The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Fortunes of J. Jimerson Jones 

J. Jimerson Jones is on the same train to Chicago with Garth and Betsy where Garth helps him adjust to city life. Betsy has her first love with a cub reporter and Jones is taken in by a beautiful woman while another tries to protect him.


Don McDougall


Carey Wilber, 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 (credit only)
Pat O'Brien ... J. Jimerson Jones
Roberta Shore ... Betsy Garth
Jeanne Cooper ... Julia Montgomery
Ann Doran ... Maggie Hyeth
David Macklin ... Eddie Tighe
Peter Adams Peter Adams ... Duncan St. John
John Banner ... August the Head Waiter
Jonathan Hole ... Hotel Clerk
Austin Green Austin Green ... Telegraph Operator
Davis Roberts ... Waiter
Tol Avery ... General Pierpont J. Caswell


J. Jimerson Jones reacquaints himself with Judge Garth and Betsy on the train east to Chicago. After hitting a gold strike he is on his first vacation in forty years. Based on the Judge's recommendation he stays at the re-known Palmer House in Chicago. When a pair of con-artists learn of his money he becomes their target but his honesty keeps him out of trouble at first. At the same time a young cub reporter takes an interest in Betsy but only after he was rebuffed by Judge Garth for an interview. Although his actions lead him and Betsy astray, his honesty in the end forces the Judge to accept him. When Mr. Jones is blind to the truth, his friends including the hotel maid try to protect him with hilarious results. Written by Anonymous

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15 January 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Chicago, that toddling town
5 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The action on this show shifts from Shiloh ranch to Chicago as Lee J. Cobb takes daughter Roberta Shore on her first trip east. It proves to be memorable for Shore as she experiences her first encounter romantically with the male of the species. Young David Macklin a cub reporter on some little known Chicago rag is the object of her affection.

The other story has to do with Pat O'Brien an old sourdough who finally struck it rich. He's in Chicago, came in on the same train as Judge Garth and staying at the same hotel, to celebrate being rich after years of eking out a living. Unfortunately a pair of con artists, Jeanne Cooper and Peter Adams know lots of ways they can help spend O'Brien's money.

The old guy is on to most of them though, a Sting like stock set up, rigged poker game, and even the old badger game. What O'Brien's not up to maid Ann Doran who took a liking to him is. She's giving her needed if not always wanted attention to him.

O'Brien and Doran play well against each other and the stories do combine as Cobb, Shore, and Macklin hate seeing O'Brien being taken.

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