The Virginian (1962–1971)
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On the way home Tate finds himself in the middle of hunting party where the prey is a young Shawnee boy. Tate discovering the boy is deaf-mute takes him to jail after learning he is wanted for murder but finds he becomes the boy's lawyer.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Col. Alan MacKenzie (credit only)
Trampas (credit only)
Roy Tate
The Virginian (credit only)
Karen Gustaveson
Alex Newell
Dr. Houseman
Judge Fitzroy
Boyd Dewey
Spotted Hand


Tate returning to Shiloh after a scouting trip finds himself in the middle of a hunting party as he hears shots. After shots spook his horses, he comes across a young Indian boy wielding an ax at him. He then notices that the hunting party is shooting at the boy who is helpless. Tate uses his lasso to capture the boy. When the hunters start using dynamite to drive the boy, Tate notices the boy is deaf and mute when he has no response to the blasts. The boy is being hunted by a group of men led by Gustaveson for the killing of a respected rancher, his brother. To prevent him being lynched, Tate brings the boy into town himself, and hopes to somehow learn his side of the story. But just about everyone in the town, including the judge, is too anxious to hang the boy quickly, so Tate finds he has to take on the role of defense counsel himself with a client who can't hear or talk to him. The Sheriff and Gustaveson's niece, Karen the schoolteacher, do come to his aid even though his tribe, ... Written by rbecker28

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20 January 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Deadly Dynamite
16 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

The valley that Troy is riding through cracks with the sound of gunfire and soon Troy comes upon a man with a rifle who warns him that a hunting party is out and that it's better he takes the other trail.

However Troy has been in the saddle many days and said he would rather take the shortcut with the result that he runs into the prey and then the hunting party.

The prey turns out to be a familiar animal with a disability that seems to change the situation somewhat. Troy takes the prey into town, after avoiding the hunting party, but the local sheriff is not keen on looking after the situation due to the fact that a popular local man Burt has been killed.

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