The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Orchard 

Tim Bradbury wants to recreate the cattle ranch he had in Texas and feels Clay Grainger owes him the help. His son Walt wants to farm instead while his son Mike who works at Shiloh puts the family in financial peril with his gambling.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clay Grainger
David Sutton (credit only)
Elizabeth Grainger (credit only)
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Tim Bradbury
Chick Mead
Walt Bradbury
Mike Bradbury
Holly Grainger
Faith Bradbury
Sheriff Mark Abbott
Lew Brown ...
Jean Peloquin ...


Rustlers are hitting Shiloh with small raids but there is no proof who is behind it. Jean is slightly wounded with a warning shot from them but Clay doesn't want to go to the sheriff yet as he thinks the rustlers are local. Clay continues to help an old friend, Tim Bradbury, from 20 years ago in Texas who he feels obliged to since Tim went broke due to a drought after buying out Clay's share of their ranch and cattle. Clay went north and became wealthy. Tim has two sons. One, Mike, works for Clay but is unreliable and gambles heavily. The other son, Walt, is industrious but wants to farm to become financially solvent while his father continues to dream of rebuilding his Texas ranch life. Tim with a reluctant Walt goes to Clay to ask to delay his payment on the second mortgage to allow Tim to buy a $300 bull to start a herd. Due to his gambling, Mike becomes involved with the rustlers who are hitting Shiloh and adds to the strain in his family. Holly Grainger attempts to make Clay see ... Written by Anonymous

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2 October 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Everything but a good script
8 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Decorous, open-air early season episode has everything except what it needs most -- a script with logically developed characterizations. Impish Burgess Meredith, who usually landed on his feet in any role, is hard to take here as a supposedly once proud, prosperous rancher who accepts handouts from Clay Grainger oblivious to what a parasite he's become. His foolish son, played by Ben Murphy, is equally lacking in self-awareness, ripping off everyone in sight but totally clueless about the direction his petty larcenous bent is leading him. Brandon De Wilde, as Meredith's honest, sensible other son, comes off better, bringing the angular poise of a young Gary Cooper to his part. Environmentalists may be alarmed at script's cross-eyed assertion that uprooting trees is good for farmland.

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