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Blue Denim

Hollywood tackles the big issues! This adapted play about an unwanted teen pregnancy is actually quite good, thanks to fine performances by Carol Lynley and Brandon De Wilde, who convince as cherubic high schoolers 'too young to know the score.' And hey, the teen trauma is set to an intense music score by Bernard Herrmann. Blue Denim 20th Century Fox Cinema Archives 1959 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 89 min. / Street Date March 16, 2016 / available through Amazon / 19.98 Starring Carol Lynley, Brandon De Wilde, Macdonald Carey, Marsha Hunt, Warren Berlinger, Vaughn Taylor, Roberta Shore, Malcolm Atterbury, Anthony J. Corso, Gregg Martell, William Schallert. Cinematography Leo Tover Film Editor William Reynolds, George Leggewie Original Music Bernard Herrmann Written by Edith Sommer, Philip Dunne from the play by James Leo Herlihy and William Noble Produced by Charles Brackett Directed by Philip Dunne

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Sex education today is erratic, with no established standard, but
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Your next box set: The Virginian

This TV western looks great, has marvellous guest appearances and is unashamedly literate – and the complete series one has 30 episodes

The Virginian is only the third longest-running TV western, behind Bonanza and Gunsmoke, but it's a small mountain of TV: nine years and 249 episodes.

James Drury starred throughout, playing the man known only as The Virginian, and whose eyebrows are for ever drawn up in an expression of pained exasperation, as if everyone around him is a big disappointment.

The set-up is based on the 1902 Owen Wister novel of the same name: The Virginian is the taciturn, vaguely mysterious foreman of Shiloh ranch – just outside Medicine Bow, Wyoming – keeping order on behalf of its owner, Judge Garth (Lee J Cobb). The only other character to stick out the entire run is square-jawed ranch hand Trampas, played by Doug McClure.

The Virginian looks great – it was filmed in lush colour in wild California hills.
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[TV] The Virginian: The Complete First Season

At one time, Westerns were the most popular genre of television program. There were as many westerns on TV in the fifties and sixties as there are reality shows today. One of the longest running and most popular of these was The Virginian. It was among the first of the “Adult Westerns” (meaning it wasn’t the stereotypical white hat vs. the black hat shoot-em-up) and was the first 90-minute show of the Western genre.

The series starred James Drury as the unnamed hero, perpetually known only as “the Virginian”. It’s never made clear (at least, not in the first season) why the Virginian left his home to travel to Wyoming or why he never reveals his true name but no one in the series seems bothered by his secretive nature. Drury is one of the more laid back western heroes. He isn’t in the larger-than-life John Wayne mold.
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The Virginian: TV Show Cast of Classic Western Reuniting

Though it isn't remembered by many TV viewers today, The Virginian TV show was one of the most popular Westerns in its day. The NBC series ran for eight seasons, from 1962 until 1970. The characters returned in the 1970-71 season in a different format and the show was renamed The Men from Shiloh.

The Virginian series follows the adventures of a strong-willed man known only as the "Virginian" (James Drury) who works to maintain order on the Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming. Other regular actors during the run of the series include Doug McClure, Lee J. Cobb, John McIntire, Charles Bickford, Stewart Granger, Clu Gulager, Gary Clarke, Randy Boone, and Roberta Shore.

It's often been remarked that The Virginian had such high production values that each episode looked like a feature film. The 249 installments are 90 minutes apiece and were all shot
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