The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Laramie Road 

Two tramps kill the wife of Ev Clinchy provoking the ire of Ev and his friend Hezekiah who want to lynch them. The sheriff keeps them at bay but when he is killed it is up to Ryker to protect the men against his close friends for trial.

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Judge Henry Garth
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Trampas (credit only)
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Emmett Ryker
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Randy Benton (credit only)
Diane Roter ...
Jennifer Sommers (credit only)
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The Virginian
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Harry Lightfoot
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Ev Clinchy
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Hezekiah
Berkeley Harris ...
Arnold 'Crouch' Hudkins
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Velvet-Rose
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Mary Clinchy
Harlan Warde ...
Sheriff John Brannan
Rory Stevens ...
Timothy Clinchy
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Mr. Peterson
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Two vagabonds traveling through Medicine Bow appear to have murdered the wife of a local bartender. The residents are upset and afraid the two men may be released due to a lack of proof. The two vagabonds kill the sheriff while trying to escape with a knife they hid. Deputy Sherrif Ryker has to take over and is unable to control the mob threatening the jail led by the husband Ev and his friend Hezekiah. At the urging of his girlfriend Velvet Rose when they threaten to dynamite the front of the jail, Ryker decides to move the prisoners to Laramie. He stops at Shiloh for help where Judge Garth forces the lynch mod to back down for a while. With the help of The Virginian Ryker heads for the Laramie stage but realizes he must face the residents of Medicine Bow if he is have their respect as sheriff in the future. Written by Anonymous

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Western

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TV-PG
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8 December 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Good acting saves the show
16 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

The ACLU would be proud of this somber episode's assertion that the law must protect the rights of the guilty as zealously as the innocent if democracy is to thrive. Unfortunately, the point is driven home in the heavy, preachy manner typical of season four. Precise acting keeps the sermon bearable though, with Clu Gulager as the deeply conflicted Ryker, Lee J. Cobb in one of his last appearances as Judge Garth, Harold J. Stone, Claude Akins and the remarkable Leslie Nielsen. Playing a depraved wanderer who casually uses and discards any easy pickings that cross his path, including unprotected women, Nielsen proves he can subvert his stoic image as effectively for drama as could late in his career for comedy in the "Naked Gun" series and movies.


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