CTVA - The Virginian 1.18 "Say Goodbye to All That" 23-Jan-1963 NBC

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1.18 [--]
"Say Goodbye To All That"

Original NBC Broadcast - 23 January 1963

Revue Studios Production
Executive Producer Roy Huggins
Producer Frank Price
Written by Al C. Ward
Directed by William Witney

Starring:
(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
and
James Drury as The Virginian

Guest Star:
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Fabian [ Martin Beldon]

End Credits (complete)
Co-starring:
Roberta Shore as Betsy
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Charles McGraw as Big John Beldon
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Royal Dano as Faraway MacPhail
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with
Robert Brubaker as Trent
Roy Engel as Wilkins (Engel was a neighboring rancher
in this episode and would later be a recurring cast member
as a neighboring rancher named Barney Wingate)

Paul Langton as Bartlett
Robert Christopher as Rick
James Beck as Hank
John Bryant as Doctor Marrs (Bryant's character would have a name change in
later episodes to be recurring cast member known as Dr. Spaulding)

Howard Wright as Coozie
Meg Wyllie as Sarah Belding
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and introducing
Katherine Crawford as Alice Lawford
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Music Score Richard Shores and Nathan Scott
Virginian Theme - Percy Faith
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Director of Photography Neal Beckner
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Art Director - George Patrick
Film Editor - Joseph Harrison
Editorial Dept. Head - David J. O'Connell
Musical Supervision - Stanley Wilson
Set Decorators - John McCarthy and James M. Walters
Color Consultant - Alex Quiroga
Color Processing by Consolidated Film Industries
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Assistant Director - Ben Bishop
Sound - Corson Jowett
Costume Supervisor - Vincent Dee
Makeup - Jack Barron
Hair Stylist - Florence Bush
The title "The Virginian" by permission of EMKA, LTD.
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Regular series characters:
Trampas, Virginian, Steve, Betsy
(the character of Faraway also appeared in the season two opener "Ride a
Dark Trail"), Dr. Marrs (later called Dr.Spaulding) and  a brief glimpse of Cecil in the barn.

Synopsis:
The bunkhouse is buzzing with loud voices as Trampas and Steve argue over
whose horse is going to win the race in the morning and the rest of the
Shiloh hands make bets as to which mount will be the fastest.  But the
Virginian hushes the dispute when another noise comes from outside.  The
boys run to the barn where they find Trampas' stallion Red Wing lying dead
from a broken neck, and it's feared Old Moses the bear has come down
from the hills.  The other ranchers are alerted by rifle fire to be on the
lookout for the animal.  Big John Beldon (McGraw) brags that he stood up to
the bear and has a scar on his face to prove his bravery.  He expects his
son Martin (Fabian) to carry on the Beldon name by being just like him, but
the quiet and congenial boy wants only to settle down and marry Alice (Crawford)
who's just returned from an eastern boarding school.  Even at the
pre-roundup party in honor of Martin's birthday the usually fun-loving
Trampas sits in dejection thinking of Moses and Red Wing and won't join the
festivities--until Alice comes in the door.  Another rancher, tired of
John's constant boasting, makes fun of Martin by telling John that Trampas
took Alice away from his son.  Not one to be derided John insists Martin get
Alice, but the young man sees no reason to interrupt the dance since his
girl is simply enjoying herself.  John, who's had too much liquor to drink,
then takes it upon himself to break up the couple and, when Trampas seems
reluctant to relinquish Alice, challenges the cowhand to a gunfight.
Trampas only intends to wound Big John, but the bullet lodges in his spine.
The next day Trampas and the Virginian ride out to the Beldon ranch and learn
from Dr. Marrs that John will never walk again.  Trampas feels badly
about this and offers to help bring in their cattle.  Mrs. Beldon thanks him
and says she will tell her husband, but John insists Martin show himself to
be a man by not only personally gathering their herd but getting even with
Trampas for crippling him.  Martin, who knows little about guns and likes
Trampas, would rather not have a shootout with the cowboy but wants his
father to be proud of him.  While on the roundup Trampas takes every
opportunity to track Moses, but when the bear is spotted Martin goes after
it.  Trampas and Faraway (Dano) rescue Martin from a ledge, and Trampas
informs him that the bear belongs to him because Moses killed his horse.
During his moments off from tending the herd Martin works on his target
practice, and Trampas bemoans "I'm going to have to kill him, and for what!"
Alice will have nothing to do with the fight between Martin and Trampas and
informs her finance she can't marry him because she wishes he'd be his own
man and not a copy of his father.  Moses is on the rampage again, and
Trampas, Martin, and Faraway follow him into the hills.  They find the
bear's cave, and Trampas fires his rifle as the beast attacks.  Trampas runs
out of ammunition, and the bear is almost upon him. But Martin diverts
Moses' attention by firing his pistol and keeps shooting at the animal until he,
too, is out of bullets.  At the post-roundup party Moses' hide is hanging on
the barn wall, and the cowhands figure they never will know who's bullet
brought him down.  But of course Big John, attending the gathering in his
wheel chair, brags that it was his son who killed the bear in true
Beldon tradition.  Trampas, who can "make a six gun jump like a fist full of
diamonds," is drinking one shot glass of whiskey after another trying to
dull the thought of having a showdown with Martin.  To everyone's relief the
young man soon arrives and informs his father he has nothing against Trampas
and won't fight with him. When John belittles his son and readies to shoot Trampas
himself Martin intervenes and says it wasn't Moses he had faced in the
cave--it was his father--and from now on he intends to be himself and think
for himself, not become another Big John Beldon.

Note:  Royal Dano would reprise his role of Faraway in 2.01 "Ride a Dark
Trail." He would still be "the best hunter" but replace the superstitious
attitude seen in this episode with a more compassionate nature.

Look for Fabian in these other episodes of THE VIRGINIAN:  3.17 "Two Men
Called Laredo" and 5.07 "The Outcast" (bj)

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