The ranchers losing cattle with homesteaders the prime suspects nearly hang an innocent man. The Judge's decision to apply the law of the range to the suspected cattle thieves drives a wedge into the loyalty of his foreman.

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Homesteaders have moved into the area and the ranchers are missing cattle so they suspect the homesteaders. They nearly hang homesteader Jubal Tatum when they think he stole a calf. During the incident his leg is broken and The Virginian feels obliged to help Jubal's family on their farm until he recovers. The Virginian tracks down the stolen cattle and determines the homesteaders are not the problem. When fellow rancher Major Cass pushes Judge Garth for action against all the homesteaders, The Virginian decides to come to Jubal's aid even if it means going against Judge Garth. While waiting for the army of ranchers to arrive, Jubal reveals more about his involvement to The Virginian. Written by Anonymous

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3 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Crisis on the range
1 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Producer Charles Marquis Warren and stars Lee J. Cobb and James Drury leave indelible imprints on this stellar early episode. Warren and director Ted Post, frequent collaborators on the rugged series "Rawhide," produce the same rawboned authenticity here. Cobb and Drury work up an interesting dynamic: The principled Judge Garth is reluctant to make war on homesteaders, but he's grudgingly concluding that he has no choice; The Virginian disagrees and hopes to dissuade him without directly opposing a man he greatly respects. It's a fascinating historical coincidence that this episode about attempts to pull back from the brink of a cataclysmic event aired the same month as the Cuban Missile Crisis.


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