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"Fifty Days To Moose Jaw"
Original NBC Broadcast - 12 December 1962
Revue Studios Production
Executive Producer Charles Marquis Warren
Written by Maxwell Shane & Donald S. Stanford
Produced and Directed by Maxwell Shane
(shown on the ride-in)
Lee J. Cobb as Judge Henry Garth (not in this episode)
Doug McClure as Trampas
Gary Clarke as Steve Hill
James Drury as The Virginian
Brandon deWilde as James 'Mike Flynn' Cafferty
James Gregory as Slim Jessup
End Credits (complete)
Roberta Shore as Betsy
Frank Overton as Sam Cafferty
H.M. Wynant as Dalton Lacey
Harry Swoger as Squat
Midge Ware as Regina Lacey
Dennis Cross as Boyd Lacey
Nesdon Booth as Come Along
Paul Birch as Sheriff Halsey
Willis Bouchey as Henry Mulford
Charles Briggs as Hard Pan
The Virginian Theme - Percy Faith
Director of Photography - Benjamin H. Kline A.S.C.
Art Director - Raymond Beal
Film Editor - Joseph Harrison
Editorial Department Head - David J. O'Connell
Music Supervision - Stanley Wilson
Set Decorators - John McCarthy & James S. Redd
Color Coordinator - Alex Quirogo
Assistant Director - Carter DeHaven III
Sound - Lyle Cain
Costume Supervision - Vincent Dee
Makeup - Leo Lotito Jr.
Hair Stylist - Florence Bush
The title 'The Virginian' by permission of EMKA LTD.
Series Regulars in this Episode:
Virginian, Trampas, Steve, brief appearance by Betsy
Slim Jessup (Gregory) kills Boyd Lacey in self defence following flirtatious
remarks and actions by Regina Lacey. Dalton Lacey, husband to Regina accuses
Jessup of the murder of his brother.
'He was molesting me. Boyd tried to stop him', exclaims Regina.
A revengeful mob attempts to lynch Jessup, but he manages to escape.
Meanwhile in Medicine Bow The Virginian, Trampas and Steve are waiting to
hear from Judge Garth regarding his loan being approved. The telegram they
receive informs The Virginian that he is to deliver 2000 head of cattle to
Moose Jaw in Canada in one month for delivery to England. The money for the
cattle will compensate for the failed loan approval.
Jessup joins up as a drover after The Virginian recognises him as an old
friend who employed him as a 'green' young man.
'You had turnips growing out of your shoe tops', says Jessup to an embarassed Virginian.
They are also soon joined by James Cafferty, posing as Mike Flynn, (deWilde)
who has run away from home and his step-father.
Dalton and friend, pursuing Jessup, meets up with The Virginian in Moose Jaw
at the Grizzly Bear Saloon. Trampas starts a fight and tells Flynn to return
to the herd to warn Jessup. Jessup decides to give himself up but a
thunderstorm spooks the cattle and they start a stampede.
The following morning on asking The Virginian and the hands where Jessup is
Flynn's gaze is directed to a covered body. Jessup's horse had fallen under
the cattle in the stampede.
Flynn aka Cafferty decides to return to his step-father's farm. (pag)
Trampas sings a short song on hearing The Virginian's order to start work one
hour earlier each morning.
'Roll me over easy
Roll me over slow
Roll me on my right side
'Cause that man he hurt me so.'
Comments and Observations:
In this episode Trampas is both a brash youth (he gets into a fight with
Jessup after taunting Flynn over his beloved fiddle) and a figure of
responsibilty (he protects Jessup from Dalton by diverting attention with a fight).
One extremely interesting point. The date on a telegram in the episode
clearly reads JULY 9, 1890. In the very next episode, 'The Accomplice' nearly
a decade has passed! This was Warren's final segment. Huggins may have
arrogantly disregarded the previous history of the show. Surely viewers and
the crew must have noticed the time difference.
'She said she was saving herself for some tall good looking cowboy with hair
the colour of autumn wheat. Bring to mind anybody you know?'
Trampas talking about a girl he plans to meet up with in Moose Jaw. (pag)
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