The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Showdown 

The Virginian arrives in Monolith, Arizona to buy cattle from the Landers family but finds himself in the middle of a feud between them and the city Marshall Frome and his brother. The Fromes seem overbearing but maybe with a


Don McDougall


Gene L. Coon, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Roberta Shore ... Betsy Garth (credit only)
Randy Boone ... Randy Benton (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian
Michael Ansara ... Marshall Merle Frome
Peter Whitney ... Jake Landers
Tom Skerritt ... Billy Landers
Leonard Nimoy ... Benjamin Frome
Barry Kelley ... Sheriff Jim Brady
Leslie Perkins Leslie Perkins ... Junie
Edward Faulkner ... Tom Landers (as Ed Faulkner)
Cal Bartlett ... Bobby Landers (as Calvin Bartlett)
Dabbs Greer ... Doc


The Virginian arrives in Monolith, Arizona to buy cattle from the Landers family. Upon arrival the city Marshall warns him not to buy cattle from them. The next day the Virginian inspects the cattle and buys $5000 worth. When he and two of Landers boys return to town, one of the boys ends up in a fight but all three are arrested. The Virginian learns that no one likes Marshall Frome or his brother the deputy because of their heavy tactics. The brothers are released from jail but The Virginian is not. The Landers bring in the herd of cattle for The Virginian but the Marshall seizes the cattle and Shiloh money. The Marshall is shot by someone and assumes it was Billy Landers. when The Virginian goes to see Jake Landers, he finds Tom Landers using a running iron to brand cattle. On his return to town he spots Deputy Ben Frome who has been dragged by the Landers boys. At the Marshall's office he learns they skinned a couple of the cattle to prove that the Landers have been systematically ... Written by Anonymous

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In Showdown, the characters Leonard Nimoy and Michael Ansara portrayed were somewhat similar to the characters they would eventually play on Star Trek (Spock, Kang respectively). Ben Frome (Nimoy) was stone-faced and taciturn, showing little to no emotion throughout the episode. Merle Frome (Ansara) was grim but talkative, and he smiled once at the end of the episode. See more »

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Fun people but cattle thieves
11 May 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode has James Drury in Arizona on a cattle buying trip. He's bying from genial Peter Whitney and his sons. Drury runs afoul of the Fromes brothers who are Michael Ansara and Leonard Nimoy and who are the law.

Whitney and his sons may be fun people but they're doing a lot of rustling and changing brands with running irons. Drury has to make some tough decisions that could be expensive.

Nice performances from the guest cast.

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14 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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