The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Long Ride Home 

Holly finds two cowboys who are looking for work. The younger hand Jim looks up to Ben as the only father he has ever known as the two roam around looking for a place to settle. Ben isn't ready to settle down but Jim may have found a home.

Director:

Charles S. Dubin

Writers:

Richard Fielder, Owen Wister (novel)

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Tim Matheson ... Jim Horn
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian
Leslie Nielsen ... Ben Stratton
Lonny Chapman ... Weasel Willie Burr
Jeanette Nolan ... Holly Grainger
Patrick Tovatt Patrick Tovatt ... Charlie
Joyce Jameson ... Millie
Jester Hairston ... John Douglas
Lynne Youngreen Lynne Youngreen ... Dorie
Jean Peloquin Jean Peloquin ... Gene
Harper Flaherty Harper Flaherty ... Harper
Alex Sharp Alex Sharp ... Buck
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Storyline

James Joseph (Jim) Horn and his mentor Ben Stratton, two saddle tramps, meet Holly when Ben rescues her from a runaway team in Medicine Bow. He and Jim along with a group of ex-buffalo hunters were taking shots at the church bell. She suggests they work at Shiloh which needs temporary hands to help bring the herds down from the mountains. They impress The Virginian with their work ethic and horse wrangling even though they have a carefree attitude. Jim upset with the teasing decides they should leave early but a warning about an early snow is enough to convince him and Ben to stay to help. Although they took the job as temporary hands, they are asked to stay permanently but Ben is unable to settle down. At Ben's urging he and Jim go into town to party. Jim returns on time to work but Ben is beat up by the buffalo hunters who besides stealing Ben's money are under suspicion for rustling. Ben goes after them for his money but receives an offer to help rustle cattle. In the end he ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1969 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode marked Tim Matheson's first appearance as a series regular. See more »

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