Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Melanie Craig Story 

Everyone wants to help pretty Melanie Craig after her husband is killed in an accident so four men fight over who will be the one to court and marry her. Also, Rudd Basham, father of three boys, uses the wrong ideas about women to win her.


Joseph Pevney


John McGreevey


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Fuller ... Cooper Smith
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Jim Davis ... Rudd Basham
Myrna Fahey ... Melanie Craig
Michael Burns ... Barnaby West
Tony Young ... Quent Loomis
Scott Lane Scott Lane ... Luke Basham
Billy E. Hughes Billy E. Hughes ... Mark Basham (as Billy Hughes)
Bobby Diamond ... Matt Basham (as Bob Diamond)
Roger Torrey ... G.W. (Sonny) Wilks
Marjorie Bennett ... Maud Wilks
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Mrs. Lowell


After Melanie Craig's husband Joe is killed in a wagon accident, the staff of the wagon train and some of the widow women decide they must help her in her time of mourning only to find that she has taken care of herself better than they could. She has joined the Endicott family to look after the two daughters and the ailing mother. Secondly, she is not in mourning but enjoying life as she feels her husband Joe would want her to. Given that Melanie is also very beautiful and pleasant to be with she suddenly finds herself the target of four young single men including Duke who want to court and marry her. Their fights over her cause continued disruption on the wagon train. When Rudd Basham's son Matt teases Charlotte Endicott with a horned toad, Melanie intercedes taking Matt to Rudd for punishment. Rudd lets his boys roam freely with views on women that has them subservient to men which causes Melanie to be disgusted with him. However, his other charms come through as Melanie slowly ... Written by Anonymous

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17 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Quent is seen and heard playing a Harmony Stella tenor guitar, manufactured between 1951 and 1962. Tenor guitars were unknown before the late 1920's. See more »

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Everyone has Myrna's interests at heart
8 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Beautiful widow Myrna Fahey who lost her husband in an accident on the trail has no shortage of people looking to help her among the men and the women of Chris Hale's Wagon Train. This particular Wagon Train story had the accent firmly on comedy.

Leading the pack of suitors is widower Jim Davis who has a trio of rowdy boys to raise. He does it rather effortlessly as the rest really stumble over their stupid selves. That actually includes Wagon Train regular Denny Miller who has assigned himself her special protector. The others are gambler Tony Young, school teacher John Craig, and mama's boy Roger Torrey.

Torrey's mama is Marjorie Bennett who with her friend Amzie Strickland are Fahey's self appointed advisors among her own sex.

Myrna Fahey was one of the most beautiful women ever on the big screen and small and had she come along during the era of the big studio system she would have been a major star. She died sadly too young at the age of 40. She seems oblivious to all but Davis. In fact while the other four are making fools of themselves they don't even notice Jim Davis is winning the race by a mile.

You have to ask would all this attention have been paid to say Phyllis Diller?

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