The Virginian (1962–1971)
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A King's Ransom 

Clay is kidnapped by three gang members for a $20,000 ransom or the threat of his death and the burning of Medicine Bow. Adding to the situation is the wife of the gang leader staying at Shiloh in order to escape him but he wants her back.


Joseph Pevney


John D.F. Black, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Tim Matheson ... Jim Horn
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian
Patrick Macnee ... Connor
Jackie DeShannon ... Mag Connor
Jeanette Nolan ... Holly Grainger
Don Knight ... Henry
Michael Pate ... Alf
Ross Elliott ... Sheriff Mark Abbott
Alan Baxter ... Ben Thomas
Ann Doran ... Annie Thomas
Bud Perkins Bud Perkins ... Banker (as Budd Perkins)


During a church social dance in Medicine Bow Clay Grainger makes a deal to buy a pair of geldings from Ben Thomas who uses Mr. Connor to drive up the price. After buying the horses, Clay decides to ride one home. Along the way he is kidnapped for a $20,000 ransom and a threat of burning Medicine Bow by three men from the San Francisco Hounds gang. The gang originated in Australia but were expelled from the country. They hold Clay in a pit inside an abandoned mine. The gang leader's wife Mag from Louisville, Kentucky tries to leave them and eventually makes her way to Shiloh to help Holly but the leader of the gang, Connor, wants her back. Due to the danger to Clay and Medicine Bow The Virginian and the Sheriff decide it is too dangerous to send out a posse. The Virginian and Jim Horn try searching as if they were herding cattle. During the search Connor contacts The Virginian with a note from Clay to which Connor adds the requirement to send his wife with the ransom. Holly is forced ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

25 February 1970 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The San Francisco Hounds
2 August 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A vicious gang from Australia who were expelled from there and settled in San Francisco known as The Hounds kidnap John McIntire and want $20,000.00 in ransom. Of course Jeanette Nolan and Sara Lane are ready to pay.

Patrick MacNee heads the gang and the two henchmen are Michael Pate who is a genuine Aussie and Don Knight. MacNee's much younger wife pop star Jackie DeShannon wants out, but MacNee won't let her go.

Too bad because the Hounds might have gotten away with it if he had just sent her on her merry way.

MacNee is really fascinating in this Virginian story. A complete picture of amorality is what he gives the audience.

And the audience will like it.

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