Ruttledge Munroe joins the wagon train on the trail. It’s noticed right off his odd sense of humor but when he saves the major’s life, it is forgotten until he kills someone else and the real reason he joined up is revealed.
Director: Richard Bartlett
Writers: Norman Jolley (teleplay), Norman Jolley (story)
Stars: Ward Bond, Robert Horton, John Drew Barrymore | See full cast & crew.
Wagon Train The Ruttledge Monroe Story, Wagon Train followed the trials and tribulations of pioneering families as they set out from the East to carve out a new life in the West soon after the American Civil War.
Wagon Train is an American Western series that aired on the NBC television network (1957-1962) and then on ABC (1962-1965). Wagon Train first aired on 18 September 1957, and would eventually place the TV show in the number one spot in the Nielsen ratings. The series format attracted big-name guest stars who would appear in major roles as travelers in the large wagon train or in the settlements they passed by or visited. It initially starred supporting film actor Ward Bond as the wagon master (later replaced upon his death in 1960 by John McIntire) and Robert Horton as the scout (subsequently replaced by Scott Miller and Robert Fuller).
Robert Horton and Ward Bond.
The series was inspired by the 1950 film Wagon Master directed by John Ford and starring Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr., and Ward Bond. Major Seth Adams and his scout Flint McCullough embark on several adventures as they navigate the Wild West on a wagon train.