The Virginian

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 9 : Ep 24

    Jump-Up

    Aired 3/24/71

  • S 9 : Ep 23

    Wolf Track

    Aired 3/17/71

  • S 9 : Ep 22

    The Town Killer

    Aired 3/10/71

  • S 9 : Ep 21

    The Regimental Line

    Aired 3/3/71

  • S 9 : Ep 20

    Tate, Ramrod

    Aired 2/24/71

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tim Matheson

    Jim Horn

  • Jeanette Nolan

    Holly Grainger

  • L.Q. Jones

    Andy Belden

  • Clu Gulager

    Deputy Sheriff Emmett Ryker

  • John McIntire

    Clay Grainger

  • show Description
  • This is a long-lived series which was almost unique for its time in that it was filmed in color and that each episode had a running time of one and one-half hours (ca. 74 minutes if you exclude commercials). As was the case with many other series of the time, it had a large, ensemble cast and in some episodes only a single star or some of the stars would appear. Even when all the stars might appear, often the appearances could be mere cameos. Based on Owen Wister's 1902 novel, which has been filmed several times previously, and again in 2000, the series centered around events at Shiloh Ranch near Medicine Bow, Wyoming, which, at least initially, was owned by former judge Henry Garth (Lee J. Cobb) and his daughter Betsy (Roberta Shore). The remaining initial cast included the ranch hands led by the foreman, the Virginian (James Drury), and included Trampas (Doug McClure) and, for the first three seasons, Steve Hill (Gary Clarke). Over time the ranch ownership changed and several of the hands came and went with only The Virginian and Trampas remaining around for all nine seasons. Well-produced, the series often featured unusual or well-known Guest Stars (Bette Davis, George C. Scott, Myrna Loy, Ricardo Montalban, Ulla Jacobssen, Franchot Tone, etc.). The editor of the page has been gradually viewing and filling in cast information and detailed synopses on the various episodes but given the large number that exist, this will be a long drawn out process. The episode descriptions are almost complete for some years but many episode descriptions, particularly in the later years, remain to be completed. Many of the detailed synopses which have been completed are the only ones accessible for the series either on the web or in print and every effort is made to ensure their accuracy. The remaining episodes will be gradually filled in as time and energy permit (the editor personally has about another 100 episodes which he has not had time to view!) and others are encouraged to submit summaries and information. Although grey market videos circulate, and some episodes are commercially available in Europe on DVD, very few episodes are available on commercial video in North America. These pages were last updated on April 28/05. The most recent "updates" have involved mainly reorganizing existing information to meet new TV Tome web page structures. These include changing the existing long episode descriptions to shorter summaries (currently working on Season 4) and moving the longer summaries to a "recap" section. However, some new episode descriptions, recaps and casts/crew are being added/corrected by me to fill in gaps in the earlier years...and lately several people have sent me short and long synopses of missing episodes and this is much appreciated!moreless

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  • Quotes (16)

    • Steve Hill: (on observing Elena as she arrives) Wonder how she is in Rigoletto? Trampas: Woman like that would look good in anything!

    • Judge Garth: "I believe in justice; the rule of law."

      Trachsel: "Well, I'll tell you what I believe Judge -- I believe the big dog gets the meat. You know something else Judge, I believe that's the way its meant to be."

      Judge Garth: "For dogs maybe".

    • Matt Denning: (talking about his son's comprehension of his fruitless situation) I still don't think he understands. Ellen Denning: Maybe he's too young to live without hope.

    • Judge Garth: (speaking of Ansel Miller) He'll cool off -- he's always been a reasonable man. Virginian: A reasonable man can put blood on the ground. All he has to do is believe it's reasonable.

    • Starr: What will it take to get you to stay? Virginian: Just two words. Starr: Stick around? Virginian: That's them.

    • Swift Wolf: It was a small house with many trees put in the earth by the settler. We had come for horses, not scalps. We left a man and woman, wounded but alive. Stacy: My parents were dead. Swift Wolf: Of their wounds maybe, after we left. Stacy: You're lying! Swift Wolf: A man child and a little girl child, hiding, the man child standing over her to protect her, on his face a fierce expression. I spared their lives to honor the courage of the man child. Maybe I should have killed him then so he would not later come to claim my life. Stacy: I don't want your life. Swift Wolf: It is well. You cannot bring back the dead, not yours, not mine.

    • Stacy: I never even thought of them as having names. Elaine: Who? Stacy: Maybe I never even thought of them as being human beings. Elaine:: You mean the Indians? Stacy: I mean the men who killed my mother and father. Elaine: Stacy, you're not thinking-- Stacy: Of what, revenge? I don't know. I wasn't thinking of it--it isn't why I came. But here I am, and there must be a reason for it. Elaine: Not to kill someone. I can't see you doing that. Stacy: All I can see is the darkness of that cellar.

    • Grainger: I guess every man has a right to look back once, before he goes forward again.

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    Notes (301)

    • Betsy Garth has a birthday party in this episode and it is revealed she is 15 years old.

    • All of the regulars appear in this episode as do semi-regulars/recurring co-stars Molly Wood (Pippa Scott) and, until she became listed as a star later in the series, Betsy Garth (Roberta Shore).

    • This episode, and in fact all entries up to and including episode 14, do not give the title of that entry in the opening sequences. The titles are only given beginning with episode 15: "Duel at Shiloh".

    • Beginning with this episode and continuing throughout season 1, any individuals appearing in an episode considered guest stars or stars of special note are listed in the opening credits just after the series stars are shown rather than in the opening sequences of the episodes. In later entries these guest stars are listed in the opening sequences of the episodes themselves.

    • This episode reveals how Judge Garth came to the Shiloh Ranch area and a later Season 1 episode (#17) entitled "The Judgement" reveals why Henry Garth is no longer a practicing judge. The history of the various other main characters and how they came to Shiloh is revealed, and the main plot element, of several other episodes. In Season 1, episode 15 called "Duel at Shiloh" it is revealed how Steve Hill came to the ranch while in Season 2, episode 1, "Ride a Dark Trail" the history and background of Trampas is presented. Finally, in Season 2, episode 19, the arrival of the Virginian is revealed in an entry titled: "The Drifter."

    • All the regulars appear in this episode as does "Co-Star" Roberta Shore as Betsy Garth and semi-regular Mr. Bemis (played by Brendan Dillon) who works at the newspaper office.

    • No Executive Producer is listed in the opening credits of this episode.

    • This episode has several scenes involving banter amongst the Virginian, Trampas and Steve, or combinations thereof, which do little to further the plot. One suspects they were intended to develop likable personalities for the characters on the newly debuted show.

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    Trivia (28)

    • This episode was combined with the episode Reckoning to make the movie The Meanest Men in the West.

    • The Kelland Ranch in this episode is the famous Bates house used in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.

    • This was the last acting job for guest star Dolores Hart who at the age of 25 left a successful Hollywood career in order to become a nun.

    • It was a great addition to the episode, but the song Randy sings, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", wasn't written until 1949 by Hank Williams. Of course, The Virginian was set in the late 1800's.

    • Aside from question over the names of the neigbours Wingate or Moran (see notes), there is one continuity error. Randy Boone is shown leaning against a door and starts to move. The camera switches to a different angle and he is still and begins to move again.

    • The opening credits have been changed. Clu Gulager has now been added and so have Randy Boone and Roberta Shore who share screen credit. Also, a large letter V flashes across the screen and there are clips of the actors from various episodes.

    • Guest Rory Calhoun, who plays an ex-convict in this episode, was actually an ex-con in real life.

    • The 95-minute Universal feature BACKTRACK! was made from this episode and additional footage taken from 'Laredo.' Doug McClure, Randy Boone and James Drury all appear in the film. Although scenes were filmed in early 1965, the film version was not released until May 26, 1969 (after 'Laredo' had ceased production). Randy Boone sings "We're Gonna Raise a Ruckus Tonight."

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    Allusions (1)

    • At the end of the episode, Trampas jokingly tells the Virginian that the Virginian would make a good bank robber, to which the Virginian replies, "When you call me that, smile." This is an allusion to the famous quote from the book by Owen Wister from which this western comes. In the book Trampas calls the Virginian "a son of a," to which the Virginian makes the same response.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This was a classic TV Western series.

    By vicmackey31, Apr 14, 2006

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