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The Virginian 

TV-PG | | Western | TV Series (1962–1971)
Personable Western series based in Wyoming from the 1890s onward.
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1971   1970   1969   1968   1967   1966   … See all »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Doug McClure ...  Trampas 249 episodes, 1962-1971
James Drury ...  The Virginian 249 episodes, 1962-1971
Lee J. Cobb ...  Judge Henry Garth 120 episodes, 1962-1966
Sara Lane ...  Elizabeth Grainger 105 episodes, 1966-1970
Clu Gulager ...  Emmett Ryker / ... 104 episodes, 1963-1968
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Storyline

The Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming Territory of the 1890s is owned in sequence by Judge Garth, the Grainger brothers, and Colonel MacKenzie. It is the setting for a variety of stories, many more based on character and relationships than the usual western. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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With every hoofbeat, history is made. (season five) See more »

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Western

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INSP | Official Fan Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Men from Shiloh See more »

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Runtime:

(249 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

It has the most ninety-minute episodes of any TV series, it's unlikely any other show can even come close to it. See more »

Goofs

As The Virginian, Trampas, and Hill (and Ryker, later in Season 1) ride their horses on the dirt road In the opening credits, tire tracks can clearly be seen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in An Opera of Violence (2003) See more »

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The Virginian
(Theme)
by Percy Faith
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The first western
21 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

With no less than the presidential imprimatur of Theodore Roosevelt on the novel by his good friend Owen Wister, many consider The Virginian to be the first realistic western novel. Before that the rather discredited prose of people like Ned Buntline dominated the field and none of their 'literature' survives today.

This television series takes the basic characters of The Virginian, Trampas, Steve, and Molly Wood from the novel and makes them all friends. The guys are foreman and his two best buddies all working at Shiloh Ranch. They're played by James Drury, Doug McClure, and Gary Clarke. Pippa Scott plays Molly Wood, school teacher in the novel, but in the TV series newspaper editor of the Medicine Bow periodical. The Shiloh ranch is owned by Judge Garth who lives there with his daughter Roberta Shore.

That's how it started but regulars came and went. The Shiloh ranch changed hands first to John McIntire and his real life wife Jeanette Nolan. Later on it went to Stewart Granger and the series changed its name to Men Of Shiloh as the women regulars were all eliminated. And we never learned what The Virginian's real name was or his past as in the novel.

The Virginian had the distinction of being the first 90 minute series on television. It must have been grueling shoot, it's like shooting several feature films in a year. It also had some name guest stars like that other series from Revue Productions Wagon Train.

The Virginian ran for 9 seasons before NBC pulled the plug. But in that time it gave us good and memorable television western shows.


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