CTVA - The Virginian 3.29 [089] "Showdown" 14-Apr-1965

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3.29 [089]

NBC Broadcast - 14 April 1965

Universal TV Production
Executive Producer Frank Price
Written and Produced by Gene L. Coon
Directed by Don McDougall

(shown on the ride-in)
Lee J. Cobb as Judge Henry Garth (not in this episode)
Doug McClure as Trampas (not in this episode)
Clu Gulager as Emmett Ryker (not in this episode)
Roberta Shore as Betsy Garth (not in this episode)
Randy Boone as Randy Benton (not in this episode)
James Drury as the Virginian

Guest Stars:
Michael Ansara [ Marshall Merle Frome]
Peter Whitney [ Jake Landers]

Full ending credits:
Tom Skerritt as Billy Landers
Leonard Nimoy as Benjamin Frome
Barry Kelley as Sheriff Jim Brady
Leslie Perkins as Junie
Ed Faulkner as Tom Landers
Cal Bartlett as Bobby Landers
Dabbs Greer as Doc
John Pickard as Charlie Hobkins
Don Wilbanks as The Cowboy
Jud Beaumont as Curly Laughlin
Hal Baylor as The 1st Miner
Virginian Theme Percy Faith
Director of Photography Benjamin H. Kline, A.S.C.
Supervising Producer Joel Rogosin
Story Editor Cy Chermak
Art Director . . .  George Patrick
Film Editor  . . .  Edward Haire, A.C.E.
Assistant Director  . . .  Chuck Colean
Set Decorators  . . .  John McCarthy and James M. Walters
Sound  . . .  Earl Crain, Jr.
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
Hair Stylist  . . .  Larry Germain
The title "The Virginian" by permission of EMKA, LTD.

Series Regulars in this episode:
The Virginian


The Virginian arrives in Monolith, Arizona to buy cattle from
the Landers but is discouraged in his dealings by Marshall Merle Frome
(Ansara) who has no use for the family. Everyone in town seems to side
with the Landers and resent Merle and Ben (Nimoy) Frome's tough nature even
though the brothers are there to investigate possible cattle rustling.
When the Landers bring their steers to town, Merle impounds them along with
the Virginian's purchase money. Two of the animals are slaughtered, and
the skins show signs of altered brands. Merle is shot and Ben dragged, and
the sheriff puts the youngest Landers boy in jail as a suspect. The
Fromes, having proven the case against the Landers, give the Virginian his
money and tell him he can go back to Wyoming. But, while waiting for the
train, the foreman sees the Landers and Fromes face each other in a
showdown, and wanting to prove that the brothers were wrong in believing
that "nobody would step out to help when the chips were down," the
Virginian sides with the lawmen stating, "Sometimes you just can't stand
by. You don't want to get involved but you have to." (bj)

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