Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Countess Baranof Story 

Countess Baranof is desperate to get to Alaska to claim her family fortune, and with no horses she applies her considerable charms on Flint. But she's not the one Flint should worry about, as her bodyguard has a more sinister agenda.


Ted Post


Norman Jolley (teleplay), Lee Karson (story)




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Taina Elg ... Countess Baranof
Ann B. Davis ... Mrs. Foster
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Simon Oakland ... Col. Vasily
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Alex Foster
Ethel Shutta Ethel Shutta ... Mrs. Foster's Friend
Roy Engel ... Marshal


Flint discovers a carriage overturned and stops a man whipping an Indian. Countess Baranof is traveling to Alaska with her bodyguard Col. Vasily a Cossock trained in the Russian concept of nobles being above other classes. The Countess is less bothered by the American idea of equality than the Colonel as she takes a quick interest in Flint. Flint releases the Indian taking the Countess and Colonel to the train as their horses and carriage are gone. The Countess tries to use her romantic influence with Flint to obtain a wagon and horses but when it fails she is able to convince Alex Foster to help as he wants to leave his wife. Flint tries to dissuade the Countess from going but the Colonel forces her to go as he is part of a revolutionary group in Russia who wants to takes the family fortune of the Countess. When Mrs. Foster says she was stabbed by the Countess, Flint goes after her to take her to jail. He catches the group where Mr. Foster has learned he was used and in danger from ... Written by Anonymous

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11 May 1960 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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A rare appearance of Alice the housekeeper herself. Miss Ann B. Davis of The Brady Bunch fame as Mrs. Foster. See more »

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Seward's Ice Box
4 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Robert Horton picks up a couple of strays on the prarie, Russian countess Taina Elg and her not so faithful bodyguard as it turns out cossack Simon Oakland. She's having to get to Alaska really badly having to do with claiming her property before an impending sale of the place from Russia to America.

Ward Bond is kind of funny in this as he swears that Secretary of State of ours William Seward ought to have his head examined for buying that place. He assures the Senate will put a stop to it just like it did with Seward's ambition for the Danish West Indies.

In any event Elg is not above using those considerable feminine charms on the male of the species to get what she wants be it on Flint McCullough or poor pilgrim Peter Leeds who falls hard for her.

This episode affords one the chance to see Ann B. Davis playing someone other than Alice the housekeeper on the Brady Bunch or Schultzy on the Bob Cummings Show. She's really up against it trying to win her man back from Elg.

As for Oakland he has a most sinister agenda all his own and he's a nasty customer. If you know anything of Russian history his character does not ring true, but why let that get in the way of a good story.

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