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The Virginian (1946)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 5 May 1946 (USA)
Arriving at Medicine Bow, eastern schoolteacher Molly Woods meets two cowboys, irresponsible Steve and the "Virginian," who gets off on the wrong foot with her. To add to his troubles, the ... See full summary »

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Arriving at Medicine Bow, eastern schoolteacher Molly Woods meets two cowboys, irresponsible Steve and the "Virginian," who gets off on the wrong foot with her. To add to his troubles, the Virginian finds that his old pal Steve is mixed up with black-hatted Trampas and his rustlers...then finds himself at the head of a posse after said rustlers; and Molly hates the violent side of frontier life. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The All-Time Best-Selling Love Story of the West... Now On the Screen In Spectacular Technicolor!

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It received its first telecast in Philadelphia Monday 2 March 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), followed by St. Louis 25 April 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), by Chicago 6 May 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Los Angeles 20 February 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2), by New York City 30 July 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2), and by San Francisco 9 May 1961 on KPIX (Channel 5). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so most vintage film showings were still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. It was released on DVD 31 March 2011 as part of the Universal Vault Series, and again on 12 March 2013 as part of Universal's Classic Westerns: 10-Movie Collection; since that time, it's also been aired occasionally on both Turner Classic Movies and Encore's Western Channel. See more »

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Before the shootout at the end, both men see that the sun is about to set. And yet the shootout occurs in full sunlight; and when the newlyweds ride off at the end, the sun still hasn't quite set: they are riding off into the sunset. See more »

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Steve Andrews: A fine way to treat a lady!
Virginian: How was I to know she was a lady? She was with you, wasn't she?
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Too Much Romance, Not Enough Action
26 May 2014 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Cowboy Joel McCrea pals around with pretty eastern-bred schoolteacher Barbara Britton and squares off against black-clad cattle rustler Brian Donlevy and McCrea's amiable pal, who threw in with the rustlers in order to make some easy cash.

This version of the popular novel takes way too much time to get moving, spending a majority of the first fifty-or-so minutes on the uninteresting wooing of Britton by McCrea. The last thirty-five minutes are okay, with decent action and suspense scenes, though never quite as good or plentiful as you'd like them to be. However, the hanging scene does pack a wallop.

The best thing this has going for it is the old-fashioned Technicolor and that old Hollywood sheen.


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