The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Bugler 

An Army deserter is found and injured on Shiloh after he was whipped by the commanding officer - his father. Being a bugler he gives Elizabeth lessons on a coronet she has found until the Graingers learn the truth about him from the Army.

Director:

Anton Leader

Writers:

Gerry Day (teleplay), Jeb Rosebrook (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Tim Matheson ... Jim Horn (credit only)
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian
Michael Burns ... Toby Hamilton
Morgan Woodward ... Col. Mark Hamilton
Alan Hale Jr. ... Sergeant O'Rourke
Jeanette Nolan ... Holly Grainger
Mercer Harris Mercer Harris ... Lt. Ben Carver
Myron Healey ... Lt. Mike Buehl
Harper Flaherty Harper Flaherty ... Harper
Scott Perry Scott Perry ... Drill Sergeant

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The Virginian finds a man dead from a Kiowa arrow and an Army canteen by him. He runs into an Army patrol who identify the man as Lt. Ben Carver for whom they are looking. At Carver's funeral Private Toby Hamilton refuses to play taps. For that he is sentenced to 18 lashes for each year of his life by his commanding officer who does the whipping. Toby deserts from the army due to what he considers unfair treatment by the commanding officer who happens to be his father. He is found injured on Shiloh and the Graingers take him in to recover. He is a well-trained bugler and attracts Elizabeth's attention because she is trying to learn to play a coronet. Toby and Elizabeth become close friends as they keep an eye on her mare Patches ready to foal. Toby plans on taking an east bound train from Medicine Bow until Clay is told by an Army patrol lead by Lt. Mike Buehl that Toby deserted and that he is Mark Hamilton's son. Clay wants to determine the truth when he learns Toby is a deserter as ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Quotes

Lt. Mike Buehl: Under Article 20 of the Articles of War, and by judgment of the Post Commander, the prisoner is hereby sentenced to receive one lash for each of the years of his life.
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1969 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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