The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Rope of Lies 

Steve takes the job of foreman at a ranch with a new female owner against the advice of his friends. The job gets rougher after he is forced to shoot a stranger. He then learns why he was hired when he faces murder charges from his boss.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Trampas (credit only)
Steve Hill
The Virginian
Alma Lowell
Jess Carver
Betsy Garth
Randy Benton
Ebberly Packis
Bill (as Bill Smith)
Sheriff Mark Abbott
Prosecutor Frank Giles
Henry Hunter ...
Mr. Makely
John Daheim ...
Bard Arden (as John Day)
Sam Reese ...


The lovely Alma Lowell recently arrived in Medicine Bow and bought the Lazy K ranch for cash from a man who ran the ranch himself. She finds she needs a foreman to control the ranch hands. She meets Steve and over tea asks him if he would be her foreman. He turns down the job initially but after ribbing from The Virginian and Shiloh hands, he decides to take it. At the Lazy K he notices an empty modified gun which he mentions to Alma who says the previous owner left it for her. Jess Carver on the hunt for Alma finds her in Medicine Bow. Alma tells Steve he is stalking her. Jess wants $50,000 dollars from Alma but she invested it in the ranch. She says Steve has control of the deed to the ranch. She invites Jess to the ranch at night where she sets him up to be shot by a naive Steve. When Steve confronts her about a switch of guns, she decides to frame Steve for the murder. Written by Anonymous

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25 March 1964 (USA)  »

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She just bats her eye
11 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Diana Millay comes to Medicine Bow and buys a small ranch cash on the barrel and now needs a foreman. Gary Clarke is who she has in mind and all she does bat an eye. At that point the hormones take over.

What Millay also has is a notorious gunfighter gambler in Peter Breck who is looking for her. Millay knows that and sees Clarke as maybe the man to protect her.

Millay is one conniving female and when Clarke does kill Breck in a gunfight the whole thing kind of smells for reasons you watch the episode for. Clarke gets arrested and put on trial for murder mainly on the strength of her story and that of another ranch hand who also was thinking with his male member.

The last 20 minutes of the story belong to Paul Fix who plays a defense attorney who is hired by The Virginian to defend his friend. Fix is a friend of Judge Garth and recommended by Roberta Shore who calls him 'an old fox'.

Watch the story to see how Foxy he is.

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