Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Zeke Thomas Story 

The wagon train stops in a newly built town to get water they had always been able to get before for free. Wanting money now, and at a steep price, has the Major upset. Sending Flint also uncovers a wife of a passenger thought dead.


John Brahm


Halsted Welles (story), Halsted Welles (teleplay)




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Gary Merrill ... Zeke Thomas
Janice Rule ... Maggie Thomas
K.T. Stevens ... Violet Thomas
Harold J. Stone ... Mayor Tucker (as Harold Stone)
Denver Pyle ... Bragg
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Frances Morris ... Mother (as Francis Morris)
Kathleen O'Malley ... WagonTrain Member
Donald Towers Donald Towers ... Boy
Jack Henderson Jack Henderson ... WagonTrain Member
Mike Steen Mike Steen ... Hunting Party Member


The wagon train comes to a location where water was available for the taking in the past. They find a new town there and a group of men extorting money for the water. When Flint and Zeke Thomas enter the town to see about water, Zeke learns his first wife he thought was dead is there. The Major decides to go for the US Marshal to determine who has the right to the water. Zeke is blackmailed by the "mayor" of the town over his first wife and Flint is left to calm Zeke's new wife who thinks Zeke suddenly has a secret. Zeke decides to pay the blackmail but his first wife refuses to divorce him. Before the Major returns, the men of the train decide to take the water and after learning his new wife is pregnant, Zeke decides his only option is to kill his first wife. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western








Release Date:

27 November 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?


When the already wounded Harold J. Stone shoots K.T. Stevens while lying in the doorway of the saloon, Robert Horton draws his gun and shoots Harold. The pistol Horton is using goes off at a waist high level shot which would have missed Harold by two or more feet. See more »

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Water and a wife
21 August 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode has the Wagon Train on its usual route expecting to fill up with water at its usual place. But a town has sprung up there with a gunslinger mayor played by Harold J. Stone and he wants some extortionate prices for HIS water. Stone runs the saloon with his mistress K.T. Stevens.

Who just happens to be the first wife of Gary Merrill who ran off and Merrill thought she was dead and now married Janice Rule. Now both Stone and Merrill would like her to get a divorce, but Stevens won't. And of course Rule isn't happy with the whole situation.

For the life of me I can't understand why Merrill didn't go to court with what evidence he had and get Stevens declared legally dead. Then again that was the plot of My Favorite Wife and you see what that cost Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.

Interesting, but not one of the better Wagon Train stories.

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