Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Gabe Carswell Story 

Gabe Carswell wants his son to join the whites because of what he sees coming for the Indians. When his son refuses he takes him to the wagon train heading for California but the Arapaho are getting set to attack.


Earl Bellamy


John Dunkel




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
James Whitmore ... Gabe Carswell
Scott Marlowe ... Jess 'Little Elk' Carswell
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Chief Yellow Bear (as Thomas B. Henry)
Norman Willis ... Mr. Wilkes
Sondra Rodgers Sondra Rodgers ... Mrs. Wilkes
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Voorheis J. Ardoin Voorheis J. Ardoin ... 1st Brave (as Voorhies J. Ardoin)
Tharon Crigler Tharon Crigler ... Dodie Wilkes
Frank DeKova ... Running Bear (as Frank de Kova)


Flint finds Gabe Coswell and son Jess camped after they left Gabe's adopted tribe of Arapaho Indians who are starving and preparing to attack the wagon train. Gabe wants to take his son away from the Indian life. However, Jess wants to stay with his mother's tribe and hates the whites. The trio joins the wagon train but some of the members insult Jess and Gabe causing Jess to steal away and steal Flint's 15 shot Henry rifle. Gabe and Flint chase Jess and Flint makes an offer of goods for passage but the Medicine Man will only agree to Flint finding buffalo which have disappeared. Flint takes a hunting party out and with Gabe's help escapes but Jess attacks Flint leaving him to die stealing his gun again. Gabe finds and releases Flint as a buffalo herd is heard. Flint is able to prevent the Indian attack but Jess's hatred for whites puts Gabe in a conflicting situation. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western








Release Date:

15 January 1958 (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?


Scott Marlowe's name is shown without the "e" at the beginning of this show but not at the end. See more »


In the last five minutes, Little Elk's war paint disappears in the closeups. See more »


Jess 'Little Elk' Carswell: [having staked-out Flint McCullough] You know what it is?
Flint McCullough: Yeah, I know. The rawhide stretch. When the hide dries, it shrinks.
Jess 'Little Elk' Carswell: You're lucky today. The sun is hot. So it will be quick.
Flint McCullough: Why don't you kill me and be done with it?
Jess 'Little Elk' Carswell: You will suffer as you have made us suffer.
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Bring Back The Buffalo
28 September 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Wagon Train's journey west finds them in Arapahoe country where scout Robert Horton comes upon James Whitmore and his son Scott Marlowe. Whitmore plays the title role in The Gabe Carswell Story, a legendary frontier mountain man who married into the Arapahoe tribe and has lived with them almost 20 years.

But the Arapahoe have not seen the buffalo this season and the tribe is starving. That means war and Whitmore wants out. He'd like to join the train with Marlowe, but Marlowe wants nothing to do with the whites. When they join the train, some of the travelers don't give him any good reason to change his opinion.

Whitmore played frontier types before in The Last Frontier and would essay another part like Gabe Carswell in Chuka. He fits into the role quite nicely. Thomas Browne Henry plays the Arapahoe chief and Frank DeKova plays the warlike medicine man, a far cry from Chief Wild Eagle of the Hekawis.

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