CTVA - The Virginian 2.13 [043] "Siege" 18-Dec-1963

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 2.13 [043]
"Siege"

Original NBC Broadcast - 18 December 1963

Revue Productions
Executive Producer Frank Price
Produced By Winston Miller
Written By Don Mullally
Directed by Don McDougall

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 (not in this episode)
and
James Drury as The Virginian (not in this episode)

(No guest star credits during ride in or opening production credits)

Full ending credits:
Co-Starring
Philip Carey as Duke Logan
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Elinor Donahue as Carole Cole
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Ron Hayes as Marshal Brett Cole
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Joseph Campanella
as Pedro Lopez
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with
Nestor Paiva as Charley Sanchez
Myron Healey as Yance Cooper
Thomas Bellin as Sam Oliver
Peter Brooks as Brooks
John Zaremba as The Undertaker
Ray Montgomery as The Businessman
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Ed Faulkner as The Gambler
Mike Ragan as The Dealer
Jim Barringer as Jeff
Frank Sully as The Bartender [Danny]
Dave Perna as The 1st Commanchero
Ronnie R. Rondell as the 2nd Commanchero
Ned Romero as Angelo
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Virginian Theme Percy Faith
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Director of Photography Benjamin H. Kline A.S.C.
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Story Editor Cy Chermak
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Art Director  . . .  George Patrick
Film Editor  . . .  Edward Biery
Editorial Dept. Head  . . .  David J. O'Connell
Musical Supervision  . . .  Stanley Wilson
Set Decorators  . . .  John McCarthy and Ralph Sylos
Color Coordinator  . . .  Robert Brower
Color by Pathé
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Assistant Director  . . .  Henry Kline
Sound  . . .  Frank H. Wilkinson
Costume Supervisor  . . .  Vincent Dee
Makeup  . . .  Jack Barron
Hair Stylist  . . .  Florence Bush
The title "The Virginian" by permission of EMKA, LTD.
 
Series regular characters appearing in this episode
Trampas and Danny the bartender
 
Short Synopsis:
Having "run into a little luck" at the poker table Trampas takes his
winnings and heads to Logan, New Mexico, to pay the debts he and his "Pa"
had accumulated and see the girl he had fancied while living there five
years ago.  No one but Charlie the hotel keeper seems overjoyed to see him
again, and even though Trampas had deposited $500 in his bank, Duke Logan
(Carey) brings the Marshal with him and tells the cowhand, "We don't want
your kind in our town."  Duke, who had been the one to previous chase
Trampas out of his community because he wouldn't have a "card cheat and
shiftless no good to anybody" courting his sister, seems concerned the
young troublemaker might have returned to get even with him. Trampas has
no intention of harming the man but insists on seeing Carole--that is
until Marshal Cole (Hayes) informs him the woman is now his wife. 
Disappointed that the girl he'd dreamed of during the long winter nights
back in Wyoming is no longer available, Trampas decides to visit his former
employer then head back to Shiloh.  However, when he drops by their cabin
he discovers the Halls had been murdered.  After following tracks to a
Commanchero camp where he finds horses and household goods belonging to
the couple, Trampas kills one bandit in self defense then brings the others
to town to be held for trial.  He desires to see justice done and signs a
complaint, but the frightened residents want the Commancheros freed from
jail because they have an agreement with them to "live and let live." 
Although Duke tries to convince his brother-in-law to release the robbers
since the murder had taken place outside his jurisdiction and holding them
would endanger the town, Cole, who'd always been one to do what Duke asked
of him, wants to uphold the law because he feels Trampas "forced him to look
at himself for the first time."
 
Comment
With its emphasis on Trampas and his father having been no good
card cheats and the mention that "Pa" was dead this episode seems to
coincide with 2.01 "Ride a Dark Trail."  It can also be assumed the changes
that had occurred in Trampas since he left Logan five years previously
(such as desiring to pay his debts, not wanting to get involved with a
married woman even though he still had feelings for her, deciding to go by
the law instead of seeking personal revenge, and walking to the stable alone
when the Commancheros were threatening him because he didn't want Cole
hurt trying to protect him) were the result of 2.01's "the start of a man's life."

Another note:  Even this early in the series the importance of Shiloh to
Trampas was evident when he sent a letter to the Judge to tell him it would
be awhile before he could get back (he had planned to stay for the
Commancheros' trial) and later, after Duke invited him to stay in Logan,
when he replied "You got a nice little town here, but I got a job waiting for me."  (bj)

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