The Virginian arrested by a posse while on a trip is accused of murder. He is taken in for a trial by a less than proper judge who is also the hangman. When no one listens to him, he escapes to find the real killer and prove his innocence.




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Episode cast overview:
Col. Alan MacKenzie (credit only)
Trampas (credit only)
Roy Tate (credit only)
The Virginian
Judge Hobbs
Rem Garvey
Myra Greencastle
Dee Garvey
Emma Garvey
Sheriff Wintle
Boss Cooper
Sallie Shockley ...
Nellie Cooper


The Virginian caught napping under a tree is taken by a posse who say he killed a man. He is brought into a saloon in a small town for his speedy trial by the local incompetent drunken Judge Hobbs. Judge Hobbs refuses to listen to The Virginian's statement about his identity or to try contacting Col. MacKenzie by telegraph to prove his innocence. The only evidence allowed is the accusation of the dead man's younger son, Rem Garvey, who claims The Virginian is a notorious hired killer known as Boss Cooper, and that he saw him kill his father. The Virginian is convicted of murder and taken out to be hanged by Judge Hobbs who is also the hangman all in a span of a couple hours. The Virginian escapes from the lynch mob and determines to clear his name by finding the real Boss Cooper, though the dead man's sons are trailing him. He starts with the dead man's wife who sends him to a small town where Boss Cooper is known by a saloon girl who eventually tells The Virginian Cooper is now ... Written by rbecker28

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21 October 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Hanging Judge
5 June 2011 | by (Roseworthy, South Australia) – See all my reviews

The Virginian is resting in a field minding his own business when he is rudely awoken by armed men intent on taking him prisoner to stand trial as Boss Cooper a hired gun and killer.

The Hanging Judge refuses to allow the Virginian to prove his innocence by contacting Colonel MacKenzie. It seems that the town is determined to end the Virginian's days as fast as possible by immediately putting him him on a horse with a noose around his neck.

The Virginian manages to turn the situation around at the last moment by persuading the Hanging Judge to look him in the eyes as he says his last words!

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