The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Virginian takes a herd to a town on the border with Canada but the bank is robbed making his bank draft worthless. He tracks the robbers into Canada to recover the $100,000 but they work for the buyer of the beef at his empire.


Abner Biberman


W.R. Burnett (story), Sy Salkowitz (story) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bickford ... John Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker
Don Quine ... Stacey Grainger (credit only)
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger
Leslie Nielsen ... Winthrop
Barbara Bouchet ... Marianne
Kipp Hamilton ... Gloria
Willard Sage ... Clete
Paul Picerni ... Parks
Don Wilbanks ... Appleby
H.M. Wynant ... The Man
Shug Fisher ... Desk Clerk


The Viginian takes a herd of cattle to Larksville, Montana near the Canadian border for the ranchers in Medicine Bow. At the bank he receives the $100,000 for the herd converting it to a bank draft on the spot. However, the bank is robbed as soon as he leaves the bank making the bank draft worthless. Being on the border the local law is unable to help as the thieves head into Canada. Realizing he can't go home without the money, The Virginian alone tracks the robbers into Canada where he learns the real thief is the buyer of the cattle Winthrop who controls the area and people around him in his own empire. He quickly realizes he has few options while he scouts Winthrop's operation for any weaknesses as Winthrop enjoys the cat and mouse game with The Virginian. Winthrop has a live in girl friend Gloria who is loved by Winthrop's financial manager Cletes while "The Man" silently trails The Virginian. The Virginian devises a sting to recover the funds but not without consequences for ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

27 December 1967 (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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There is a town named Winthrop located in the State of Washington which looks like a western town. See more »

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Offbeat episode
31 March 2013 | by pfors-647-501497See all my reviews

Glossy plot, loaded with drawing room intrigue, seems more suitable for a James Bond escapade or a nighttime soap than a Western. Nielsen's expertise at playing polished cads helps. Drury looks amused by the far-fetched theatrics and contrived complications. Lovely Barbara Bouchet looks about as animated as an expensive piece of furniture. An episode like this, which strays far afield from the problems of running the massive Shiloh ranch, would be unthinkable earlier in the series but is symptomatic of a long-running show's difficulties in coming up with fresh plots week after week. Stories were more believable and down to earth in earlier seasons.

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