The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Gentle Tamers 

Clay decides to take on three convicts on parole to test whether they can be rehabilitated at the urging of a prison warden. The three get off to a rocky start as they are obvious misfits with no experience and one has a bad attitude.

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Stacey Grainger (credit only)
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Anthony D. Call ...
Val Tussey (as Anthony Call)
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Dan Moss
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Ira Diller
Jean Peloquin ...
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Hoyt
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Kyle Spanner
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Lady
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Warden Keane asks Clay Grainger to take three convicts as employees while on parole. He is trying to persuade the prison board that parole might rehabilitate some convicts with greater success. Grainger presents the three men to The Virginian who normally handles the hiring with no choice. The three are obvious misfits to everyone with no training. Dan Moss who was involved in horse rustling takes an interest in Elizabeth's mare Fancy Pants who is about to foal. She learns he had studied with a vet until he died. Unknown to Grainger a marshal has been assigned to work undercover at Shiloh to report on problems. When he exposes the men as convicts after Dick announces his watch is missing, it complicates the work environment and the three men have differing views on their future plans. Tussey wants to rustle some cattle and head for Canada so he hooks up with another ex-con Kyle Spanner he meets in Medicine Bow. Moss, however, begins to feel at home especially after he helps the mare ... Written by Anonymous

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24 January 1968 (USA)  »

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Best episode of season six
2 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Script's penal reform agenda never intrudes on compelling drama in exemplary episode, the best of season six. As the three paroled convicts, Anthony Call, Darwin Joston and Don Pedro Colley do more than justice to their sharply written roles, convincing the viewer that their friendship, forged by years of shared duress within the walls, is an enduring bond. The actors also earn extra credit for gumption by hard-riding with Drury and McClure into the episode's pulse-pounding climax. As an undercover spy, supporting player Wesley Lau makes a small acting masterpiece out of his explosive denunciation scene. Long roll-out into the start of a cattle drive is a scene that will stir the red blood of any true western fan.


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