Millionaire Paul Leland is pushed off his private train car and left stranded in the desert where The Virginian finds him on the verge of dying. The Virginian is driving a herd of cattle to Washington for higher prices to save the ranchers in Medicine Bow. He is on a tight schedule to beat the California herds and has no time, men, or supplies to cater to Leland's demands. Leland further feels the wrath of a man put out of a job when Leland closed a stage line through the area. He is forced to work as the cook's helper and tries to hire men to escape the drive but is unsuccessful. His ire causes a stampede destroying supplies and injuring four men including Hogy, the cook, who has tried to help him. When he is forced then to work as a cow puncher, he starts to take ownership of the job and a desire to see it done right. When the drive is over, Leland still has an issue to settle with The Virginian. Written by
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In the barn scene closeups of the pitch fork show the times pointing up while in the longer shots the tines are pointed down. See more
Why are you guys pushin' yourselves so hard?
'Cause there's a need for it, that's why. You think I took this job just for the dollar a day? No, sir! See them cattle yonder. Them cows all belong to some people that I call friends. It's been a tough year in the cattle business an' if we don't get this herd to Seattle before them California cattle hit the market, there's a lot of them people that's gonna go under. That's why men and time are important.