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Original NBC Broadcast - 13 November 1963
Revue Studio Productions
Executive Producer Frank Price
Produced By Winston Miller
Written By Norman Katkov & Ed Adamson
Directed By Herschel Daugherty
(shown on the ride-up)
Lee J. Cobb as Judge Henry Garth (not in this episode)
Doug McClure as Trampas (not in this episode)
Gary Clarke as Steve Hill
James Drury as The Virginian
Full ending credits:
Roberta Shore as Betsy
Gail Kobe as Ruth Ferris
Ross Elliott . . . as Sheriff Abbott
Slim Pickens . . . as Slim
L.Q. Jones . . . as Andy
Donald Barry . . . as Dugan
Lew Gallo . . . as Vince
Stacy Harris . . . Harry Clark
Jan Arvan . . . as Cook
William Boyett . . . as Cadwell
Ina Victor . . . as The Saloon Girl
Frank Sully . . . as The Bartender
Stephen Coit . . . as The Freightmaster
Ollie O'Toole . . . as The Storekeeper
Tim Graham . . . as Tooney
Mark Tapscott . . . as The Deputy
Director of Photography
Benjamin H. Kline A.S.C.
Art Director . . . George Patrick
Film Editor . . . John C. Fuller A.C.E.
Editorial Dept. Head . . . David J. O'Connel
Musical Supervision . . . Stanley Wilson
Set Decorators . . . John McCarthy and Perry Murdock
Color Coordinator . . . Robert Brower
Color by Pathe
Assistant Director . . . Frank Losee
Sound . . . David H. Moriaty
Costume Supervisor . . . Vincent Dee
Makeup . . . Leo Lotito, JR.
Hair Stylist . . . Florence Bush
The Title "The Virginian" by permission of EMKA, Ltd.
Series regular characters appearing in this episode:
Steve Hill , Betsy, The Virginian
A deaf/mute man walks into town, bedraggled and barefoot, having just walked 50
miles across the flats all night long, following the 2 men who had fired him
the day before, cheating him out of his pay.
After Steve helps him get the money that he is owed, he hires him on at
Shiloh and they ride out together. Even though the Virginian, who IS the
foreman of the ranch, is not happy with Steve taking matters into his
own hands, he allows the deaf man to stay.
Fighting his way through every prank the cowhands throw at him, Steve and
the Virginian wonder if he'll ever fit in and learn that you cannot fight
your way through life. After numerous "first-man" pranks, the hands finally
break through the wall of silence the deaf man has put up, and he is finally
welcomed to Shiloh.
One Saturday night, Steve takes Judd into Medicine Bow and suits him up in
proper cowboy dudds telling him he'll have to ward off the women now! While
Steve goes to run a few errands, Judd wanders over to the saloon where he
joins a card game already going on with two drovers and a professional
gambler named Harry Clark.
The game ends twenty minutes after midnight when the drovers, who are the
sore losers, angrily get up and leave. Clark asks Judd if he'd like a drink,
but Judd declines and leaves by the front door. Clark asks Danny, the
bartender, if the side door is still unlocked, anticipating from past
experiences, trouble from the two men.
Waiting out in the yard were the two drovers. They demanded their money
back and knowing his life wasn't worth losing over a couple hundred dollars
Clark reached into his breast pocket and pulls out his wallet. After the
gambler gave the men their $300, they demanded all of the money. Reaching
into his pocket again, the gambler pulls out a derringer and nicks the man
in front of him before the man behind him hits him over the head
knocking him out.
Stealing his wallet, they run out of the gate and right into Judd who was
walking by at that moment. Startled, they drop the wallet and run. Judd
picks the wallet up and notices the gambler lying on the ground and goes in
to check on him. Just then the door opens.
Judd looks up to see the saloon girl and Danny looking at him, wallet in hand,
leaning over the gambler's body. Judd panics and runs only to be stopped by
the townsmen who heard the commotion and had come running. They stop Judd
and Sheriff Abbott takes him over to the jail.
While Steve and Mark are having their dinner, Judd overtakes the deputy and
breaks out of jail, stealing his gun and horse. Judd rides until he is thrown
from his horse, spraining his ankle in the fall. Now on foot, Judd makes his
way to a farmhouse and takes refuge in the barn.
Next thing he knows, there is a woman standing in front of him pointing a
rifle. He conveys to her that he cannot speak or hear, but that he
can read her lips.
Noticing Judd is injured, Ruth Ferris tends to his leg and feeds him. Just
as they finish their meal, Ruth hears horses and jumps up to look out of the
window and sees a string of mounted horses approaching. She meets the
Sheriff and his posse outside and, in answer to his question, tells them she
hasn't seen anyone riding by. The Sheriff tells her the man is wanted for
robbery and murder.
After they leave she goes back in and confronts Judd and asks if he
committed the murder. Judd shakes his head no, and Ruth chides herself, did
she really expect him to say "yes"?
While in the barn, Ruth hears horses again~~this time it's Steve, and he has
Judd's horse with him. After watering the horses Steve enters the house and
asks for some water for himself. While there, Judd enters with the woman's rifle
and points it at Steve.
Calmly, Steve tells Judd that he is going after the two drovers who were
working a cattle drive close by and tells him he can come if he wants.
Steve walks out and mounts his horse and leaves. Judd mounts his horse also
and leaves as well~~~in the opposite dirrection!
Steve rides into the camp and finds the ramrod. Relaying the happenings of
that fateful night, he tells him he thinks the two men are from his camp.
Unbeknownst to Steve, he IS talking to one of the killers. The ramrod
realizes Steve doesn't know who the men are, so he and his partner lead him
away from everyone telling him
they are taking him to the men he is looking for. Noticing a blood stain on
the man's shirt who was riding behind him, Steve realizes they are the two
and he is all alone in the middle of a canyon far from the drive crew.
Knowing he had to do something before they killed him, Steve spooks one of
the men's horses and rides for cover, shooting, where out of nowhere were more
gunshots~~JUDD!! He had decided after all to help his friend who had helped
him overcome his inadaquecies and became the man he is now.(ARL)
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