Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Hollister John Garrison Story 

Bitter alcoholic Stevenson Drake develops a dislike for the even tempered John Hollister, a fellow Southerner, when he learns he didn't fight for the Confederacy. He also is bothered by the friendliness between his wife and Hollister.it.


Sydney Pollack


Gene L. Coon




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Charles Drake ... Hollister John Garrison
Gary Cockrell ... Stevenson Drake
Evans Evans Evans Evans ... Melody Drake
Peter Whitney ... Kempton


Virginian Hollister John Garrison with the wagon train by himself often contemplates the recent war and the impact it has had and the feelings it has left people with. An example is on the train in the form of Stevenson Drake and his wife Melody. Stevenson has become an alcoholic because of the need for alcohol to counter the pain in his head that started after a Union soldier hit him in the head at a POW camp. Hollister tries to help him with Melody who is thankful for the help. Chris seeing Hollister helping asks him to join the crew for dinner. Hollister agrees and brings some 18 year old moonshine to the dinner. After the dinner wagon train member Kempton joins them for a drink. Kempton from Tennessee lost a leg fighting for the north at Antietam but had two brothers killed fighting for the south. Everyone assumed Hollister fought for the south but he reveals he did not. When Hollister and Melody keep meeting via accident, Stevenson becomes jealous and after a while remembers who ... Written by Anonymous

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6 February 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A different emphasis
13 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Some real talent behind the camera went into this Wagon Train episode, Gene L. Coon who wrote for Star Trek did the script and future Oscar winning director Sydney Pollack was at the helm of this Wagon Train story. Another one of those Wagon Train episodes I remember well from my youth.

The Civil War is about to begin all over again with unreconstructed rebel Gary Cockrell and his wife Evan Evans traveling with another southern gentleman on the Train. Charles Drake is hiding a dark secret from the rest on the Wagon Train, he was from Virginia but he did not fight for the South or North. In their eyes it was worse. Drake went north and edited an abolitionist newspaper. Which makes him the lowest kind of human being around because Cockrell lost his family and his plantation burned down during an abolitionist inspired slave revolt.

If this were made today Drake would be a hero. In this story his views are tempered by the fact of the terrible carnage of the years 1861-1865 which he feels he had a part in starting. Drake just carries a burden of sadness in his performance for all to see.

Peter Whitney is also on the Chris Hale Wagon Train, he plays a surviving member of a divided family. Whitney fought for the Union and his two brothers died for the Confederacy. He's not happy with either Cockrell or Drake.

It wouldn't be the same episode today, but it's still a well acted one.

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