The Golden Age of Hollywood

The show chronicles the adventures of a wagon train as it makes its way from Missouri to California. There were 284 episodes in 8 seasons: the first aired on September 18, 1957.

Each week it told the story of one of the travelers on an 1870's "wagon train" making its way across the American West. This format thus combined the sweeping backdrop of an ever-changing frontier with the small, personal story of a single individual.

So popular did the show become that it attracted an impressive array of "guest stars" -- Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Leslie Nielsen, Lee Marvin, etc.

Bette Davis appeared in three episodes as different characters; as Bettina May (1961), Ella Lindstrom (1959) and Madame Elizabeth McQueeney (1959).

Barbara Stanwyck guest starred in "The Kate Crawley Story" (1964).
I'm one big fan of this TV series.

I appreciated all the famous guest stars this series seemed to attract.

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Comment by M.T. Fisher on January 18, 2018 at 7:18pm

Alas, I haven't watched an episode in years.  Why, I don't know, as I enjoyed it whenever I did.  I got all the Columbia House VHS tapes, and need to watch them again.  

My favorite story about the show was when Lou Costello appeared on the show.  He played a kind-hearted man who was unjustly appeared of murder.  When they were shooting his close-up, Costello was on the mark, his lines something along the line of, "But you can't think I'd do anything like that," et al.  He was doing fine, when it was obvious Costello had all of sudden forgotten his lines.  He was going "er, um," and all of a sudden, he blurted out, "How ya doin, Ward," cracking everyone up.

Comment by Ktrek on January 18, 2018 at 2:47pm

I honestly haven't watched this series since I was young. I see it's on MeTV or GetTv or Grit or something but just have not taken the time to watch it. One of our members, Mickey Fisher, may have more to offer as he is a huge Western fan. I'm only moderately so.

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