The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Strangers at Sundown 

TV-PG | | Western | Episode aired 3 April 1963
A outlaw gang traps Garth and Betsy and several stagecoach passengers at a way station. The gang wants one of the passengers who betrayed the gang. The people discuss their lives as time expires on whether to turn over the man.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Henry Garth
Trampas (credit only)
Steve Hill (credit only)
The Virginian (credit only)
Kendall Jones
Betsy Garth
George Pauk
Jed Carter
Tom Croft
Evans Evans ...
Phyllis Carter
Lucy Wallace
John Wallace
Berkeley Harris ...
Leonard P. Geer ...
1st Outlaw
Bill Catching ...
2nd Outlaw


Judge Garth and Betsy returning from cattle meetings in Montana are two of eight passengers on a stagecoach which is attacked during a rest stop. Besides the Garths the passengers include an older couple, a young couple, and two men one of who is a personable and exuberant sewing machine peddler. They race to the Sundown way station that is heavily fortified but the driver is killed on the way there. The way station was once a Montana Territorial Prison that has been decommissioned. The station master is an ex prisoner who suffers from battle fatigue. Judge Garth learns from the gang leader that they want a man named George Wilson but no one in the group uses that name. Garth is able to deduce who Wilson is and Wilson comes forward telling them that he used to be part of the outlaw band but betrayed them and they want revenge. With emotions high the group narrowly votes to protect him. After a gunfight in which both sides takes losses, the gang applies greater pressure forcing the ... Written by Anonymous

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3 April 1963 (USA)  »

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Will the real George Wilson come out?
23 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

A really fine cast of name character players really make this Virginian episode one of the outstanding ones of the series.

Lee J. Cobb and Roberta Shore are returning to Shiloh ranch by stagecoach along with an assortment of passengers somewhat like the group on the John Ford classic Stagecoach. They are set on by a band of outlaws who want a man named George Wilson who betrayed them back in the day. They chase the coach into a station stop where grizzled old Arthur Hunnicutt is the station master. The outlaws led by Paul Richards then try a siege at a station that was an old army prison and built for sieges.

The real Wilson is revealed and it gets right down to the nitty gritty as to whether he will be forced out to save the others. You also get real deep into the character of the people in the siege and you find they've got varying degrees of character.

When you've got folks like Skip Homeier, Malcolm Atterbury, Harry Morgan, Evan Evans, Jocelyn Brando and Richard Anderson besides those already mentioned this is not an episode to miss.

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