The Virginian (1962–1971)
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A Time Remembered 

Garth recognizes singer Elena as a close friend from his early days as a lawyer. The two rekindle their old relationship but Garth is forced to defend her against murder charges which ultimately forces him to uncover the unsettling truth.


William Witney


Peter Germano, Owen Wister (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Gary Clarke ... Steve Hill
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Yvonne De Carlo ... Helen Haldeman aka Elena
Roberta Shore ... Betsy Garth
Melinda Casey Melinda Casey ... Karen Osterling (as Melinda Plowman)
Paul Comi ... Elliott Powers
Ross Elliott ... Sheriff Mark Abbott
Bill Zuckert ... George Kingston
Oliver McGowan Oliver McGowan ... Judge Benson
John Bryant ... Doc Spaulding
Sam Edwards ... Hotel Clerk
William Bakewell ... Nate Eastman
John Hale John Hale ... Kelly


Well known and beautiful opera singer Elena is brought to Medicine Bow to add to the culture of the town. Elena is accompanied by her personal secretary Karen who has issues with Elena. During her first performance Judge Garth recognizes her as an old friend. They rekindle their relationship and the Judge considers marrying her with Betsy's blessing. After dropping Elena at the hotel, the Judge is preparing to return to Shiloh when he hears shots. He and the sheriff run into Elena's room finding her standing over a dead man with a gun in her hand and a torn dress with Karen in the adjoining room of the suite. After a thorough investigation the prosecutor decides to bring first degree murder charges against Elena. Unable to get the attorney he wants, Judge Garth is forced to defend Elena himself. The proof in the trial goes against him and Elena as Garth learns she has lied to him. With some sleuthing Garth is able to bring forth the truth about Elena and Karen which surprises everyone. Written by Anonymous

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11 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Garth refers to Betsy as his daughter and that he is a widower. However, in the second show of the series, Betsy is said to be his adopted daughter and Garth was never married. See more »

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The Judge's old flame
2 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This story on The Virginian has concert singer Yvonne DeCarlo and her girl Friday Melinda Plowman come to Medicine Bow for a little cultural uplifting for the frontier town. Her reputation is a big exaggerated and she has another sideline.

It's a variation of the old badger game where DeCarlo blackmails a prominent local after getting him in a compromising position and threatening a suit for alienation of affections. But in this case she does run into a real old flame in Judge Henry Garth.

Things to rekindle a bit for Lee J. Cobb and Yvonne DeCarlo so much so that the Judge is thinking of proposing marriage. But when he finds her pistol in hand over the body of another man it's his legal skills that are needed.

In court Cobb learns a lot of unpleasant things about his client, but in the end the truth comes out. Quite a truth it is.

An interesting story about the paths we take in careers and in life itself.

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