The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Lady from Wichita 

The owner of a ranch next to Shiloh dies leaving his entire estate to a woman who runs a saloon in Wichita. Her and her partner go to Medicine Bow expecting to sell the ranch but she decides to stay on the ranch despite their background.


Don McDougall


True Boardman, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bickford ... John Grainger
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Clu Gulager ... Sheriff Emmett Ryker
Don Quine ... Stacey Grainger
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Joan Collins ... Lorna Marie Marshall
Rose Marie ... Belle Stephens
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Graves
Harry Lauter ... Roy Kane
Russell Thorson ... Judge Craig
L.Q. Jones ... Belden
Irene Tedrow ... Mrs. Scanlon
Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Howard
Walter Reed ... Rev. Nichols


Carl Crandall dies leaving his entire estate including a ranch next to Shiloh to Lorna Marie Marshall. Lorna receives a telegram from Judge Craig notifying her of the inheritance. Lorna and her friend Belle Stephens sell their saloon in Wichita and leave for Medicine Bow. They had discussed selling the ranch and taking the money to move to San Francisco. Once reaching Medicine Bow and meeting the Judge and other residents Lorna decides to try the life of a lady rancher as she enjoys being treated as a respectable lady. In a codicil Crandall has asked Lorna to donate money including $200 to Trampas for his help. When her foreman quits, she asks Trampas to take over until she can find a replacement. John Grainger and Trampas agree to the request plus Trampas is quite attracted to Lorna. They transition into the new life including going to church and joining the Ladies Aid Society. The two ladies come to enjoy their new life until Roy Kane a petty criminal arrives threatening their new ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

27 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Lady From Wichita
12 September 2013 | by BMChinSee all my reviews

For fans of The Virginian the episode titled, The Lady from Wichita, is very entertaining. It has elements of comedy and drama. Two women head out to Medicine Bow to claim a ranch left by a former customer of their saloon in Wichita. The rest of the episode is about their attempts to become part of the community. The two women are played by Rose Marie and Joan Collins who add comedy and sex appeal in equal amounts. SPOILER: The way the episode ended the viewer is lead to believe that the two former saloon keepers are accepted by the town of Medicine Bow and even hired a new foreman. What I don't understand is if they end up with a ranch next to the Graingers why don't we see them again in succeeding episodes?

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