The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Say Goodbye to All That 

An American black bear named Moses brings to the surface the lack of respect a father has for his son. When the father is paralyzed in a fight with Trampas, he goads the son into fighting a duel with Trampas for revenge. Trampas refuses it, but cannot ignore it.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Martin Beldon
Big John Beldon
Charlie Trent
Barney Wilkins
Robert Christopher ...
James Beck ...
John Bryant ...
Howard Wright ...


A massive renown American black bear known as Moses once confronted Big John Beldon, but survived. Moses kills Trampas' horse at Shiloh followed by a ranch hand during roundup. Big John has the attitude that Beldons should be second to no one and tries to prove it in a fight with Trampas when Trampas dances with his son Martin's fiancee. The fight goes from fists to guns and Big John is paralyzed from the waist down as a result. He goads Martin into issuing a challenge to Trampas for revenge. In the meantime Trampas and Martin with the aid of old Faraway eventually track Moses into a cave where it takes Trampas and Martin together to kill the bear. After the roundup is completed, everyone is waiting to see Martin and Trampas settle the score. Written by Anonymous

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23 January 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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After Big John Beldon falls out of bed and makes his son promise to do something, morning comes, and the rooster crows. On the right of the rooster is a modern electricity transformer on a hydro pole. There was no hydro in this era. This same shot has been seen before, elsewhere. See more »

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Big roundup
15 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Woolly depiction of a big early spring roundup, with its frosty nip in the air and warm communal spirit, makes some lumpy plotting and flawed acting easy to forgive. Pop star Fabian is likable but lightweight as a sensitive youth trying to reconcile his own ideas about manhood with his father's expectations, and familiar film noir tough guy Charles McGraw overdraws his aggression as the combative parent. McClure is on the mark with his responses though; painful regret over the outcome of one shooting and acute apprehension over the prospects for another. Royal Dano, one of the most skilled actors to regularly turn up during the golden age of TV westerns, plays a sage old hand who joins Fabian and McClure on a perilous bear hunt.

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