The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Stallion 

Randy finds an abused stallion in need of medical care. He takes the horse to an alcoholic vet who is a loner but the interest of the daughter of a local rancher. The vet works miracles on the horse while horse works miracles on the vet.






Episode cast overview:
John Slaughter (as Donald Barry)
First Rancher
Paul Baxley ...


Slaughter and Hogan own a thoroughbred stallion they have abused and challenge riders to win $10 by staying on it ten seconds. He breaks loose at Medicine Bow killing Hogan. Randy finds the horse tangled in a tree and takes the sick horse to Charlie Orwell who is a vet and drunk. Charlie heals the horse but warns everyone he is dangerous including Jody Wingate who visits Charlie and is attracted to him. He returns the horse to Randy at Shiloh where Slaughter arrives to claim the horse. When Judge Garth sees how Slaughter mistreats the horse, he forces Slaughter to sell him the horse. Garth asks Randy to kill the horse but Randy returns him to Charlie who in a drunken stupor frees the horse. When the horse raids the local ranches for mares, Randy, Jody, and Charlie track down the stallion and recapture the mares. Charlie gentles the stallion but Slaughter releases their mounts and shoots Charlie. Randy is forced to ride the stallion for help and Charlie comes to realize his feelings ... Written by Anonymous

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30 September 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before starring in The Virginian, James Durey guest starred in as episode of Robert Culp's TV series western, Trackdown, which preceded, The Virginian tv series by a few years. See more »


Randy's horse continually switches back and forth from a buckskin to a sorrel. See more »


Randy Benton: You wouldn't be wanting to sell him, would you? I'd go as high as ten dollars.
Slaughter: Sonny, that horse is worth ten or fifteen dollars a day.
Trampas: What does he do, print money?
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A story of redemption
28 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Stirring outdoor drama builds up a healthy sweat and wears its animal rights advocacy on its sleeve. Robert Culp doesn't shrink from the ugliness of alcohol addiction in his portrayal of the drunken veterinarian Orwell, who's too despondent to recognize that the brutalized stallion in his care holds the key to his redemption. The rancher's daughter who loves him, attractively played by Jena Engstrom, is aware of it though as she fights to tame the wild horse and Orwell's wild demons. The big roundup scene weds newly filmed moments to stock footage. The marriage works because the plucky fast riding of Culp, Engstrom and Randy Boone makes their running inserts blend smoothly into the old master shots.

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