The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Saddle Warmer 

David Sutton takes a job at Shiloh to make up for the work Trampas can't do after being involved in Trampas breaking his leg. He has a hard time fitting in with the other hands while a girl he met earlier tracks him down to help her.


Charles S. Dubin


Robert Van Scoyk, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger
Doug McClure ... Trampas
David Hartman ... David Sutton
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian
Ralph Bellamy ... Jeremiah
Chris Robinson ... Coley
Quentin Dean ... Saranora
Tom Skerritt ... Rafe
Jeanette Nolan ... Holly Grainger
Jean Peloquin Jean Peloquin ... Jean
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Mother
Stuart Nisbet ... Bartender
Harper Flaherty Harper Flaherty ... Harper
Dick Shane Dick Shane ... Dick


David Sutton is a drifter from the east headed to Medicine Bow. He stops at a homestead for water and meets Saranora who wants him to take her with him but the owner runs David off. In Medicine Bow David is partially responsible for an accident in the saloon resulting in Trampas breaking his leg and David losing his swamper job. David arrives at Shiloh asking to work in place of Trampas as compensation. However, ranch hand Coley never forgives David for Trampas getting hurt as he counted on Trampas to work with him during the wild mustang roundup. Saranora runs away and ends up at Shiloh looking for David telling everyone they are married. David convinces her to tell the truth and the Graingers decided to protect her from Jeremiah who she claims was holding her hostage as well as her mother until he killed her. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

18 September 1968 (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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Warmed over
24 May 2013 | by pfors-647-501497See all my reviews

Universal put some production heft behind David Hartman's debut as jolly-greenhorn-giant David Sutton, including evocatively photographed landscapes and rowdy horse wrangling scenes. But the script feels compromised, fudging on its initially rigorous character development to become mushy and pat. The story's switch in tone mars a splendid performance by grand old pro Ralph Bellamy and makes hash of its heroine, played by pouty Quentin Dean. Hartman's square-peg presence doesn't fit either. He fares best in his fractious encounters with McClure, who among his other gifts was adept at comic exasperation. Anachronistic bit by The Irish Rovers adds unintentional humor.

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