The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Strangers at Sundown 

TV-PG | | Western | Episode aired 3 April 1963
A outlaw gang traps Garth and Betsy and several stagecoach passengers at a way station. The gang wants one of the passengers who betrayed the gang. The people discuss their lives as time expires on whether to turn over the man.

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Trampas (credit only)
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Steve Hill (credit only)
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Kendall Jones
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George Pauk
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Jed Carter
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Tom Croft
Evans Evans ...
Phyllis Carter
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Lucy Wallace
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John Wallace
Berkeley Harris ...
Theo
Leonard P. Geer ...
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Bill Catching ...
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Judge Garth and Betsy returning from cattle meetings in Montana are two of eight passengers on a stagecoach which is attacked during a rest stop. Besides the Garths the passengers include an older couple, a young couple, and two men one of who is a personable and exuberant sewing machine peddler. They race to the Sundown way station that is heavily fortified but the driver is killed on the way there. The way station was once a Montana Territorial Prison that has been decommissioned. The station master is an ex prisoner who suffers from battle fatigue. Judge Garth learns from the gang leader that they want a man named George Wilson but no one in the group uses that name. Garth is able to deduce who Wilson is and Wilson comes forward telling them that he used to be part of the outlaw band but betrayed them and they want revenge. With emotions high the group narrowly votes to protect him. After a gunfight in which both sides takes losses, the gang applies greater pressure forcing the ... Written by Anonymous

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Shades of Sartre
4 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought that this particular episode, 'Strangers At Sundown', was quite intriguing. Watching this episode reminded me of Sartre's play, 'No Exit', Jim Henson's 'The Cube', Pirandello's 'Six Characters In search of An Exit' or the classic Twilight Zone, 'Five Characters In Search of An Exit'. The ending also reminds me somewhat of Gunsmoke 15:7, 'Charlie Noon'.

Like many episodes of The Virginian, this one featured commentary on many moral principles such as loyalty, betrayal, love, family, abandonment, and redemption.

I enjoy The Virginian series because it is often contemplative and the action is an accent for the principles taught, rather than an end in itself.


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