The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Nobility of Kings 

Ben Justin takes over a ranch next to Shiloh. He has had a string of bad luck including the death of his first wife. His son wants to help him but Ben keeps him and his wife Mary at arms length out of fear they will see the real Ben.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Henry Garth
Emmett Ryker
Randy Benton
Diane Roter ...
Jennifer Sommers
The Virginian
Ben Justin
Mary Justin
Tom 'Bear' Suchette
Robert Random ...
Will Justin (as Bob Random)
Andy Proctor
Robert P. Lieb ...
Mr. Howell
Russ Bender ...
Doc Linell


Ben Justin along with his wife Mary and son by a previous wife move onto a ranch adjoining Shiloh. Due to past business failures and being abandoned by previous business partners, Ben has developed a wall around him avoiding help and contact with everyone around him, including his son and wife. He wants to prove he can succeed on his own and rejects even casual help. It alienates his wife and son who look to Shiloh for friends and help. The Virginian and Garth provide his son Will with a horse and teach him how to ride so he can help Ben. Mary has keeps it secret from Ben as she is doing it partly for her own benefit. Ben takes it the wrong way thinking there is something between Mary and The Virginian. When Ben takes a risky chance to improve his herd with an expensive bull, it backfires when his ranch is hit with the cattle disease aftosa. Written by Anonymous

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10 November 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Re-edited along with "Duel at Shiloh" (2 Jan. 1963) footage and released as the 1971 feature "The Bull of the West." See more »

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Bronson showcase
3 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Intelligently scripted episode that builds to harrowing climax and hopeful finish showcases Charles Bronson, still a few years away from international super stardom. Viewers familiar with Bronson's stone-faced avenger roles may be stunned by his complicated character in "Nobility of Kings." Bronson is abrasive small rancher Ben Justin, whose belligerence covers deep-seated insecurity and fear of failure. George Kennedy, another star-in-the-making, plays a successful rancher who has no time for Justin or his problems. This episode was scored by Bernard Herrmann. The prolific composer, best known for his contributions to classic films by Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, also had a lengthy television resume.

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