The Virginian (1962–1971)
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A Man of the People 

Garth along with other ranchers are worried about homesteaders trying to move onto their public range. Garth realizes the land is not fit for farming but the politician leading them is an old friend who has said it is fit for farming.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Henry Garth
Trampas (credit only)
Emmett Ryker
Betsy Garth
Randy Benton (credit only)
The Virginian
Congressman Matthew J. Cosgrove
Ownie Francis
Lt. David O'Mara
Barney Wingate
Brendan Dillon ...
James Aloysius Dolan
Sgt. Costello
A.G. Vitanza ...
Dominic Pelligrini
Robert Boon ...
Hans Jungman
Ray Harris


The Virginian and Judge Garth visit a group of settlers who are moving into the public lands used for grazing by the nearby ranches. Judge Garth and Barney Wingate check with the Land Office learning that their usual automatic renewal on the lease for the lands was stopped. When they investigate banners being raised in Medicine Bow, they learn an old classmate of Garth's, Matthew J. Cosgrove, who is a congressman in New York is bringing immigrants from there to settle in Wyoming to curry favor with his constituents. He also arranged to have his nephew, David, a lieutenant in the Army to be there on a make work project to fix a bridge. David stops at Shiloh to meet Betsy but learns by accident that Judge Garth has a low opinion of his uncle. Garth's main concern is that the land being settled is poor quality for farming and the settlers will lose everything on it. Cosgrove swears the government blessed the land for farming but when Garth tries to verify it, he finds it not to be true. ... Written by Anonymous

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23 December 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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24 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Trenchant story thrives on tightly knit script, fluidly directed by William Witney. James Dunn, best remembered for his Oscar-winning portrayal of a weak character in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," is immaculately cast as the blarney-spewing politico Cosgrove. Sounding a cautionary chord that could not be more resonant today, the script paints Cosgrove as a shallow populist whose lazy approach to complicated land issues plants seeds of ecological disaster. Mild flirtation between Roberta Shore's Betsy and a fumbling cavalry officer played by Martin West offers light diversion from heavy theme. Wallflowerish character actor Arthur Space earns his closeups as Cosgrove's resentful lackey.

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