Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Frank Carter Story 

Duke's resemblance to gambler Jason Carter makes him the target for a murderer's bullet when he visits Jason Carter's hometown looking for supplies. Jason has been missing for five years and only one man knows the truth about him.


Virgil W. Vogel


Steven Ritch




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale (credit only)
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Albert Salmi ... Frank Carter
Gloria Talbott ... Martha Chambers
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Edward Platt ... Cyrus Bolton
Norman Leavitt ... Joe Casper
Jeanne Bates ... Mrs. Casper
William Fawcett ... Tapper
Frances Reid ... Mary Carter


Duke rides onto the Casper farm looking for water where Mrs. Casper greets him by calling him Jason. While Duke waters his horse, Mrs. Casper tells her husband Joe that Jason Carter is back. Joe saddles a horse to ride over to the Carter farm to tell them. He tells Frank Carter Jason is back. Frank is a step-brother to Jason and step-son of Mary Carter who owns the Carter farm. Meanwhile, Duke rides into the local town where people stare at him. Cyrus Bolton seeing him from his office window, goes outside and tells Duke to come into his office - at gunpoint. Once inside, Duke pulls his gun but Cyrus tells him he just wanted him off the street. Duke is a slighter older version of Jason Carter who everyone believes ran off but only Cyrus knows he is dead after stealing money from Cyrus. His disappearance caused Mary Carter to freeze time believing Jason will be back any moment. Cyrus wants to use Duke to awaken her from her frozen view of time but someone else takes a shot at Duke and ... Written by Anonymous

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23 May 1962 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mary Carters' ranch house in "The Frank Carter Story" (1962) was the same house lived in by Slim Sherman, Daisy Cooper, Mike Williams and Jess Harper in the series "Laramie". See more »


When Duke leaves the Carter ranch to return to the wagon train he is dressed in Jason Carters' old black suit. As he approaches the wagon train he is, once again, dressed in clothes similar to what he normally wares. Those clothes, however, are not the same clothes he wore when he first rode into the town of Clayton from the wagon train. See more »

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The Masquerade
9 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the few times in the run of the series, maybe this is the only time that Denny Miller carries an episode with none of the other regulars in it. In this story Duke Shannon arriving four days in town ahead of the Wagon Train is looking for merchants willing to sell.

But when he arrives in the town folks there think he's the favored son of Frances Reid a local widow with a ranch. This kid was a wild and reckless one who ran off after doing a little stealing. Only lawyer Edward Platt knows that Duke's doppleganger was killed later in a bordertown shootout.

Everyone else thinks the man is still alive including Albert Salmi the hard working other son and Gloria Talbott saloon girl who was keeping company with the deceased.

Edward Platt asks Denny Miller to keep up the masquerade. But some things are revealed that will change several lives forever.

This so reminds me of the late crooner Russ Columbo who was killed in 1934 and for 10 years the family kept up the illusion for his mother that he was still alive until the mother died in 1944. z

Hard to believe that mom couldn't recognize her own son though.

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