The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Ryker is offered the job of stopping a small rancher from paying a mortgage. He is too honest to do it but is framed for killing the rancher. He is a good lawman and the sheriff wants him as a deputy but Ryker wants to save his name first.


Don Richardson


Frank Fenton, Owen Wister (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker
Roberta Shore ... Betsy Garth
Randy Boone ... Randy Benton
James Drury ... The Virginian
Leslie Nielsen ... John Hagen
Anne Helm ... Janet Hale
Berkeley Harris Berkeley Harris ... Jack Karns
Jan Merlin ... Sam Lake
Ron Soble ... Stackler
Russ Conway ... Ed Hale
Ross Elliott ... Sheriff Mark Abbott
Francis McDonald ... Storekeeper
James Seay ... Cruickshank


Emmett Ryker is summoned to Medicine Bow by John Hagen to stop Ed Hale from completing a cattle drive and paying a mortgage owed to Hagen. Ryker, however, always works on the side of the law and turns down the job. Hale is killed anyway and everyone assumes Ryker did it. When Ryker learns this, he decides to help Hale's daughter Janet and Trampas who has been seeing Janet frequently and was asked by her father to help with the drive. He deals himself in by cutting cards with her for half the ranch and wins. Hagen calls in Sam Lake who has a similar reputation to Ryker's but unknown to Hagen Lake and Ryker are close friends. Lake sides with Ryker and the two overpower Hagen's men sent to stampede the herd. When Lake is killed by Hagen's man, Ryker comes after Hagen. In the end of course The Virginian trumps both Trampas and Ryker, the new deputy, when it comes to women. Written by Anonymous

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16 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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Enter Emmet Ryker
9 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The third season of The Virginian opened with neighboring rancher Russ Conway asking Lee J. Cobb for the loan of a trail boss for his cattle drive. Cobb gives him Doug McClure for the job. Conway has to get his cattle to market to pay off a note to gambler Leslie Nielsen.

But Nielsen wants it all ranch, cattle, the works. He contracts to have Conway ambushed and killed and then spreads the rumor that it was visiting gambler/gunfighter Clu Gulagher who did the deed. Gulagher turned down Nielsen's job offer before.

This episode marked Clu Gulagher's debut as a Virginian regular. Clu was a guy born for western roles and the enigmatic Emmet Ryker fits him perfectly.

For Clu's fans everywhere.

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