The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Sins of the Fathers 

TV-PG | | Western | Episode aired 4 March 1970
The Virginian and Shiloh money are rescued by a lone man who he rewards with a job at Shiloh. He rubs the other men the wrong way, works hard, but is obviously a gunman. Clay Grainger soon realizes who he is but won't let him be fired.


Walter Doniger


David P. Harmon, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Tim Matheson ... Jim Horn
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian
Robert Lipton ... Adam Randall
Tim McIntire ... John Wesley Hardin
Jeanette Nolan ... Holly Grainger
William Lucking ... Sam Burns
Ross Elliott ... Sheriff Mark Abbott
Terry Wilson ... Shaker
Stuart Nisbet ... Bartender
Harper Flaherty Harper Flaherty ... Harper
Bob Gravage Bob Gravage ... Blacksmith


The Virginian is chased by three men as he returns to Shiloh with $40,000 in cattle money. As they prepare to hang him upside down over a fire Indian style, he is rescued by Adam Randall from being killed and having the Shiloh cattle money stolen. He and Clay Grainger offer Adam a job at Shiloh which he accepts but refuses a $100 bonus. He starts off on the wrong foot by taking Jim Horn's bunk upsetting the men. At the Medicine Bow saloon he runs into his friend John Wesley Hardin who wants to return Adam to Dodge City for a $500 reward but Adam shoots Hardin's gun from his hand. Trampas comes up with a suspect who he thinks informed on The Virginian and the Shiloh money but Adam quickly tells him he is wrong. Adam knows not only the men but who the informer is. The Virginian tells Sam Burns the bank messenger and informer to leave the area. Clay is concerned about Adam who is an obvious gunman and has the other ranch hands scared to work with him. Over time Clay realizes Adam is the ...

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Release Date:

4 March 1970 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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