Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Tom O'Neal Story 

Tom O'Neal and Ellen Howard want to get married, but their parents object, so Tom takes money from his father's savings and runs away with Ellen. They soon realize that that was an unwise decision.


Virgil W. Vogel (as Virgil Vogel)


John Kneubuhl




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Peter Helm ... Tom O'Neal
Les Tremayne ... Dr. Howard
Myron Healey ... Mr. O'Neal
Aline Towne ... Mrs. O'Neal
Jerry Hausner ... Jenkins
Barbara Pepper ... Polly
I. Stanford Jolley ... Tolliver
Brenda Scott ... Ellen Howard


Youngsters Tom O'Neal and Ellen Howard are in love on the wagon train and each has a desire to be married. Both have parents that have their own problems which has affected the kids. Ellen's mother died when she was 10 and her father, Dr. Howard, has replaced his wife with Ellen. Tom's parents did marry at a young age but the marriage has been mostly bickering between the two of them in an unhappy marriage. While riding with Chris, Tom asks for his help in asking the parents for permission to marry Ellen to which Chris agrees. However, when Tom asks Dr. Howard for his daughter's hand, Dr. Howard bursts out in laughter believing the idea is absurd. The embarrassed Tom runs away and Ellen goes to her wagon to cry. Both sets of parents feel the two kids are too young and Dr. Howard does apologize to Tom. Tom and Ellen decide to elope at a town a bit over a day's ride from the wagon train. Tom steals some money from his parents which upsets Ellen and the pair soon find themselves in the ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western








Release Date:

24 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Young people in love
15 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The title role of this Wagon Train episode is played by young Peter Helm and he's head over heels for Brenda Scott, daughter of Dr. Les Tremayne. Helm is the son of farmer Myron Healey and wife Aline Towne. When Helm does the proper thing for the 19th century and asks for Scott's hand in marriage, he laughs at him. That starts a chain of events that leads to the two of them running away and Helm helping himself to a bit of the money saved by Healey to settle in California.

As he personally takes charge in looking for the two young lovers John McIntire is getting really fed up with both fathers. Each in a different way is projecting his own different sources of unhappiness into the relationship of the kids, Tremayne more than Healey.

Helm and Scott don't find it so easy out in the cold cruel world either away from the nest. The scene in Barbara Pepper's saloon is enough to frighten these two relative innocents.

Those Montague and Capulet kids didn't find it as rough as these two did in many respects. Nice guest ensemble put together for this episode.

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