The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Brothers 

Ryker must track down a close friend and his family after the man killed an Army guard while breaking his brother out of the stockade before being shot for dereliction. After they fight off Indians, the man is forced to face the law.


Anton Leader (as Tony Leader)


Dick Nelson, Owen Wister (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker
Randy Boone ... Randy Benton (credit only)
Diane Roter Diane Roter ... Jennifer Summers (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian
Robert Lansing ... Matt Denning
Andrew Prine ... Will Denning
Jan Shepard ... Ellen Denning
Kurt Russell ... Andy Denning
Hal Baylor ... Corporal Jobie
Loyal T. Lucas Loyal T. Lucas ... Gunny (as Loyal Lucas)
Fred Carson Fred Carson ... Cut Hand
Stuart Randall ... Judge Clayborn
Bill Quinn ... Prosecutor


Matt Denning, a rancher at Medicine Bow, breaks his brother Will out of the guard house at a military fort the night before he is to be executed believing Will to be innocent. Matt tells Will they are going to his ranch to pickup Matt's wife and son and then they will leave for Canada. Sheriff Ryker, who is good friends with Matt, is notified of the breakout and that a guard was killed during the escape. The military sends a squad to capture the brothers and Ryker goes after them as well. The army and Ryker catch up with the Dennings as well as a group of Indians on the warpath due to the Ghost Dance. During the action Matt learns Will was guilty. Now it is Matt's turn to face the law for killing the guard which is an emotional impact on Ryker as well as Will and his family as the coarse law of the West is applied. Written by Anonymous

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15 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.33 : 1
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A Disagreeable manhunt
20 September 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The focus is on Clu Gulagher in this season 4 opener on The Virginian. Deputy Emmet Riker has a disagreeable manhunt to make. He's on the trail of Robert Lansing, law abiding rancher and good friend of Riker who went and broke his brother Andrew Prine out of the army stockade the night before he was scheduled to be hung for desertion of guard duty when Ghost Dance observing Sioux broke out. Only Lansing kills a guard.

A military patrol is also looking for the brothers who are taking Lansing's wife Jan Shepard and son Kurt Russell along that's headed by Sergeant Myron Healey who was good friends with the man killed by Lansing.

The story focuses on Lansing, a straight arrow type who feels he must stand by his brother no matter what. Prine is a lot less than truthful though.

In any event they all have to face up with those selfsame Ghost Riders.

Nice story with the action centering on Lansing and Prine.

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