The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Felicity's Spring 

The Virginian falls in love with a woman who has the heart of every man around. As the two plan their marriage, her sister and father debate whether they should tell The Virginian the truth about her terminal illness and short time left.


Don McDougall


Jean Holloway, Owen Wister (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Roberta Shore ... Betsy Garth
Randy Boone ... Randy Benton
James Drury ... The Virginian
Gary Clarke ... Steve Hill
Katherine Crawford ... Felicity Andrews
Mariette Hartley ... Kate Andrews
Carl Benton Reid ... Jonah Andrews
L.Q. Jones ... Belden
Norman Leavitt ... Joe Mapes
Adrienne Marden Adrienne Marden ... Mary Mapes
Jennie Lynn Jennie Lynn ... Tessie Mapes
Casey Peters Casey Peters ... Robbie Mapes


The Virginian returns to Medicine Bow and meets the new school teacher, Felicity Andrews, who has every man in the area entranced with her dance lessons and beauty. When her older sister Kate sees Felicity's interest in The Virginian, she goes to Shiloh to buy Felicity a riding horse for her birthday and ask The Virginian to her birthday party. He accepts and as he sees the impact she has on others including her pupils his interest in her develops as well. After a relatively short courtship, he asks her to marry him and she accepts. When Kate learns the monetary investment The Virginian is making for their home, she tells him the truth. Felicity has a fatal illness with little time left. Her mother had the same illness leading to their father killing their mother and committing suicide. Felicity does not know about her illness. The Virginian must decide what to do as their wedding is soon. Written by Anonymous

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14 October 1964 (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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Did You Know?


Katherine Crawford married Frank Price, Executive Producer of The Virginian, not long after this episode. Katherine Crawford would continue to be in 2 other episodes of The Virginian. See more »

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old west version of Love Story
19 May 2006 | by gareifSee all my reviews

I remember this episode when it was first aired (yes, I'm that old) and hoped that it would be repeated in the summer. Back then a rerun was a treat, not the torture we endure today. The story was simple but one of those airings that fall into place with writers, directors, and actors. The opening scene is the Virginian on a hill overlooking what was to be his home with a wife. The was a duet with Randy Boone & Roberta Shore as they often sang for a few years. The bride was terminally ill but her sister who knew the truth was determined to give her one last spring. I am personally hoping that the whole Virginian series is available on DVD soon.

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