The Virginian

Season 2 Episode 18

The Thirty Days of Gavin Heath

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Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Jan 22, 1964 on NBC
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The Thirty Days of Gavin Heath
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Former British soldier Gavin Heath (Leo Genn) strikes it rich and returns to Medicine Bow where he had previously lived. Heath is attacked by an apparently rabid dog. Thinking he may only have 30 days to live, Heath is forced to confront his cowardly past.

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    Leo Genn

    Leo Genn

    Gavin Heath

    Guest Star

    Don Hamner

    Don Hamner

    Gentry

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    Bill Zuckert

    Bill Zuckert

    Mayor Wilkins

    Guest Star

    Brendan Dillon

    Brendan Dillon

    Oliphant

    Recurring Role

    Ross Elliott

    Ross Elliott

    Sheriff Abbott

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    John Bryant

    John Bryant

    Dr. Spaulding

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      • This episode reveals a peculiarity about the Virginian series. During the first season, the series was clearly set mainly in 1898-99, as indicated by time references such as the Spanish-American War ("Riff-Raff") and Oscar Wilde's poem "The Ballad of Reading Gaol ("The Brazen Bell")." Also, Wyoming was a "state" during this first season, having become one in 1890. But beginning with the "second" season, the time setting was moved back to the 1880's, when Wyoming was still a "territory". In this episode "The 30 Days of Gavin Heath," Leo Genn's title character states at one point that in two days, on the Fourth of July, it will be 107 years since the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed to the 13 Colonies. This would set the episode in 1883 -- though Heath seems a bit uncertain whether the battle of Balaclava, in which he disgraced himself, occurred 29 or 30 years earlier (it occurred in 1854, which would place it 29 years before the events of this episode).

      • Frank Sully played the saloon bartender Danny in many Virginian episodes and is addressed by Heath as "Danny" in this episode. However, the closing credits list his character as "Sam".

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