The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Fortunes of J. Jimerson Jones 

J. Jimerson Jones is on the same train to Chicago with Garth and Betsy where Garth helps him adjust to city life. Betsy has her first love with a cub reporter and Jones is taken in by a beautiful woman while another tries to protect him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Henry Garth
Trampas (credit only)
Steve Hill
The Virginian (credit only)
J. Jimerson Jones
Betsy Garth
Julia Montgomery
Maggie Hyeth
Eddie Tighe
Peter Adams ...
Duncan St. John
August the Head Waiter
Hotel Clerk
Austin Green ...
Telegraph Operator
General Pierpont J. Caswell


J. Jimerson Jones reacquaints himself with Judge Garth and Betsy on the train east to Chicago. After hitting a gold strike he is on his first vacation in forty years. Based on the Judge's recommendation he stays at the re-known Palmer House in Chicago. When a pair of con-artists learn of his money he becomes their target but his honesty keeps him out of trouble at first. At the same time a young cub reporter takes an interest in Betsy but only after he was rebuffed by Judge Garth for an interview. Although his actions lead him and Betsy astray, his honesty in the end forces the Judge to accept him. When Mr. Jones is blind to the truth, his friends including the hotel maid try to protect him with hilarious results. Written by Anonymous

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15 January 1964 (USA)  »

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Chicago, that toddling town
5 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

The action on this show shifts from Shiloh ranch to Chicago as Lee J. Cobb takes daughter Roberta Shore on her first trip east. It proves to be memorable for Shore as she experiences her first encounter romantically with the male of the species. Young David Macklin a cub reporter on some little known Chicago rag is the object of her affection.

The other story has to do with Pat O'Brien an old sourdough who finally struck it rich. He's in Chicago, came in on the same train as Judge Garth and staying at the same hotel, to celebrate being rich after years of eking out a living. Unfortunately a pair of con artists, Jeanne Cooper and Peter Adams know lots of ways they can help spend O'Brien's money.

The old guy is on to most of them though, a Sting like stock set up, rigged poker game, and even the old badger game. What O'Brien's not up to maid Ann Doran who took a liking to him is. She's giving her needed if not always wanted attention to him.

O'Brien and Doran play well against each other and the stories do combine as Cobb, Shore, and Macklin hate seeing O'Brien being taken.

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