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"The Virginian" Melanie (1967)

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Stephen Lord (writer)
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Original Air Date:
22 February 1967 (Season 5, Episode 22)
An old and successful friend and his daughter from Chicago visit the Graingers. John is surprised when he learns they want to stay in the area. The high society daughter falls in love with Trampas who doesn't know about her secret illness. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Abner Biberman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Lord  writer
Owen Wister  novel

Produced by
Frank Price .... executive producer
Joel Rogosin .... producer
Cinematography by
Enzo A. Martinelli (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael R. McAdam 
Art Direction by
George Patrick 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. 
Hal Overell 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Abby Singer .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald White .... assistant director
Sound Department
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Robert Brower .... color coordinator
Music Department
Percy Faith .... composer: theme music
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Price 
Teddi Sherman 

George Orrison .... stunts
Dean Smith .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Sherman Kunkel .... assistant camera
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

75 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Susan Clark, 28 September 2015
Author: jarrodmcdonald-1 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Instead of reviewing this episode, I would almost prefer to review the lead guest star, a very young Susan Clark. Clark, born Nora Golding, is a Canadian actress who has gone on to achieve notable successes in film and television. While this appearance on The Virginian is not her first acting credit, it was her first significant role in Hollywood.

One has to understand that even after the studio system changed, companies like Universal, which owned and produced The Virginian, still put young actors under multi-year contracts. Susan Clark was one of those new young talents that Universal was grooming for success in a slew of projects and what better way to promote her and help audiences become familiar with her than to give her a pivotal role on an episode of this highly rated western.

Susan Clark's first feature film in Hollywood would not be released by Universal until July of 1967, about five months after the initial airing of this episode. Later, in the fall of 67, Universal would assign her a two-episode role in Ben Gazzara's hit show Run for Your Life. So her career was off and running. Other more prestigious projects like 'Coogan's Bluff' and 'Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here' would quickly follow.

But it is this very early appearance on The Virginian that is so fascinating to watch. Her performance is pitch-perfect as a society girl with a short time to live who invariably finds love with ranch hand Trampas (Doug McClure). She is required to play the role icily and then warmly as a woman who has decided to embrace what time she has left in order to live life to the fullest. The ending of this episode where she is forced to break Trampas' heart is well- acted.

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