The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Gauntlet 

The Virginian is shot crossing a large Texas ranch. The owner taking him in tries to hire him to be his own foreman. The owner likes to make his own rules putting him at odds with his wife over their son and the running of a gauntlet.


Thomas Carr


Lou Shaw, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bickford ... John Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Don Quine ... Stacey Grainger (credit only)
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian
Peter Mark Richman ... Al Keets (as Mark Richman)
Marian McCargo ... May Keets (as Marian Moses)
Stefan Arngrim ... Jimmy Keets
Tony Young ... Shoop
Harry Lauter ... Lund
Calvin Brown ... Gus
Pitt Herbert ... Doctor
Robert B. Williams ... Sam Hardy
Fred Carson Fred Carson ... Walvis


While returning from Mexico on business for Shiloh, The Virginian is shot by a rustler while crossing a large Texas ranch. He is rescued by rancher Al Keets and his wife May. Being so remote they host The Virginian while he recovers. The rescue of The Virginian interrupted May's attempt to leave with their son Jimmy to go back to the civilized east. May loves Al but Al won't recognize it believing that she married him for his money to help her father. The problem carries over to how both want to treat their son Jimmy. After sizing up The Virginian, Keets wants The Virginian as his foreman or as a partner. Especially after he sees the way Keets' men shoot up the rustler who shot The Virginian respectfully declines the offer. When The Virginian leaves, May asks him to take Jimmy on a short outing while she prepares for his birthday as she plans another escape. However, the event goes wildly askew when Al sends him men after Jimmy and two hands decide to kidnap Jimmy making it look like ... Written by Anonymous

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8 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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One hard man
10 February 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

While in Texas returning to Shiloh The Virginian is shot and wounded by a rustler. He gets rescued by the local Ponderosa owner Peter Mark Richman and stays at his place while healing.

James Drury gets a lot of care from Richman's wife Marian McCargo and bonds with young Stefan Arngrim, Richman's son.

Richman is a hard and tough man, but his wife has never given up on him showing a tender side. When Arngrim gets kidnapped however and held for ransom eventually the gamut of Richman's character is shown.

Nicely done story, Peter Mark Richman dominates the story.

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