The Virginian (1962–1971)
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A self-important businessman is pushed off a train and found by The Virginian and Steve on a cattle drive across a desert. He is forced to work his way on the drive and learns some lessons about himself and his impact on other's lives.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Trampas (credit only)
Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Betsy Garth (credit only)
Randy Benton (credit only)
Paul Leland
Ben Carter
Laura Carter
Henry Hunter ...
Kenneth Grant
Barbara Werle ...
Kitty Hudson
Jon Blake

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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 Anonymous

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28 October 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Hogy: I got me a way of life that just suits me to a 'T'. There ain't no place else that I'd want ta be. An' do you know what it cost me? Just the years that I've put into it and the few that I've got left ta put in. That ain't much of a price to pay considerin' what I got back in return. An' let me tell you somethin', mister. Here's where I belong, an' you couldn't buy me one thing if you spent every last million that you own.
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High quality at low cost
6 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Invigorating yarn manages big scale on a limited budget, reflecting the expertise of director William Witney, a past master at making chicken salad out of questionable ingredients. The plot is baldly lifted from Kipling's Captains Courageous, except that the rich, spoiled, bad boy overdue for tough love is changed to a rich, spoiled, very bad man. Plutocrat Paul Leland (played by Linden Chiles) wallows in his cocoon of privilege, cozily certain that the world is for sale and he's got the price. Script's hopeful contention that hard knocks can awaken the humanity in even a snob as big as Leland is at least a thought worth holding. Gregarious Slim Pickens, long before his famous campfire scene in "Blazing Saddles," plays the cattle drive cook.

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