The Virginian: Season 1, Episode 1

The Executioners (19 Sep. 1962)

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although some question his guilt, a man is hanged in Medicine Bow when a woman denies being with him at the time. A stranger with many talents arrives in Medicine Bow taking a job at Shiloh who takes a keen interest in the main players.


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Tom Newcumb is hanged at Medicine Bow for the murder of a woman even though many people question whether there was enough evidence to prove his guilt. He was known as a gun for hire who people were no longer comfortable having around. A talented stranger, Paul Taylor, shows up in Medicine Bow on the day of the hanging making an entertaining but somewhat eerie appearance at Betsy's birthday party at Shiloh. Soon afterwards he takes a job at Shiloh where he excels at everything making The Virginian happy. However, his other actions make Judge Garth and others suspicious about his intentions. He begins courting Celia Ames who is the school teacher and witness who denied Tom Newcumb was with her at the time of the murder. It was long rumored that she was Tom Newcomb's girlfriend but as a school teacher she has always denied it. It was also rumored she danced at night to the stars. With the aid of liquor and Paul's courting, The Virginian and sheriff learn the painful truth about the ... Written by Anonymous

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Guest stars Colleen Dewhurst. Series regular Lee J. Cobb shared two roles with her husband, George C. Scott: Lt. Kinderman from The Exorcist (1973) and Juror #3 from 12 Angry Men (1957). See more »

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Classic series' initial outing is far from the best, despite impressive production values. Script's wavering tone finally settles on overwrought, with a mystery angle that's bungled in denouement. Episode is chiefly memorable as a vehicle for the charismatic Hugh O'Brian, then riding the crest of popularity from his wildly successful Wyatt Earp series, who embraces his smoldering anti-hero role and plays it to the hilt. Drury is awkwardly addressed several times as "Virginian." His lack of name generally avoided mention in subsequent episodes. If asked, he would merely identify himself as the foreman of Shiloh ranch, which always sufficed.

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