Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Hiram Winthrop Story 

Duke quits the wagon train to take up a steady position as Deputy Indian Agent at San Marcos on an Apache reservation under Hiram Winthrope. Hiram is an Easterner with ideas of teaching the nomadic Apache to become farmers.


Virgil W. Vogel


Peter Germano




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Eduard Franz ... Hiram Winthrop
Aline Towne ... Meg
Ron Soble ... Chief Two Arrows
Barbara Wooddell Barbara Wooddell ... Jessica
Claudia Bryar ... Mary Carter
Frank Gerstle ... Frank Carter
Art Lund ... Lair Riatt


Chris has picked Duke to escort Hiram Winthrop and his wife to San Marcos where he is taking over as the new Indian Agent for the Apache reservation. He has offered Duke a job as his Deputy Indian Agent given Duke's experience. Hiram is an Easterner with his own ideas of how the Apache should be treated. Duke accepts the job and tells Chris he will not be returning to the train as he wants a steady job where he can put down roots. Chris grudgingly accepts his resignation but Bill tries to warn Duke about Hiram which Duke does not take kindly to. After they reach San Marcos, Hiram and Duke learn the Army has abandoned the local fort, the main rancher Riatt hates the Apache, and the Apache are starving as they have not received the beef that was bought for them from Riatt. Hiram's ideas on the Apache becoming farmers are rebuffed by the Apache Chief Two Arrows. Duke and Hiram find themselves in the middle of a budding Indian War. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western








Release Date:

6 June 1962 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Like a hawk in the sky
1 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Denny Miller takes center stage in this Wagon Train episode where he decides to leave the Train and go to work for new Indian agent Eduard Franz. Franz is a Boston Brahmin who has moved west to manage an Indian reservation and it's clear he's a bit of a fathead.

Franz has a real problem on his hand as his people are starving because the promised beef has not been delivered to him. That's getting Chief Ron Soble good and mad and he and his warriors are ready to take matters into their own hands.

Sad to say that many of the people the Department of the Interior sent out as Indian agents were just political hacks. Rare you found one that had a modicum of compassion for their wards as even Franz has. He's just a victim of rigid thinking.

Of course Miller went back to the Wagon Train and stayed there for two more seasons.

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