The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Another's Footsteps 

The Virginian tracks the man who killed a young friend in a bank robbery. He finds the man's wife and young son alone on a run down ranch. Finding they need help, he stays on as a ranch hand but soon finds himself in a misguided situation.

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Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
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Trampas (credit only)
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Steve Hill
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The Virginian
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Karen Anders
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Tom Anders
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Dan Grant
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Randy Benton
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Tim Anders
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Sheriff Mark Abbott
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Smudge
Richard Garland ...
Stevens
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1st Indian
Jon Drury ...
Tolliver
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Pooch
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Dan Grant, a close and young friend of The Virginian, goes into the bank with The Virginian and is killed by outlaws when he refuses to give up his new pistol as asked. The outlaws leave behind a set of horses where they had remounts waiting. The Virginian and sheriff determine one of the horses came from a ranch in Montana by its brand. The Virginian decides to go alone to track the outlaws. He finds the ranch and via various clues finds two of the outlaws. Evidence points him toward the home of the third man who was the shooter. The Virginian finds a run-down ranch with a sick wife and young boy. He nurses the woman back to health and helps them fix-up the ranch while he awaits the return of her husband who had used an alias. he develops a close bond with the son and he and the wife develop a mutual attraction to each other. The husband arrives as The Virginian is preparing to leave and they recognize each other leading to sad result for all involved. Written by Anonymous

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11 March 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Hondo Redux
11 September 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Elements of the John Wayne classic Hondo are present in this Virginian episode. James Drury is on a manhunt into Montana territory for three bank robbers and his only clue is a horse left behind with the brand of a Montana ranch.

He finds the first two, John Mitchum and Jon Drury in a town celebrating their ill gotten gains. Both of them pin the murder on the third man. On the hunt for him, The Virginian stops off at another small ranch and finds it kind of run down with a sick mother and a young son, who are played by Sheree North and Dennis Holmes.

At this point the Hondo allegory kicks in. The Virginian forms a realtionship with the wife and kid and hopes to God the absent husband played by John Agar isn't the man he's looking for.

The Virginian redid several big screen westerns in its run for the show. Need I say it doesn't quite work out for James Drury as it did for the Duke.


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