The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Price of the Hanging 

MscKenzie is injured saving Tate on a cattle drive. Tate takes him to Concho for help only to find the doctor there is in jail and to hang the next day. Tate is able to secure his release but finds that it comes with some high costs.





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Episode cast overview:
Trampas (credit only)
The Virginian (credit only)
Judge John Markham
Mrs. Lori Kinkaid
Dr. Benjamin Kinkaid
Sheriff Sam Tolliver
Pitt Herbert ...
Seth Nagel
John Mitchum ...
Dorothy Raymond ...
Mrs. Markham


Colonel MacKenzie is seriously injured in an accident by Tate's horse when MacKenzie saves Tate after his horse is scared by a rattlesnake. Tate brings him into the nearest town, Concho, in a wagon looking for a doctor. He finds that the only doctor in town is in jail, scheduled to be hanged the next morning. Feeling personally reasonable for the Colonel, Tate must contend with the deputy, Lonnie, Sheriff Tolliver, and finally Judge John Markham to get access to Dr. Benjamin Kinkaid. Though Tate finally persuades the sentencing judge to let the doctor out under guard to treat the Colonel, after the surgery starts against the Judge's wishes, Tate learns there are two costs before the doctor will complete the operation. He wants $10,000 for his wife and Tate to prove the witness against him, Tracy, lied. When Tate investigates he learns that the judge may have been motivated more by a desire for vengeance than for justice. Written by rbecker28

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11 November 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Dire Doctor
8 June 2011 | by (Roseworthy, South Australia) – See all my reviews

Colonel MacKenzie is in a dire situation from injuries sustained on a cattle drive and Tate has gone into the nearest town to get help from the local doctor Benjamin Kinkaid. Tate has continual flashbacks about the situation that caused Colonel MacKenzie's injury.

However, at the doctor's practice, Tate is informed by the doctor's wife that the doctor is incarcerated due to be hung! Tate is on a mission to get the Colonel the medical help he requires but is refused by the local Law and Judge John Markham.

Later Judge Marham has a change of heart and allows the death row doctor a chance to help Colonel MacKenzie and with his diagnosis Dr Kinkaid informs Tate that an immediate operation is required.

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