CTVA - The Virginian 1.05  "The Brazen Bell" 17 0ct 1962

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1.05 [--]
"The Brazen Bell"

(no on-screen title)
Original NBC Broadcast - 17 October 1962

Revue Studios Production
Executive Producer Charles Marquis Warren
Written and Produced by Roland Kibbee
Directed by James Sheldon

(shown on the ride-in)
Lee J. Cobb as Judge Henry Garth
Doug McClure as Trampas
Gary Clarke as Steve Hill
James Drury as The Virginian

Guest Star:
George C. Scott [Arthur Lilley]

Complete End Credits:
Pippa Scott as Molly
Roberta Shore as Betsy
Anne Meacham as Mrs. Sarah Lilley
Royal Dano as Molder
John Davis Chandler as Dog
Robert J. Stevenson as Torson
Ross Elliott as The Sheriff
Kay Stewart as Mrs. Harper
Justin Smith as Lemmiker
Walter Mathews as Mr. Harper
Lester Maxwell as Davey
Rich Murray as Luke
*Michael Fox was a Prisoner Guard but was not given screen credit
Virginian theme - Percy Faith
Director of Photography - Lionel Lindon, A.S.C.
Art Director - George Patrick
Film Editor - George J. Nicholson
Editorial Dept. Head - David J. O'Connell
Musical Supervision - Stanley Wilson
Set Decorators - John McCarthy and James S. Redd
Color Consultant - Alex Quiroga
Color Processing by Consolidated Film Industries
Assistant Director - Wallace Worsley
Sound - Corson Jowett
Costume Supervisor - Vincent Dee
Makeup - Leo Lotito, Jr.
Hair Stylist - Florence Bush
The title "The Virginian" by permission of EMKA, LTD.

Series Regulars Characters in this Episode:
Judge Garth, Virginian, Molly, Betsy, Trampas, Steve, Sheriff Abbott

  A man and his wife arrive in Medicine Bow to take over the duties of the town's
schoolhouse. Mr. Lilley arrives with very fine credentials, holding degrees from the
University of Oxford and Harvard. So why is a man of his stature accepting a teaching
position in a small town like Medicine Bow? The story unfolds as two of the eleven
convicts, who have just recently escaped from prison, break into the teacher's quarters
next to the schoolhouse and hold Mr. Lilley and his wife at gunpoint. To be assured their
demands will be met, they hold the children hostage. After being given instructions, Mr.
Lilley is sent into town to tell the parents and the Virginian, who is the acting sheriff
along with Trampas and Steve, what the convicts want. The townspeople are incredulous to
hear what Mr. Lilley has done, summoning the school children back into the classroom after
a lunch recess knowing the convicts were there. But Molly's journalistic instincts were
correct when she had shared her misgivings with the Judge about Mr. Lilley the first night
they met. He did have a deep dark secret as to why a learned man such as he would leave
his respectable position as Headmaster at Creighton Hall to teach in a small wilderness
town in Wyoming.What was he running away from? This episode shows how a man's cowardice
turns around to show his bravery in the midst of his fears and grief over his wife's
murder, to try and avoid a wrong decision he made from his not-so-distant past. To find
within himself his manhood and to make the right choice for all who are involved, namely,
once again, the children who have been entrusted to him. Comment: Even though Mr. Lilley
was a quiet man, we see an inner strength. Unfortunately, what strength he had was subdued
by his wife's interest more in her husband's survival for herself, instead of allowing him
to be a man like she should have. It was she who encouraged his cowardice, first at
Creighton Hall, and then again during the hostage situation. In the end, though grief
stricken, Mr. Lilley did the right thing. (arl)

Trampas tells the Lilleys that Shiloh is 15 miles out of town. Medicine Bow is mentioned
as a city (there is a city limits sign). The price of the "Medicine Bow Banner"
newspaper is two cents. The Judge says he has no degree or formal education regarding the
law, and there were no state prisons in operation when he was an active Judge. (pag) 

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