The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Return of Golden Tom 

TV-PG | | Western | Episode aired 9 March 1966
After 35 years in prison Tom Brant returns to Medicine Bow. A newspaper reporter's story about him stirs the interest of people who had various connections to him. People swarm to him for different reasons including the money he hid.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker
Randy Boone ... Randy Benton (credit only)
Diane Roter Diane Roter ... Jennifer Summers (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Victor Jory ... Tom Brant
Linden Chiles ... Ira Lom
Dee Pollock ... Willie Cade
Jean Inness Jean Inness ... Widow Hazard
Kelly Thordsen ... Amos Coe
Don Keefer ... Ross Tedler
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Sarah Tedler
Larry J. Blake ... Keel (as Larry Blake)
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Frank Swan


Tom Brant returns to Medicine Bow after 35 years in prison as an old broken man. His exploits have been expanded into mythic portions over the years first in a book and now by a St. Louis Courier reporter Ira Lom. He was involved in a shootout in the Medicine Bow saloon immortalized in a painting and retold by the bartender. Tom hopes to see his daughter Sarah Tedler who he has never met. She was raised by strangers and now married with a daughter and sick son. She has lived with the reputation of being an outlaw's daughter which has affected her and her family emotionally. Others including Sarah and the grandson of one of Tom's outlaw friends who Tom killed believe Tom has money hidden that they want. Amos Coe the brother of a man Tom killed is an important man in Medicine Bow. Amos was held up by Tom and his gang before he went to prison. Amos now wants revenge. Others including several gunmen arrive in Medicine Bow hoping to take advantage of his legend and the money they believe ... Written by Anonymous

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9 March 1966 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Golden Tom's moral dilemma
11 July 2013 | by chicagojennSee all my reviews

The only regular to appear in this episode is Sheriff Ryker and even his appearances are sparse. "Golden Tom" Brant returns to Medicine Bow a seemingly broken, feeble old man after over 30 years in prison for robbery and murder. Because the gold he stole years ago was never found, everyone who knew him or his notorious legend comes to town to try to get a piece of it. This is a slow moving tale with a twist at the end.

The few Ryker appearances are good, and one scene in particular extremely funny. Sheriff Ryker visits Golden Tom at the boarding house wherein Tom and Ryker have an exchange about the legalities of keeping stolen money after you have paid your debt to society. Ryker did a humorous job of explaining that the money was still considered stolen and Tom was obligated to return it. Ryker also tells him that a string of gunmen have been streaming into Medicine Bow because of the rumors of hidden gold. With regards to the gunmen, Ryker says:

"Mr. Brant, I got a rule of thumb, 2 or 3 gunmen here in town, I can stay even. 4 or 5, it's doubtful. After that, I'm in trouble. Now according to that, I've been in trouble since this morning!" That whole scene between Ryker and Golden Tom in the boarding house is worthy of a few rewinds if you have it on DVD. It was classic Ryker. The rest of the episode is worth watching once.

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