The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Long Ride to Wind River 

The Virginian's friend Benjy is convicted of a murder he swears he didn't commit. A mountain man may be able to clear him but a search doesn't find him. The Virginian decides to follow some clues putting himself and the witness in danger.


Paul Henreid


Sy Salkowitz, Owen Wister (novel)


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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 ... Sheriff Emmett Ryker
Randy Boone ... Randy Benton (credit only)
Diane Roter Diane Roter ... Jennifer Sommers (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian
John Cassavetes ... Jonah MacIntosh
Pilar Seurat Pilar Seurat ... Hapamawa
Michael Burns ... Noah MacIntosh
Dub Taylor ... Runty Bojohn
Carlos Rivas ... The Indian leader
Paul Comi ... Prosecutor Abe Kempis
Richard Devon ... Beamer
Maggie Mitchell Maggie Mitchell ... Liz Davis
William Fawcett ... Gabe Chapman


The Virginian's friend, Benjy, finds a man Hobey Kendall attacking his wife and threatens to kill him after taking a shot at him. The next day the man is found dead after Benjy left his place. He proclaims innocence but is convicted and sentenced to hang. Benjy says a mountain man with the name Jonah McIntosh was there waiting for Kendall when Benjy left. A local search did not turn up McIntosh. The Virginian leaves to track down the mountain man Benjy says was at the site widening the search. The Virginian tracks down the man he is after, Jonah, but Jonah refuses to return as he committed the murder in self-defense. He plans to kill The Virginian but The Virginian escapes with Jonah as his prisoner. On the way back to Medicine Bow they run into many roadblocks and problems forcing them to ultimately rely on each other. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

19 January 1966 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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A labyrinth to justice
5 June 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of The Virginian has James Drury looking for an alibi witness to clear a friend of a murder charge. The witness is mountain man John Cassavetes who has a clan of relations living on a mountain who don't take to outsiders.

Getting Cassavetes back to Medicine Bow will be a chore because Cassavetes ain't willing. It's a tricky and convoluted plot that involves Drury getting robbed by another mountain man Dub Taylor and captured by Indians where a squaw Pilar Seurat falls for Drury. It's a labyrinth to justice.

The story was too complex and involved. The story is stolen by Dub Taylor when he's on the screen.

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