The Virginian (1962–1971)
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One Spring Like Long Ago 

TV-PG | | Western | Episode aired 2 March 1966
Morgan Starr and Randy Benton travel to sell a herd of cattle to an Indian agent to feed the Dakota, but find themselves on a journey of loss and finding, resulting in a change for many lives but especially for Randy.


Herman Hoffman


Robert Sabaroff, Owen Wister (novel)


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Episode cast overview:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Clu Gulager ... Sheriff Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Randy Boone ... Randy Benton
Diane Roter Diane Roter ... Jennifer Summers (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
John Dehner ... Morgan Starr
Eduard Franz ... Two Hawks
Warren Oates ... Bowers
Martine Bartlett ... Margaret McKinley
Clive Clerk ... Tonka
Garry Walberg ... Harry Weatherby
Charles Seel Charles Seel ... The Store Proprietor
John War Eagle ... High Sun
Vince St. Cyr Vince St. Cyr ... 1st Guard (as Vincent St. Cyr)


Morgan Starr and Randy Benton ride a long way to the Dakotas to sell a herd of cattle for the consumption of an Indian tribe. Starr planned to sell 3000 head but the crooked, heartless Indian agent Harry Weatherby will only buy 500 head. One of the older braves High Sun had left the reservation illegally but when he saw a herd of buffaloes, he returned to tell the other braves who see it as a sign of life. Bowers, son of a Comanchero, who brought back High Sun is told by Weatherby to prevent High Sun from talking to anyone. The young brave Tonka and his father Two Hawks ask Morgan to help them talk to High Sun. After High Sun reveals the existence of the buffalo herd, the braves rejoice. The two men become embroiled in the local tribe's problems when Two Hawks and Tonka steal Morgan and Randy's horses as well as Morgan's saddle. After buying new horses from Weatherby who puts a $100 bounty on the heads of the two Indians, they track them to the herd of buffalo. Along the way they are ... Written by heathentart

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2 March 1966 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Listed in the ending credits: The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of The Department of Game, Fish and Parks, Custer State Park, Hermosa, South Dakota. See more »


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A sermon
31 March 2013 | by pfors-647-501497See all my reviews

Season four was a troublesome period for "The Virginian" for a number of reasons, one of them being the belated introduction of preaching to a series that had gotten along very well without it up to that point. "One Spring Like Long Ago" presents an extended Indian rights sermon that never allows entertainment to get in the way, although viewers will notice that the episode's idealism doesn't extend to casting a genuine Native American as the doomed chief, played like a cigar store mummy by Eduard Franz. Randy Boone's fast-draw prowess is surprising, since in most episodes his gentle character totes a guitar, not a six-gun.

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