The Virginian (1962–1971)
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A Gallows for Sam Horn 

A feud between ranchers and a railroad tycoon result in murder charges against a rancher when the tycoon's son is killed. Ryker and the Judge try to prove his innocence but must rely on a woman who disappears deserted by the murdered man.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Henry Garth
Trampas (credit only)
Emmett Ryker
Betsy Garth (credit only)
Randy Benton (credit only)
The Virginian
Sam Horn
Colonel John Briscoe
Laurel Goodwin ...
Peg Dineen
Scott Briscoe
Jack Marshman
Judith Briscoe
Paul Comi ...
Brad Carter
Sheriff Mark Abbott
Judge MacDonald


Colonel John Briscoe is trying to put a railroad through several ranches but has used friends in the legislature to obtain the land at unfair prices. When his son Scott along with Ryker try to gain access to the land under a court order, Sam Horn tries to stop them with force resulting in a scuffle between him and Scott. Judge Garth delays it with a legal maneuver but the ranchers know they will lose their land. Sam is good friends with Peg Dineen who works as a waitress at the restaurant. While Sam and Ryker are having a meal there, Scott enters and sees Peg resulting in another scuffle between Scott and Sam. Peg and Scott had planned to get married until Scott's father sent him to Europe when told their plans. When Scott learns Peg had his baby, he asks his father for help but he refuses. Scott upon learning Sam is taking $2,500 to Laramie for a new appraisal tries to steal the money and is shot by Sam but there are no witnesses making it appear Sam shot Scott in retaliation. John ... Written by Anonymous

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2 December 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ninety-minute format succeeds
12 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The ninety-minute format of "The Virginian," initially questioned by skeptics who predicted it would be unworkable, became the series' greatest strength. Writers seized the opportunity it provided to add density to stories and characterizations. In the meticulously plotted "A Gallows for Sam Horn," motivations are so crystal-clear that even the unsympathetic characters played by Edward Binns and Buck Taylor are recognizably human. Stellar cast, headed by Lee J. Cobb's reliably commanding performance as Judge Garth, also includes Virginia (Mrs. Olson) Christine, a fine dramatic actress when she wasn't selling coffee, and George Kennedy. Playing a burly railroad enforcer, Kennedy displays the deft touch that would enable him to leave his thuggish stereotype behind and become a top-flight actor and enduring star.

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