The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Ben Justin takes over a ranch next to Shiloh. He has had a string of bad luck including the death of his first wife. His son wants to help him but Ben keeps him and his wife Mary at arms length out of fear they will see the real Ben.


Paul Stanley


Richard Fielder (teleplay), James Duff McAdams (story) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker
Randy Boone ... Randy Benton
Diane Roter Diane Roter ... Jennifer Sommers
James Drury ... The Virginian
Charles Bronson ... Ben Justin
Lois Nettleton ... Mary Justin
George Kennedy ... Tom 'Bear' Suchette
Vito Scotti ... Gilly
Robert Random ... Will Justin (as Bob Random)
Edward Faulkner ... Andy Proctor
Robert P. Lieb Robert P. Lieb ... Mr. Howell
Davis Roberts ... Stationmaster
Russ Bender ... Doc Linell


Ben Justin along with his wife Mary and son by a previous wife move onto a ranch adjoining Shiloh. Due to past business failures and being abandoned by previous business partners, Ben has developed a wall around him avoiding help and contact with everyone around him, including his son and wife. He wants to prove he can succeed on his own and rejects even casual help. It alienates his wife and son who look to Shiloh for friends and help. The Virginian and Garth provide his son Will with a horse and teach him how to ride so he can help Ben. Mary has keeps it secret from Ben as she is doing it partly for her own benefit. Ben takes it the wrong way thinking there is something between Mary and The Virginian. When Ben takes a risky chance to improve his herd with an expensive bull, it backfires when his ranch is hit with the cattle disease aftosa. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Re-edited along with "Duel at Shiloh" (2 Jan. 1963) footage and released as the 1971 feature "The Bull of the West." See more »

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Down on his luck
2 June 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Virginian episode is an interesting character study presented by Charles Bronson whose career was pm the rise. As often as you would find Bronson on the big screen you would find him guest starring in many TV shows in the 60s. By the next decade he was an international star and his price was beyond TV series guest shots.

Bronson plays a down on his luck rancher, embittered by continual failure and the source of grief for his wife Lois Nettleton and his son by former marriage Robert Random..

Bronson has a chip on his shoulder the size of a two by four. He even imagines Nettleton having an affair with James Drury.

George Kennedy is also in this one playing a swaggering bully of another rancher. His stardom was coming soon with that Oscar he would get for Cool Hand Luke. He bullies Bronson and that makes this episode a rarity as you don't Bronson bullied.

Best scenes are with Bronson and Random. He has the kid marked down as weak and worthless and all Random wants is to earn his respect.

I'd check this one out.

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