The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Virginian and Steve are forced to carry $40,000 back to Medicine Bow after a bank run closes all banks. The Virginian must fend off a family who think part of the money is theirs while contending with a dreaming runaway girl.


Richard L. Bare


Jameson Brewer, Howard Browne (teleplay) | 2 more credits »



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Episode cast overview:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Gary Clarke ... Steve Hill
James Drury ... The Virginian
Karl Swenson ... Karl Swenson
Crahan Denton ... John Lewis
Kevin Hagen ... Oscar Swenson
Russ Conway ... Walter Moody
Steve Brodie ... Sheriff Martin
Dan Sheridan Dan Sheridan ... Brakeman
I. Stanford Jolley ... Jess Cooper
Alvy Moore ... 2nd Man
Ann Doran ... Minerva Lewis
Jeannine Riley ... Amelia Pryor


The Virginian and Steve deliver a herd of cattle and find that the local bank has gone bust due to a money panic. The Judge's lawyer, Walter Moody, pulled the payment of $40,000 out of the bank before it closed. However, a bank depositor, Karl Swenson, knows about the money and believes over $10,000 of it should be his. Moody suggests Steve and The Virginian take the money to a another town for a bank draft by horseback. They find the bank there closed and the Swenson family catches up with them. The Virginian hops a freight train and joins up with a young runaway girl, Amelia Pryor, who tells tall tales while Steve leaves on horseback as a decoy. When The Virginian is prevented from re-boarding the train, Amelia leaves the train and returns with The Virginian's saddle bags. They are forced to spend the night at an elderly couple's barn and after leaving the next day, the Swenson's catchup again but they find the saddle bags contain cutup newspapers. The Virginian and Amelia return to... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

24 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When executive producer Roy Huggins was producing Alias Smith and Jones eight years later, he was faced with a need for an extra script on a very tight schedule and decided to cut this story down to a 60-minute format and use it as "The Girl in Boxcar #3". The transition was not entirely successful, because the motivations of some of the characters were left unclear or became somewhat unbelievable. See more »


The lawyer clearly loaded the Virginian's saddle bag, with the actual money. You can see this easily, then see that his money box was emptied, and that he did not leave the area where he was. Any unusual trickery, would have been able to be seen by the Virginian. See more »


Steve Hill: Hey mister, I could use some help.
Ray Harris: Whoa. Now how did a young fellow like you get lost? Well, the nearest town is only about...
Steve Hill: No, I'm not looking for a town. What I wanted to ask...
Ray Harris: Don't tell me you're looking for work! Ah, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a job this time of year!
Steve Hill: No I'm not looking for work, I'm trying to track down a man.
Ray Harris: Somebody robbed you, huh? Probably a railroad tramp. It happens all the time around here.
Steve Hill: It's a friend of mine!
Ray Harris: A friend robbed you? Well no wonder...
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Frothy fun
22 May 2013 | by pfors-647-501497See all my reviews

Drury takes it easy in pleasantly inconsequential outing. The prolific Richard L. Bare, who'd direct an amazing 166 episodes of "Green Acres," nudges this story in the same frothy direction. Blonde starlet Jeannine Riley is delightful as a fanciful, freight-hopping runaway. The worldly Virginian sizes up the little bum, gently needles her and shields her from harm. Karl Swenson, tongue firmly planted in cheek, plays a self-righteous crook named Karl Swenson (cue giggle), and Gary Clarke pokes adrenalin into his too-few scenes. Weary farm couple played by Crahan Denton and Ann Doran runs so counter to episode's light-hearted tone that they seem to have wandered onto the wrong set.

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