The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Price of Love 

An orphan who lived with the Graingers in Texas 15 years earlier comes through Medicine Bow. He decides to stay and work for them and is very protective of the Graingers but his years away from them have changed him - in a bad way.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clay Grainger
David Sutton (credit only)
Elizabeth Grainger
The Virginian
Denny Todd (as Peter Deuel)
Holly Grainger
Sheriff Mark Abbott
Jean Peloquin ...
George Edwards
Telegraph Operator


Denny Todd is headed north for a job and lands in Medicine Bow when his horse throws a shoe. When he starts a fight with two men who rode over him outside town, he is joined by Trampas as the two men from the Kimbro ranch were picking on Trampas as well. There is a feud between the Kimbro ranch and Shiloh over the ownership of a waterhole that is being settled in court. After the fight Denny learns the Graingers are at Shiloh. Denny lived with them for three years as a child after they found him in Texas. He had escaped the Apaches after they orphaned and took him captive. Clay and Holly welcome him into their home again. After a cowboy plays a prank on Trampas but catches Clay in it at a party, Denny severely beats the cowboy nearly killing him. Denny saves Clay from a rock slide but uses it as an excuse to help Clay in his fight over ownership of the waterhole. The Virginian feels Denny has personality issues but the Graingers are blind to it as they remember the young boy they ... Written by Anonymous

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12 February 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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He couldn't help it
24 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Grim psychological study, written by Dick Carr and directed by Michael Caffey, features a showy performance by gifted lost soul Peter Deuel, who plays Denny Todd, a footloose gunman fanatically devoted to the Graingers. The extremely mercurial Denny can be friendly one minute but brutally angry the next, and apt to lash out at any affront. But Denny is far from villainous in the usual sense: He can't help himself, and Carr's script takes the trouble to explain what made him that way. Deuel's fine acting seems to rub off on John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan, who are at their best as Clay and Holly Grainger. Laconic character actor James Griffith makes his single scene count as a decadent hired gun.

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