The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Politician 

The Virginian is sent to check out the Bonham ranch which is up for sale. Once there he finds himself caught in the fight between the brothers Foster and Jack who own the ranch and involved in the murder of a woman he once knew.


Michael Caffey


Michael Fisher (story), Robert Van Scoyk




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Col. Alan MacKenzie (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Lee Majors ... Roy Tate (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian
William Windom ... Foster Bonham
John Ericson ... Jack Bonham
Denny Miller ... Joe Terry
Jim Davis ... Roper
Diana Muldaur ... Rachel Bonham
Jean Hale ... Eileen Terry
Carl Ballantine ... Matty Ryan
Sandy Kenyon ... Constable Stokes
Rand Brooks ... Henry
Claire Brennen Claire Brennen ... Annie
Byron Morrow ... Harkin


When he is appointed to the Senate, Foster Bonham decides to sell his ranch to Shiloh. The Virginian is sent to check the ranch to see if it meets the needs of the Shiloh ranch for grazing.His arrival at the Bonham ranch starts with a warning shot and a warning from Jack Bonham to leave. At the ranch house he meets Foster Bonham who has the controlling interest in the ranch and his wife Rachel. When Jack arrives, The Virginian learns who he is and that the two brothers are fighting over the ranch as Foster believes Jack will lose the ranch due to his drinking. Foster's drunken, irresponsible brother Jack is determined to stop the sale any way he can. While inspecting the ranch, The Virginian stops at a small homestead due to his lame horse where he finds the wife knows him from her days as a saloon girl in Medicine Bow. When she is murdered, the Virginian searches for Jack who had threatened her , and Foster must decide between his brother and his Senate seat. Written by rbecker28

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Release Date:

13 January 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Bonham family values
30 June 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode has The Virginian on a buying trip for Stewart Granger to see if the Bonham ranch is worth some money to purchase. It's owned by the brothers Bonham, William Windom and John Ericson. Windom wants to sell as he's moving up in the world, just got a temporary appointment to the US Senate, something he and wife Diana Muldaur have been lobbying for.

Ericson's a hellraiser and a drunk and the black sheep. When Jean Hale wife of Denny Miller one of the Bonham tenants is murdered everyone is thinking Ericson had to have done it. Everyone but Miller who because The Virginian had some history with Hale, he might be the culprit.

Now we know that can't be, but convince Miller.

Kudos go out to Sandy Kenyon who is as ineffectual a deputy left in charge while the marshal's away as you'll ever find.

Nice story with some good performances.

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