The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Mustangers 

The Virginian and David are to pick up a herd of horses Shiloh needs for a cattle drive. The horses are stolen from the seller so they must catch and break a new herd but a conflict between a father and his son over his future intervenes.

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Clay Grainger (credit only)
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Trampas (credit only)
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David Sutton
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Elizabeth Grainger (credit only)
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The Virginian
James Edwards ...
Ben Harper
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Joe Williams
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Cal Hobson
Chuck Daniel ...
Dewey Harper
William Paul Burns ...
Roy (as William Burns)
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Soapie
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Heather
Mina Martinez ...
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Dewey Harper the son of a renown black mustang tamer, Ben Harper, returns home from school due to a lack of funds to continue school. At the same time The Virginian and David Sutton arrive at the ranch to buy horses from the owner Joe Williams. However, the horses are stolen from the ranch while David and Ben stand guard. Since the stolen horses cannot be recovered, Williams suspects a neighbor Cal Hobson who deals in horses stole them but there is no proof. The Virginian decides to roundup a new group of mustangs and break them. Due to the lack of help Ben and David go to Soapies to hire men where David is forced to fight to get only three men. Ben objects when The Virginian decides to hire his son Dewey over Ben's objections to catch the horses. When Ben learns he is too old to continue breaking horses but his son not only wants to take his place but is a natural, he teams up with the suspected horse rustler Hobson for the money to send his son back to school to keep him away from ... Written by Anonymous

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4 December 1968 (USA)  »

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Talky horse opera
17 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Flabby yarn doesn't deliver enough rugged action. Verbose script is given to rambling speeches (an uneasy Drury is stuck with one of them) but never gets around to making the racial statement implied by the casting of edgy black actor James Edwards as the washed-up bronco buster. Still, there are a few redeeming surprises, including a transparent depiction of a busy western bordello and an unexpectedly raw ending. The acting temperatures run the spectrum from overheated (Edwards), tepid (John Agar), to unthawed (David Hartman). The lack of rapport between The Virginian and Hartman's tangle-footed David Sutton character is painfully obvious.


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