The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Legend for a Lawman 

TV-PG | | Western | Episode aired 3 March 1965
The naive Randy is tricked into helping rob a bank in Kansas and due to circumstances is accused by a respected sheriff of being involved in the robbery. The Virginian is left on his own to prove Randy's innocence versus the sheriff.



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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)
Marshal Floyd Buckman
Sam Loomis
William Mims ...
Harley Cole
Michael Macready ...
Deputy Coby Hall
Wade Hammill
George Gaynor
Pony Bill Steele
Jimmy Tench


Randy is in Cobb's Run, Kansas waiting for The Virginian to arrive the next day. After helping a man with an injured arm he meets in the saloon, he finds himself duped into tricking the sheriff to open the bank door. A group of four men rob the bank of $47,000 but are interrupted during their escape by the deputy. Randy and the sheriff who were knocked out, both come to during the escape and shooting with Randy being mistaken by the sheriff for one of the robbers and is shot by the sheriff. The sheriff who has a reputation as one of the best lawmen, swears he locked the door behind Randy but he didn't. Randy is charged with murder and robbery. The Virginian arrives the next day but his support of Randy is dismissed by everyone due to the sheriff's reputation. The Virginian locates one bandit wounded in the escape but he dies before returning to town. Randy is tried, found guilty, and sentenced to hang. The Virginian posts a reward for information on the two remaining bandits but ... Written by Anonymous

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3 March 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Between shootouts
14 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two big shootouts bookend trim morality tale. Craggy Ford Rainey is featured as Marshal Floyd Buckman, a has-been, living on past laurels, who's too stubborn to admit he may have blundered. But unlike the ambitious lawyer who covets his job (played by pre-"Batman" Adam West), Buckman has integrity. The ember of hope that the old star packer's troubled conscience will restore his better nature in time to help The Virginian save Randy from the noose provides most of the plot's dramatic tension. Country character actor Shug Fisher plays an exuberant Buffalo Bill-style huckster who's the polar opposite of the stuffy Buckman. Fisher brings his symbolic character more fully to life than is written in the script.

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