Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Mary Ellen Thomas Story 

Mary Ellen is an orphan traveling west to join family, but members of the train reject her due to her surly disposition. Her only friend is Sally Mayhew, another girl traveling west with her family dying of consumption.


Virgil W. Vogel (as Virgil Vogel)


Howard Christie (story), Gene L. Coon (teleplay) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Patty McCormack ... Mary Ellen Thomas
Jenny Hecht Jenny Hecht ... Sally Mayhew
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Claudia Bryar ... Mrs. Mayhew
Richard H. Cutting ... Ben Mayhew (as Dick Cutting)
Vernon Rich Vernon Rich ... Jenkins
Barbara Pepper ... Mrs. Maybelle Gifford
Ken Osmond ... Tommy Jenkins
Clifford Botelho Clifford Botelho ... Indian Boy
Mario Gallo ... Chief Red Cloud
Ollie O'Toole Ollie O'Toole ... Stacy Gifford (as Ollie O'Tolle)


Mary Ellen Thomas is traveling west with Jenkins and his son to live with her remaining family. Her dad, Jenkins business partner, has passed away leaving her an orphan. Because of her rough life and treatment by the Jenkins, Mary Ellen has developed a gruff attitude especially toward adults. She is frequently in trouble and causes the Major and his men grief. She has one friend on the train Sally Mayhew who is dying from consumption. Her parents are taking her to Colorado for her health but have come too late to help her. Sally is confined to her wagon and is given a mouse by Mary Ellen for companionship. As a prank she puts it in a woman's sewing bag but Mary Ellen is blamed for it. As they approach the Rockies, it becomes apparent it will be too late for Sally so the Major decides to stop the train and have an early Christmas party for Sally. Mary Ellen knowing Sally, from Louisana, wants to see snow decides to go off on her own for it without telling anyone. On the way she finds ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western








Release Date:

24 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mary Ellen Thomas Story 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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Great story
6 October 2018 | by ckanioskySee all my reviews

Go ahead be critical. That's easy Wonderful show. Very rare to see anything like this today.

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