Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Charley Shutup Story 

The wagon master encounters opposition when he calls a halt to the train due to weather. One group needs to push on due to an inheritance in California. Chris and Duke take them but Duke injures his foot forcing him to stay in a cabin.


Virgil W. Vogel


Gene L. Coon




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Dick York ... Charley Shutup
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
R.G. Armstrong ... John Muskie
Dorothy Green ... Ethel Muskie
Anita Sands Anita Sands ... Marie Muskie
John Bryant John Bryant ... Cavalry Officer
Frank Bella Frank Bella ... Ed Muskie
Tim Frawley Tim Frawley ... Talbot Muskie


The wagon train is approaching the area where the Donner party was lost. The military has warned them that the Bannock tribe is causing problems and bad weather is possible so Chris decides they should stop the wagon train until there is clear weather so they can cross the pass safely. However, one family lead by John Muskie objects because they must reach California before January 15 to claim a gold mine they are to inherit. Duke is growing close to pretty Marie Muskie. Flint refuses to take the family across alone so Chris decides he and Duke will take them. Early in the trip a wagon wheel rolls over Dukes foot injuring him. They decide to leave him at a deserted cabin nearby with plenty of food until Chris can return to pick him up. Chris and the family have a hard time with Marie dying but Chris gets them to the top of the pass. Meanwhile, Duke out for wood comes back to find a group of the Bannock stealing all his supplies. Later, he wounds a single brave in his cabin but who ... Written by Anonymous

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7 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Robinson Crusoe in the mountains
20 September 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Daniel Defoe's classic Robinson Crusoe is the basis for part of the plot of this Wagon Train episode. Dick York, the future Darren Stevens is an unlikely, but good choice to play the part of the Indian companion to Denny Miller.

John McIntire takes a group of settlers over a mountain pass so he can get to an inheritance claim on a gold mine. That's a story unto itself. But Denny Miller who goes with McIntire breaks an ankle on the trip and he's left in a mountain cabin built for stranded trappers.

It's there that a crippled Miller forms as unlikely friendship with a stranded Bannock Indian who speaks no English. He christens him Charley Shutup and the two become as unlikely a pair of friends as Crusoe and his man Friday.

With no dialog other than grunts and Indian words, Dick York does a fine job in a role as different as advertising executive Darren Stevens could be. This is a good one and an unusual one for Wagon Train.

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