The Virginian (1962–1971)
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A Distant Fury 

Ed Frazer returns to Medicine Bow after serving three years for burglary. Steve fears for his life because his testimony was crucial in convicting him. Frazer's main interest isn't revenge but renewing his acquaintance with Helen Blaine.



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Episode cast overview:
Judge Henry Garth
Steve Hill
The Virginian
Helen Blaine
Ed Frazer
Betsy Garth
Gloria Blaine
Rees Vaughn ...
Wilfred Simms
Sheriff Mark Abbott
Glen Hubbard
Matt Lewis
Dave McCoy
Kenneth Patterson ...
Mr. Colby (as Ken Patterson)
Mr. Wade


Ed Frazier has spent three years in prison for robbing the lumber yard and stealing $30,000 which has not been recovered. After returning to Medicine Bow, he continually runs into Steve who believes Ed wants to get even for testifying against him at Ed's trial. Ed's concern is renewing his romantic relationship with Helen Blaine who was his inside accomplice in the robbery. Complicating the situation is the fact that Steve is seeing Helen's very attractive daughter Gloria. Although Steve seems to be ahead of her other suitors, Gloria and her mother are interested in going back east where east where Gloria can meet wealthy high society suitors. Steve has several run-ins with Ed Frazer and barely escapes a wagon accident after one of his many confrontations with Ed. When Ed is shot in the back and killed, Steve is blamed by the community although there is not enough proof to support a indictment and trial. Steve decides to investigate and try to determine who is guilty. His results put ... Written by Anonymous

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20 March 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Meet some quality folk
22 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Guest starring on this episode of The Virginian are Howard Duff and Ida Lupino along with Joey Heatherton playing Lupino's daughter. Duff has just returned to Medicine Bow after a 3 year stretch in prison for a robbery where Gary Clarke identified him as one of the robbers. Other participants remain as yet unknown and the money has never turned up.

After Duff and Clarke keep running into each other much to Clarke's annoyance, Clarke is nearly killed in a road accident when the wagon he was driving is sabotaged.

Then Duff is killed and no one can prove anything but suspicions keep pointing at Clarke.

Ida Lupino really stands out in this story as a most ruthless woman determined to get out of Medicine Bow so she and Heatherton can associate with some quality folks in the East. Her part is not unlike the one she played as the bakery owner in the classic western Lust For Gold. Her scenes have some real bite to them.

The ending is unrealistic, but the performances from the guest cast stand out.

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