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||Sadly, Ward Bond died on November 5, 1960. John
McIntire assumed the job of Wagonmaster as Christopher Hale.
After five seasons of surveying the trail
ahead, Robert Horton left the show to pursue a successful career in the musical
theatre. He left the stage briefly in 1965 to be the sole star of TV's A Man
|Fresh off his success as Jess Harper in Laramie,
Robert Fuller took on the job of scout for the train. "Coop" is what they
called him, for Cooper Smith.
Heading across the trail to look for his
father, young Barnaby West, played by Michael Burns, joined the cast in late
Howard Christie produced the show for Revue Studios (the TV
production arm of Universal Studios) and Wagon Train survived many changes over
those eight years.
From the Doug Abbott
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In 1963 for one
season they tried taking the show to an hour and a half format and filming it
in color. This was to compete with the Virginian (also from Revue). But that
proved unsuccessful and the following, final year the show returned to the
original one hour length. And worse, they returned to shooting in black and
white which drove viewers away. Apparently, the studio was literally banking on
Wagon Train switched networks in 1962 and
although reports of the sums for this vary, ABC paid huge amounts to bring the
show under their umbrella.
Here is the Wagon Train schedule.
|First Telecast: 9/18/57
||NBC Wed 7:30-8:30 (9/57 - 9/62)
7:30-8:30 (9/62 - 9/63)
ABC Mon 8:30-10:00 (9/63 - 9/64)
7:30-8:30 (9/64 - 9/65)
|On the pages of this site you will find episode
guides, info on the stars and their careers, screensavers, games, video and
audio clips plus some great pics of Robert Horton and Robert Fuller as a bonus
for their many fans. Enjoy!
Denny Miller Collection
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