The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Bitter Autumn 

Clay and Holly Grainger take over for John as a herd from Texas is brought in by Kyle Jackson and his brothers. However, things turn tragic when Trampas discovers the herd is sick and a brother accidentally kills the wife of an ex-lawman.

Director:

Don McDougall

Writers:

Ken Finley (story), Andy Lewis | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bickford ... John Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker
Don Quine ... Stacey Grainger (credit only)
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger
John Anderson ... Sam McLain
Steve Carlson Steve Carlson ... Willy Jackson
Jeanette Nolan ... Holly Grainger
Richard X. Slattery ... Kyle Jackson
Virginia Gregg ... Hattie McLain
Shelly Novack Shelly Novack ... Stone Jackson
Craig Huxley ... Johnny McLain (as Craig Hundley)
Dabbs Greer ... Ed Harger
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Storyline

The Jackson brothers have driven a herd of cattle from Texas to Shiloh that Clay Grainger hopes to purchase. Clay and his wife Holly also from Texas have taken over from John who is away on business. However, Trampas believes the cattle may be infected with Blackleg fever which he noticed when he and Clay visit Kyle Jackson at the herd. At the same time Hattie McLain and her son Johnny leave their remote ranch and her husband Sam a retired but renown Texas marshal to deliver a string of horses to Shiloh and pickup supplies at Medicine Bow. The two younger Jackson brothers go to Medicine Bow to celebrate and while drunk they have a shooting contest. The younger brother Willy accidentally kills Hattie when a ricochet hits her. Ryker arrests the two brothers just as Kyle learns the herd may be sick and must be quarantined. It soon becomes apparent to Kyle that even if some of the herd survives, he will loose the herd due to feed costs. At the same time Sam McLain wants revenge for the ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1967 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode marked John McIntire's first appearance as a series regular. See more »

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