The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Judgment 

Garth recalls his early days as a judge in Medicine Bow in one particularly dangerous murder case. The family of the man convicted tries to intimidate the residents into having Garth overturn the conviction putting him a lonely position.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trampas (credit only)
Steve Hill (credit only)
The Virginian (credit only)
Jake Carewe
Alice Finley
Oliver Smith
Burt Adams
Gilbert Green ...
Patrick McVey ...
Clyde Carey
Joseph Denton
Conlan Carter ...
Lennie Carewe
Johnson (as Steven Darrell)


Judge Garth is asked to run against a younger man for a judgeship. When Betsy asks him if he will run, he reminds her of a promise he made to her ten years earlier when she was five. At that time Garth as the local judge had to confront a capital case. A jury found Billy Carewe guilty of first degree murder. He was a member of the Carewe family who had terrorized Medicine Bow before the family went to Montana. Five of the family members return to Medicine Bow led by Jake Carewe to seek Billy's release. They try legal means via a rookie attorney who defended Billy and now tries to provide Judge Garth with an out on the case but they are rebuffed by Judge Garth. They threaten the town with destruction by fire causing the citizens to ask Garth to release the prisoner. At the same time the new sheriff quits the job when the Carewes rough him up and after Judge Garth learns he has been seeing Garth's intended Alice Finley without Garth's knowledge. The Judge is forced to think creatively ... Written by Anonymous

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16 January 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Carewe family values
16 August 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The young regulars do not appear in this Virginian episode as Lee J. Cobb recalls his early days when he was a judge in the town of Medicine Bow. A rather wild family named Carewe, oldest brother played by Clu Gulager had been running roughshod over the town until the youngest is arrested for murder and tried and convicted.

At this point the defense attorney John Kerr puts in a motion for the judge to set aside the verdict on the grounds that there is prejudice against the Carewes. They are mean, bottom feeding, backshooting family and they start putting on enough pressure on the citizens to in turn pressure Cobb to grant the motion.

This is a really crackerjack episode about Shiloh's owner standing up for law and order in the west. In the end Judge Garth turns into Judge Roy Bean.

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