The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Virginian takes a herd to a town on the border with Canada but the bank is robbed making his bank draft worthless. He tracks the robbers into Canada to recover the $100,000 but they work for the buyer of the beef at his empire.


Abner Biberman


W.R. Burnett (story), Sy Salkowitz (story) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bickford ... John Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker
Don Quine ... Stacey Grainger (credit only)
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger
Leslie Nielsen ... Winthrop
Barbara Bouchet ... Marianne
Kipp Hamilton ... Gloria
Willard Sage ... Clete
Paul Picerni ... Parks
Don Wilbanks ... Appleby
H.M. Wynant ... The Man
Shug Fisher ... Desk Clerk


The Viginian takes a herd of cattle to Larksville, Montana near the Canadian border for the ranchers in Medicine Bow. At the bank he receives the $100,000 for the herd converting it to a bank draft on the spot. However, the bank is robbed as soon as he leaves the bank making the bank draft worthless. Being on the border the local law is unable to help as the thieves head into Canada. Realizing he can't go home without the money, The Virginian alone tracks the robbers into Canada where he learns the real thief is the buyer of the cattle Winthrop who controls the area and people around him in his own empire. He quickly realizes he has few options while he scouts Winthrop's operation for any weaknesses as Winthrop enjoys the cat and mouse game with The Virginian. Winthrop has a live in girl friend Gloria who is loved by Winthrop's financial manager Cletes while "The Man" silently trails The Virginian. The Virginian devises a sting to recover the funds but not without consequences for ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

27 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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There is a town named Winthrop located in the State of Washington which looks like a western town. See more »

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Nielsen has Winthrop City pretty wired
21 March 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of The Virginian has our title character driving a herd of cattle to a Canadian border town to be sold to Leslie Nielsen. Only the second that Nielsen brings in the money and James Drury gets a bank draft the bank is robbed. Drury has no choice but to trail the robbers and the road leads to Nielsen's town in Alberta.

Nielsen's the Ben Cartwright of the area and he's got the local Ponderosa. He's not an honest guy like Ben Cartwright and he steals back the $100,000.00 he bought the cattle from The Virginian because he has a cash flow problem. But he's got his town of Winthrop City pretty wired.

He does have a weakness for women and Drury bringing in pretty French coquette Barbara Bouchet to get Kim Hamilton jealous looks like a good gambit. Nielsen and Hamilton are in fact living together without benefit of clergy. It's the 60s now and even in westerns set in the previous century that could now be shown.

Nielsen's a shrewd guy, but The Virginian proves to be foxier.

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