CTVA - The Virginian 2.25 [055]  "Rope of Lies" 25-Mar-1964

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2.25 [055]
"Rope Of Lies"

Original NBC Broadcast-25 March 1964

Revue Studios
Executive Producer Frank Price
Written by Les Crutchfield
Directed by Herschel Daugherty

(shown on the ride-in)
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

Guest Stars (credited during ride-in)
Diana Millay
Peter Breck

Full ending credits:
Roberta Shore as Betsy
Randy Boone as Randy
Paul Fix as Ebberly Packis
Bill Smith as Bill
Ross Elliott as Sheriff Abbott
Barry Kelley . . . as The Prosecutor
Henry Hunter . . . as Mr. Makely
John Day . . . as Bard
Sam Reese . . . as Squeaker
Perry Cook . . . as Toby
Doodles Weaver . . . as The Stationmaster
Walter Wolfe King . . . as Judge Bradford
Chief Yowlachie . . . as The Indian
Frank Sully . . . as Sam, The Bartender
Virginian Theme
Percy Faith
Director of Photography
Benjamin H. Kline A.S.C.
Story Editor
Cy Chermak
Art Director . . . George Patrick
Film Editor . . . J. Howard Terrill
Assistant Director . . . Chuck Colean
Set Decorators . . . John McCarthy and Perry Murdock
Sound . . . David H. Moriarty
Color Consultant . . . Alex Quiroga
Color By Pathé
Editorial Dept. Head . . . David J. O'Connell
Musical Supervision . . . Stanley Wilson
Costume Supervisor . . . Vincent Dee
Makeup . . . Bud Westmore
Hairstylist . . . Larry Germain
The title "The Virginian" by Permission of EMKA, LTD.
Series regular characters appearing in this episode:
Steve Hill, Betsy, Randy, The Virginian

Short Synopsis:

Alva Lowell is the new and beautiful owner of the Lazy K ranch. Between her
flattery and the Shiloh hands' teasing, Steve allows himself to be roped
into accepting her offer of foreman against the Virginian's words of wisdom.
Steve has his hands full taming the Lazy K hands while Alva tames him. When
a man from Alva's past arrives in Medicine Bow, Alva immediately begins
plotting his death by planning a shoot-out between Steve and the man who is
in town looking for her. After the killing, Steve realizes the guns were
switched so that Jess' gun didn't have any bullets in it to be sure he was
the one killed and not Steve. Steve visits the Virginian and relives
the events that have happened to him up until now, sharing that he believes
Alva has set him up to kill a man and sets out to prove she intended to use
him all along to do her killing. Changing her story from one of
self-defense on Steve's part to murder, Steve ends up in jail having to
prove his innocence. During Steve's trial, his lawyer,
Ebberly Packis, ascertains that the man whom Steve killed, Jess Carver, was
actually Alva's husband and that he was wanted in Arizona Territory for
robbery and murder and that he had a woman accomplice who was thought to be his wife.

Comments: We see Steve put into force the same rules his foreman had such as
no drinking on the job. The Virginian was certainly Steve's mentor. This
leaves us to believe the Virginian was well respected among his men.

Additional Quote:
"Now I ask you to think about it this way: Jess Carver probably killed a man
for Alva somewhere along the line. And Jess gets himself killed by Steve
Hill, and now you're killing Steve by putting a rope around his neck...
Steve is hung by a rope of lies." ~~ Ebberly Packis to Bard on the witness stand. (arl)

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Main Contributor for this episode: Andrea Lopez [arl]