The Virginian (1962–1971)
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50 Days to Moose Jaw 

An old cowhand and a "greenhorn" join the Shiloh hands for a cattle drive to Moose Jaw, Canada. The old and young cowhand plan a future of running cattle together. The story culminates with a sheriff looking for one of the 2 new friends.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Steve Hill
The Virginian
James 'Mike Flynn' Cafferty
Slim Jessup
Betsy Garth
Sam Cafferty
Dalton Lacey
Harry Swoger ...
Midge Ware ...
Regina Lacey
Dennis Cross ...
Boyd Lacey
Nesdon Booth ...
Come Along
Sheriff Halsey
Henry Mulford


The old ranch hand, Slim Jessup, runs away from the Idaho law after he kills a man in self-defense. Meanwhile, The Virginian is charged with the task of driving 2000 head of cattle to Moose Jaw, Canada to meet a contract deadline the Judge needs to keep Shiloh solvent due to a US financial crisis. The time is short and The Virginia has no experienced trail hands. Slim an old friend of The Virginian trails the herd and when confronted asks for a job which The Viriginian is glad to offer. Along the trail a farmer's 16 year old stepson, James Cafferty, sees the herd and decides to ask to join the drive as a trail hand to escape the dull farm life. Slim counters The Virginian's objections and takes James under his wing and the two become close friends. At Moose Jaw the Idaho law has arrived with extradition papers for Slim forcing Slim to confront the issue. Written by Anonymous

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12 December 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the telegraph office a nervous townsman blames the financial crisis on "Grover Cleveland getting back in," a reference that sets this episode during the Panic of 1893, which resulted in a national economic depression. Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and the 24th President of the United States, serving from 1885-89, then again from 1893-97. See more »

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Lockjaw in Moose Jaw
29 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mildewed cattle drive yarn sacrifices big sky grandeur for bargain basement drama, which quickly bogs down. Two inadequate lead performances compound the problems. Dudish James Gregory looks more saddle-sick than saddle-worn as a weathered cow puncher, and mannered juvenile Brandon De Wilde hesitates over his dialog as if he had forgotten it, a far cry from the magically natural child actor of "Shane." Drury and McClure do a commendable salvage job on parts of the episode that Gregory and De Wilde don't totally destroy, but not good enough to keep it from being one of the few outright disappointing efforts from season one.

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