The Virginian (1962–1971)
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To Make This Place Remember 

Garth is asked by a friend to put on a defense for a son who has already been hung. The community fights it but Garth plunges ahead with the aid of a judge. The outcome uncovers several unpleasant facts about the community and the truth.

Writers:

Harold Swanton, Owen Wister (novel)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Gary Clarke ... Steve Hill (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Joan Blondell ... Rosanna Dobie
John Dehner ... Frank Sturgis
William Mims William Mims ... York
Catherine McLeod ... Amy Sturgis
James Bell ... Dr. David T. Harvey
William Bramley William Bramley ... Charlie Tressider
Virginia Christine ... Leora Tressider
John Hoyt ... Judge Harper
Herb Vigran ... Arthur Wyman
Jack Easton Jr. Jack Easton Jr. ... Ben Sturgis
Joanna Crawford Joanna Crawford ... Milly DeWitt
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Storyline

Judge Garth is asked to prove a young man he helped through school was hanged for a murder he did not commit. Saloon owner Rosanna Dobie illegitimate son was lynched by a local justice committee headed by Judge Garth's ex-law partner Frank Sturgis for murdering a young girl he had a relationship with after a local celebration. Rosanna and her son were always looked down upon because of their background but the son had been a very successful rancher and businessman. Garth with the aid of Judge Harper puts on a mock trail with Garth as the defense attorney and Frank Sturgis as the prosecutor. The trial brings out the true biases of the community and dredges up facts not easily accepted by the residents and the girl's family. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Second appearance of John Dehner, who late in Season 4 as Morgan Starr would replace Judge Garth as the operator of Shiloh ranch after Garth was appointed Governor. Unlike his character here, Starr and Garth were friends. Dehner appeared as Starr 4 times in Season 4, and then once more as another character in Season 8. See more »

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Considering the source
26 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Considering that the original source for the series was the Owen Wister novel The Virginian, it's highly ironic that this story is opposed to lynch violence. The original novel and the feature films made from same is a story about how The Virginian catches his best friend rustling cattle and he hung him on the spot. In the absence of constituted law you make your own was the novel's premise.

In this story an old colleague from the bar from Judge Garth, John Dehner led a lynch mob and hung the son of Joan Blondell when it was claimed he murdered a young girl in a grisly matter. With John Hoyt as judge presiding, Lee J. Cobb acts as defense counsel for the lynched party if he were alive with Dehner prosecuting. The truth is learned out of the proceedings.

An interesting episode considering what the novel The Virginian was all about.


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