Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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Wagons Ho! 

While preparing to return to St. Joseph, the men read the story "Wagon Ho" written and printed by Samuel T. Evans about his trip as a naive young Irishman headed west and his experiences and adventure on the trail.


Herschel Daugherty


Jean Holloway




Episode cast overview:
Ward Bond ... Major Seth Adams
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough
Mickey Rooney ... Samuel T. Evans
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Ellen Corby ... Aunt Em
Olive Sturgess ... Melanie Evans
Henry Corden ... Black Feather


Naive young Irishman Samuel T. Evans packs the family printing press and heads west. After the greenhorn lightens his wallet at the St. Louis merchants, he joins the wagon train where he finds love and a wife in a girl named Melanie. The young couple share the adventure of life on the trial. But Sam seems to experience more than his share of the adventure. For one, Sam's horses don't take kindly to the clumsy greenhorn. And the Indians don't go easy on him, either. Even after being warned of the thieving Indians, the unfortunate greenhorn loses a valuable horse. But that's only the start of what the Indians do to Samuel T. Evans. Everything culminates when the Indians mistake Sam as the leader of the wagon train and kidnap him for ransom. But the fiery Irishman proves to be a handful even for the Indians, who gladly trade the man of the "Irish tribe" back to the wagon train. Not everything goes wrong for Sam, however. Melanie has good news for him - he's going to be a father - if only... Written by Christopher D.

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Drama | Western








Release Date:

28 September 1960 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Melanie tells Sam their baby is due in September, which means she got pregnant in January or February. However, wagon trains heading West set out in mid-April to early May and the trip took three to six months; it's a 2000 mile trip and they traveled 10-20 miles per day. It's more likely the baby would be due in March or later, and they would arrive in Sacramento between August and November. See more »

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The Further Adventures Of The Greenhorn
6 December 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In one of the few times a guest star returned in the same role he had popularized, Mickey Rooney came back as Samuel T. Evans who took Horace Greeley's advice about going west and made a mess of it and gave Ward Bond nightmares as the beginning of the episode shows. Bond's reactions are about the same as Chief Inspector Dreyfus has with Clousseau.

Rooney is married now to Olive Sturgess and traveling west with her and his aunt Ellen Corby. The newlyweds have worked hard and looks like they'll be yet another pilgrim on the Wagon Train before it reaches the Pacific coast. Rooney of course is still screwing up royally in every way possible, including getting captured by the Indians and held for ransom. Robert Horton buys his freedom for twp strings of beads.

Towards the end the episode takes a dramatic turn with some unexpected problems involving the birth of the child. Wagons Ho is still an amusing followup to the previous episode, The Greenhorn.

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