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"The Devil's Children"
(no on-screen title)
Original NBC Broadcast - 5 December 1962
"A blight was on me husband. I gave you children of the devil". (Sophie McCallum)
Revue Studios Production
Executive Producer Charles Marquis Warren
Produced by Warren Duff
Story by John & Ward Hawkins
Directed by William Witney
(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
Charles Bickford as Tucker McCallum
End Credits (complete)
Roberta Shore as Betsy
Burt Brinckerhoff as Dan Flood
Carl Reindel as Bruce McCallum
Russell Thorson as Sheriff Stan Evans
Joan Freeman as Tabby McCallum
Charles Aidman as Sam Hicks
Vivi Janiss as Ivy Flood
Ed Prentiss as Simon Pingree
Pitt Herbert as Emmet Delaney
Russ Bender as Todd
Dan White as Fox
Maurice Manson as Judge Hanson
Katherine Squire as Sophie McCallum
Virginian Theme - Percy Faith
Director of Photography - Lionel Lindon A.S.C.
Art Director - George Patrick
Film Editor - Edward Haire A.C.E.
Editorial Dept. Head - David J. O'Connell
Music Supervision - Stanley Wilson
Set Decorations - John McCarthy & Ralph Stylos
Color Coordinator - Alex Quiroga
Assistant Director - Wallace Worsley
Sound - William Russell
Costume Supervision - Vincent Dee
Makeup - Leo Lolito Jr
Hair Stylist - Florence Bush
The title 'The Virginian' by permission of EMKA LTD.
Tabby McCallum, wayward daughter of rancher Tucker McCallum, is pursued by
The Virginian and Steve after she kills a stray steer. The Virginian decides
to be lenient with her to avoid unnecessary trouble with her father.
The manipulative Tabby asks boyfriend Dan Flood for the loan of his horse and
together they ride to Shiloh ranch where Tabby sets fire to the stables,
bolting the doors to trap the horses. Dismayed by her behaviour Dan alerts
the bunkhouse and helps The Virginian and the hands to rescue the horses.
When asked how the fire started Dan protects Tabby and claims ignorance. But
ranch hand Sam Hicks tells The Virginian how he shot at a figure running into the night.
The following morning The Virginian, Sam, Tucker and son Bruce track a trail
of blood that leads to Tabby McCallum. They find her lifeless body among
rocks. She has bled to death from the gunshot wound. Tucker blames Dan Flood
and seeks revenge.
Tucker's wife Sophie suspects the truth about their daughter. A truth that
Tucker can't accept.
'She killed the first pony she ever had', exclaims Sophie McCallum.
At the inquest the jury is initially undecided over a verdict out of the
prejudice of certain jurors toward Dan Flood because of the fact that his
father, Paul Flood, was hanged as a cattle thief. Dan is eventually sentenced
to 30 days in jail.
On his release Tabby's brother, Bruce attacks Dan while he is visiting her
grave before taking vengeance on Sam Hicks by shooting and killing him in cold blood.
Dan is arrested on suspicion of murder. Meanwhile Sophie McCallum has made
Tucker come to terms with the truth about his children. Confronting son Bruce
he is knocked unconcious. Bruce decides to head for relatives in Montana, but
is pursued by Tucker and The Virginian. Tucker is thrown from his horse in
the pursuit and comforted by The Virginian.
'It's God's will Tucker. You weren't meant to kill your own son.'
The Virginian eventually captures Bruce McCallum and brings him to justice. (pag)
This episode features an over-the-top performance by Carl Reindel as the
near maniacal Bruce Flood. Trampas appears briefly helping to rescue the
horses from the burning stables and in the bunkhouse. Charles Bickford
would of course later succeed Lee J. Cobb in the role of the new owner
of Shiloh ranch. (pag)
Please note that the dateline for this episode is 1898 (as shown on a
tombstone). The dateline as shown on a telegram in the next episode
'50 Days To Moose Jaw' is 1890 and the dateline in the following
episode is back to 1898. Interesting continuity! (pag)
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