The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Man Who Couldn't Die 

Garth trails a woman to San Francisco who he believes is part of a con game involving a railroad deal. Garth kills a man who he believes to be a part of it. However, when no body can be found, he and others start to question his sanity.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Miss Wallace
Paul J. Willson
Lt. Paul Kenner
Pat McCaffrie ...
Tom Rodell
George Mitchell
Brendan Dillon ...
Mr. Bemis
Max Slaten ...
Cab Driver
Anne Loos ...
Kitty Rodell


Judge Garth shoots and kills Paul Willson in Willson's office in San Francisco during a fight over a business venture. Garth believes Willson and his partner Bradford are swindlers. Garth reports it to the police but when they investigate there is no body or evidence of the incident. Garth wakes a federal marshal he knows and tells the history of why he is there. Months earlier Miss Wallace, a widow, arrives in Medicine Bow to open a finishing school for young women. Garth hires her as a governess for Betsy who he had planned to send to school in Boston. Both Garth and Betsy come to love Miss Wallace and enjoy her company. When Betsy sees her searching through Judge Garth's desk, Garth confronts Miss Wallace but she denies it. When she leaves Shiloh during the middle of the night, Garth trails her to San Francisco where he learns the truth about her involvement. Written by Anonymous

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30 January 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Family ties
13 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The shared affection between Lee J. Cobb's Judge Garth and Roberta Shore as his daughter Betsy helped the series gain a foothold with family audiences that most westerns couldn't obtain. Their interaction here is more involving than the plot's vanishing corpse gimmick and ensuing melodramatic complications. Garth wants Betsy to have a finishing school education based on some vague Victorian notion about taking her place in society. Betsy thinks his sense of propriety is misplaced and can't understand what learning piano sonatas and the correct way to curtsy has to do with living on a cattle ranch. This conflict puts a strain on their relationship, which the viewer hopes will survive undamaged in the end.

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