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The Virginian (1914)

Passed | | Western | 7 September 1914 (USA)
A good-natured but chivalrous cowboy romances the local schoolmarm and leads the posse that brings a gang of rustlers, which includes his best friend, to justice.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Owen Wister (novel), Kirk La Shelle (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dustin Farnum ... The Virginian
Jack W. Johnston ... Steve
Sydney Deane Sydney Deane ... Uncle Hughey
William Elmer ... Trampas
Winifred Kingston ... Molly Wood
James Griswold James Griswold ... Stage Driver
Horace B. Carpenter ... Mexican Henchman
Tex Driscoll ... Henchman Shorty
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Wyoming schoolteacher Molly Wood is attracted to a cowboy known as "The Virginian." He has to help hang his best friend Steve when the latter falls in with a bunch of cattle thieves led by Trampas. Eventually the Virginian must take on the bad guys and get the girl. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A virginiai See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$17,022 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(1994: AMC print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The actual credit for Cecil B. DeMille on the film is: "Picturized by Cecil B. De Mille." See more »

Goofs

As the Virginian and his posse approach the rustlers, it is clearly daylight, but when the camera cuts to the outlaws' campfire, it is clearly night. See more »

Quotes

Trampas: It's your bet, you son of a ...
The Virginian: When you call me that, Trampas, you smile.
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Alternate Versions

In 1994, American Classic Movies Company copyrighted and broadcast a 55-minute version with a piano score, but no other details were given. See more »

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"When You Say That, Smile"
6 June 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Cecil B. DeMille's second feature film was this oldest of westerns where a whole lot of what became cliché was original. Owen Wister's novel The Virginian was the first of the adult western fiction that spawned the careers of such writers as Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour. Previous to that the penny dreadfuls of the 19th century from such hack writers as Ned Buntline covered that field.

A lot of the principal players from DeMille's first film The Squaw Man carried over into The Virginian including star Dustin Farnum who played The title role and his wife Winifred Kingston who played the first of westerns crinoline heroines schoolmarm Molly Wood. A cliché in the making.

The story is familiar to everyone. Kingston has come west out of boredom with the east and becomes the new school teacher in a rough and very rural part of Wyoming territory. The mysterious man known only as The Virginian is your cowboy hero with a bit of rough humor to him. There's a scene here about how he and his playful pals switch babies in a make shift nursery and how couples at a square dance all go home with the wrong babies. Can't see Gary Cooper or Joel McCrea doing that.

But the basic plot we know is there. The Virginian's pal Steve after a warning from Farnum gets caught cattle rustling and Farnum is forced to hang him. He also swears to get Trampas played by Billy Elmer and Trampas who already has a grudge against The Virginian is out to get him as well.

It turns out like you would expect, but this was the mold they all came from.


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