The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Small Parade 

The Virginian, Trampas. and Steve help a vegetarian with a chimp who is framed for murder and a single woman with a group of orphans. Although they start trying to adopt out the kids, they soon become match makers for the couple and kids.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Martin Reese
Ellen Beecher
Ben Winters
George Brenlin ...
Sheriff Sam Roebuck
Charlie Dell
Jack Bandon
Art Meadows
Bill Goforth
Alan Dexter ...
George Jensen
Gus Schultz


While returning to Shiloh, Steve, Trampas, and The Virginian encounter Martin Reese with his pet chimp. Martin is promoting the idea that people should be vegetarians which is not a popular idea in cattle country. The trio befriend Martin when a man threatens to shoot the chimp. Later the man is found dead and Martin is blamed for it resulting in a posse on his trail. Continuing on the trip the trio encounter Ellen Beecher and a large group of orphans she is escorting to an orphanage unknown to the kids. She supports them via readings including Oliiver Twist. The trio knowing her and the kids have met Martin decide to help and protect the group. The Virginian finds Martin who says he is innocent and while Steve and Trampas decide to find families to adopt the kids but are unsuccessful. They come to realize Martin is innocent and that he and Ellen have a special relationship with the orphans and each other but they have to resolve the murder and feelings of the locals. Written by Anonymous

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20 February 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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John Banner plays a character named Schultz in this episode. Two years later he would play his most famous role, Sgt. Schultz on Hogan's Heroes (1965). See more »

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The vegan lifestyle
18 August 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A whole slew of character players that are most familiar are in this Virginian episode where David Wayne and Barbara Barrie co-star. The Virginian, Trampas, and Steve save Wayne and his pet chimpanzee from a mob. Wayne is preaching on the virtues of being a vegan years before it became popular and the healthy chimp is testimony to that lifestyle. Nice but not a popular subject where the main occupation is raising beef cattle.

Later on however Wayne is suspected of killing trapper Morgan Woodward who was harassing him. The men from Shiloh ranch look for him and protect a ragamuffin bunch of kids and their guardian Barbara Barrie who look to Wayne as a father figure.

Nice story with a great cast.

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