The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Virginian takes a herd to a town on the border with Canada but the bank is robbed making his bank draft worthless. He tracks the robbers into Canada to recover the $100,000 but they work for the buyer of the beef at his empire.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Grainger (credit only)
Trampas (credit only)
Emmett Ryker
Stacey Grainger (credit only)
Elizabeth Grainger
The Virginian
Clay Grainger
Don Wilbanks ...
The Man
Desk Clerk


The Viginian takes a herd of cattle to Larksville, Montana near the Canadian border for the ranchers in Medicine Bow. At the bank he receives the $100,000 for the herd converting it to a bank draft on the spot. However, the bank is robbed as soon as he leaves the bank making the bank draft worthless. Being on the border the local law is unable to help as the thieves head into Canada. Realizing he can't go home without the money, The Virginian alone tracks the robbers into Canada where he learns the real thief is the buyer of the cattle Winthrop who controls the area and people around him in his own empire. He quickly realizes he has few options while he scouts Winthrop's operation for any weaknesses as Winthrop enjoys the cat and mouse game with The Virginian. Winthrop has a live in girl friend Gloria who is loved by Winthrop's financial manager Cletes while "The Man" silently trails The Virginian. The Virginian devises a sting to recover the funds but not without consequences for ... Written by Anonymous

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27 December 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Akin to a good Maverick episode...
24 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this one, we have the Virginian being fleeced of $100,000 of Shiloh money that was paid for cattle he delivered, and the theft is by the very same rancher who paid the $100,000 in the first place. This Canadian rancher also owns much of a town just across the Canadian border.

In order to retrieve the cash, Virginian must go to this town and devise a plan to somehow get into the rancher's safe and escape unharmed, since every hand in town is beholden to this rancher.

Well, the plan is set, but complications make Virginian have to adjust it somewhat. In this episode, one can only think of Maverick, and how several of those episodes had similar setups. It's actually a fun episode and different from the regular Virginian episodes, and a very Maverick-like ending. Virginian maintains his persona throughout, and composure at setbacks, as is within his character in most episodes, but it's easy to see Maverick replace him in this kind of story, and add some of that Maverick charm and humor.

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