The Virginian (1962–1971)

The Good-Hearted Badman 

Elizabeth finds a man shot in the shoulder. Her and Clay return him to Shiloh but the hands are gone. The two plus Holly help the man recover but a bounty hunter arrives looking for his quarry as Elizabeth only sees the good in him.


James Sheldon


Robert Van Scoyk, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Don Quine ... Stacey Grainger
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Pete Duel ... Jim Dewey aka Thomas Baker (as Peter Deuel)
Jeanette Nolan ... Holly Grainger
John Larch ... Ben Hicks
Anthony Zerbe ... Jake Powell
K.L. Smith K.L. Smith ... Bogen
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Farmer
Stuart Nisbet ... Bartender
John Stevens John Stevens ... Dobbs
Robert Rothwell ... Kelliher


Elizabeth finds the outlaw Jim Dewey shot and about to die from blood loss. Her and Clay bring him back to Shiloh where everyone is gone except the two of them and Holly due to a cattle drive. While they nurse Dewey back to health, the bounty hunter Ben Hicks arrives revealing the outlaw's identity and wanting to take him in preferably dead but Clay stops him. He goes to Medicine Bow where he learns more about Graingers and the hands being gone as he looks for help. The trio helps Dewey recover as Clay reveals to Thomas Baker they know his real name is Jim Dewey who is wanted in Nebraska for murder. Elizabeth is persuaded by Jim he really has a good side and she is torn on whether to help his gang find him by putting a tepee symbol on the gate to the ranch. Meanwhile, in Medicine Bow Hicks finds a group of drifters willing to help for $100 in gold each as Dewey has a $5,000 bounty on his head. At the same time the Dewey gang member Powell finds Elizabeth's mark. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

7 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pete Duel, guest star in this episode, is listed as "Peter Deuel". This spelling of his surname is the way his family spelled it. See more »

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