The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Mark of a Man 

The Virginian takes responsibility for a young man he injured when the man vandalized Medicine Bow. The man is intelligent but from a poor background. His girlfriend's wealthy father wants him gone to protect his daughter who is in love.


(as Tony Leader)


, (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Sherriff Emmett Ryker
Randy Benton (credit only)
Diane Roter ...
Gran McDevitt
Richard LePore ...
Will Rountree
Doctor Stanton
Stuart Nisbet ...


Johnny Younce is a young man in Medicine Bow who feels the world has caved in on him after he is fired by Tolliver at the saloon. While The Virginian is in town, Johnny becomes enraged resulting in a wild rampage against the town breaking windows and setting fires. The Virginian tries to stop him but in the ensuing fight Johnny hits his head on a wagon wheel resulting in a concussion. The action is out of character for Johnny so The Virginian takes an interest in him. The doctor says he is not safe in jail so The Virginian offers to take him to Shiloh and put up his bail. Johnny is friends with Jennifer who tends to him and later helps him. Slowly the Virginian learns what is behind Johnny's problems; wealthy Eben McDevitt believes his daughter Susan is too good for him and wants Johnny run out of town. Susan is a very close friend to Jennifer who knows all the details. Johnny apologizes to the Jewish tailor Jake for breaking his window resulting in Jake helping Johnny with a new suit... Written by Anonymous

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20 April 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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5 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

TV westerns don't get much worse than this last and least season four effort. Shameless story with dismally maudlin finale plays like a reject from a soppy medical series. Script does promising actor Barry Primus no favors, failing to provide a rational explanation why his disaffected character is shunned apart from a lack of money, surely not an unusual predicament in the Old West. Primus would have a much better western role later in the independent feature "Heartland," giving a tangy performance as a scruffy ranch hand. For not the first time in season four, Shiloh is left to run itself while The Virginian is yoked to Medicine Bow to help the townsfolk sort out their personal issues.

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