The 1901 novel on which the movie is based added the iconic "Smile when you say that" to American slang (the quote is actually "when you call me that, smile" from the book). The "that" is "son of a bitch". In the era in which the story occurs (~1875), one did not call someone else an SOB without expecting to be punched out. It was, however, acceptable for friends to call each other SOBs, in good humor. Hence, "Smile when you call me that." See more »
When the Virginian gets shot by the rustlers, and falls off of his horse, the position of his arm and head changes between camera angles. See more »
I've seen many of the VIRGINIAN movies over the years from 1924 to the present and this one is more descriptive and the acting is great by Bill Pullman. Naturally with newer settings and color it is better, but the older ones, 1929 with Gary Cooper and 1946 with Joel McCrea had their merits.
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