the wagon train, Vivian Carter finds out a friend she knows from the train hoped for more than that. Heading to a new life and her first marriage, she's given some options and even at her age has its surprises.


Joseph Pevney


Kathleen Hite (teleplay), Peggy O'Shea (teleplay & story) (as Peggy Shaw) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Phyllis Thaxter ... Vivian Carter
Patric Knowles ... Bert Johnson
Lorne Greene ... Christopher Webb
Mari Aldon ... Freda Johnson
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Anderson
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks


Vivian Carter is given a send off by the wagon train as she leaves for Branton City to marry Bert Johnson she met in Boston. She spent most of her life taking care of her dad and has never married but the people on the train treat her as a young bride including an impromptu bridal shower. She is well educated, likes to read, and is well off financially. People on the train like her with especial attention from Christopher Webb. Before she leaves, he tells her he loves her and wants to marry her. Flint drives her to Branton City where they find Bert. Flint is intrigued by a beautiful blonde named Freda with whom he leaves returning with Freda drunk. When the four meet, Freda becomes irate and reveals she is married to Bert who wants Vivian's wealth. After fighting with Bert, Flint leaves to find Vivian who left town. He takes her to the train where it is apparent to everyone Vivian did not get married putting her in an embarrassing situation. People on the train try to console her. ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

11 March 1959 (USA) See more »

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Revue Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Vivian Carter: Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be. The last of life for which the first was made. partial quote from poem by Robert Browning.
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The wisdom of Robert Browning
4 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Phyllis Thaxter plays the title role in this Wagon Train episode. Her character is an unmarried thirty something woman who gave up her youth and a whole lot of beaus to take care of her father. But he left her a lot of dollars and he was a gambler by trade. She's going west to marry another charming gambler type Patric Knowles. But he's a cad and worst than that, he's already married to saloon entertainer Mari Aldon.

It was pretty humiliating after leaving the Wagon Train to get married to come back humiliated as she was. Thaxter gives a fine performance of a woman who wasted her youth. But she learns she has a lot more to give.

Two other performances worthy of note. Jane Darwell plays a pioneer widow who has seen and heard it all and she's a person who gives some wise counsel. Also Lorne Greene before he became Ben Cartwright and his hair turned gray plays another and far more substantial man much interested in Thaxter.

A lot of her romantic ideas come from Robert Browning. In the end she finds some satisfying verse from Mr. Browning that address her feelings of the moment.

And you get a chance to see Robert Horton deck Patric Knowles. Believe me he deserved it twice.

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