The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Fatal Journey 

The Virginian plans to propose to Molly but four men ride into Medicine Bow emptying their pistols into the newspaper office killing her. Although the posse is forced to turn back, The Virginian continues on for revenge but is captured.


Bernard McEveety


John Hawkins, Owen Wister (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Gary Clarke ... Steve Hill
James Drury ... The Virginian
Robert Lansing ... George Calhoun
David McLean ... Troy
Sandy Kenyon ... Professor
John Milford ... Jasper Horn
Ross Elliott ... Sheriff Mark Abbott
Berkeley Harris Berkeley Harris ... Denver
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... Hank Stram (as Charles Briggs)
Steve Ihnat ... Stub O'Dell
William Bakewell ... Sam Branch
Mickey Simpson ... Moose
Ollie O'Toole Ollie O'Toole ... Jackson


The Virginian and Steve ride to Medicine Bow and learn three convicts have broken out of a Montana prison. The Virginian hears that Molly has written an editorial saying she has asked the President to send troops to fight the outlaws hiding in the Badlands. The Virginian leaves town but Steve stays to give Molly a note for The Virginian which is an invitation to the Saturday dance. The Virginian returns to Shiloh where Garth asks him if he should start planning to build a foreman's house for The Virginian and Molly. Steve hears four riders come into Medicine Bow and shoot up the Banner office resulting in Molly's death. A posse with Steve and The Virginian go after the outlaws but everyone but The Virginian is forced to turn back. He finds the outlaws but is captured and pretends to be one of the Montana escapees. The leader returns with a second escapee from Montana further complicating The Virginian's situation.

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Release Date:

4 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.33 : 1
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This show completes the elimination of the Molly Wood character from the show. The actress had already left the show in the middle of the first season. See more »

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One of the Better Episodes
22 March 2018 | by TommybabeSee all my reviews

Plenty of suspense in this episode as the Virginian has to go undercover. Robert Lansing is excellent as the cold-blooded leader of an outlaw gang, and several other typical Virginian guests appear in memorable roles. Well-acted and well-written and an explanation of Molly Wood's disappearance from the show (which happened in Season One).

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