CTVA - The Virginian 4.07 [097] "Jennifer" 3-Nov-1965

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4.07 [097]

NBC Broadcast - 3 November 1965

Universal TV Production
Executive Producer Norman MacDonnell
Produced by Joel Rogosin
Teleplay by Theodore Apstein and Rita Lakin / Story by Rita Lakin
Directed by Don Richardson

(shown on the ride-in) (all appear)
Lee J. Cobb as Judge Henry Garth
Doug McClure as Trampas
Clu Gulager as Emmett Ryker
Randy Boone as Randy Benton
Diane Roter as Jennifer Sommers (entry)
James Drury as The Virginian

Guest Star:
James MacArthur [ Johnny Bradford]

Full ending credits:
Michael Stanwood as The Deputy
Hal Needham as The Bounty Hunter
Jimmy Lee Cook as The Cowhand
Boyd Stockman as The Stagecoach Driver
Associate Producer James Duff McAdams
Music Score Hans J. Salter
Theme by Percy Faith
Director of Photography Benjamin H. Kline, A.S.C.
Art Director  . . .  George Patrick
Film Editor  . . .  Danny B. Landres, A.C.E.
Unit Manager  . . .  Ben Bishop
Assistant Director  . . .  Henry Kline
Set Decorators  . . .  John McCarthy and James M. Walters
Sound  . . .  Earl Crain, Sr.
Color Coordinator  . . .  Robert Brower
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:
Judge Garth, Jennifer, Ryker, Randy, the Virginian, and Trampas.

This episode introduces Diane Roter to the cast as Jennifer
Sommers, the orphaned teenaged daughter of the Judge's sister--
After the death of her parents Jennifer Sommers reluctantly comes out West
at the request of her uncle, Judge Garth. On the stage she meets the
fugitive Johnny Bradford (MacArthur), and the two lonely youngsters strike
up a friendship. Unaware that Johnny is running from the law, Jennifer
asks her uncle to give him a job at Shiloh. Even when it becomes evident
that Johnny is the wanted man Jennifer defends him, explaining that her
mother had loved and stood by her father in the hard times--a loyalty she
believes is lacking in the Judge who had disapproved of his sister's
marriage and had not offered to help her parents when they ran into
financial difficulty. Although the Judge insists that her mother had never
mentioned their problems to him, Jennifer can't let go of her bitterness
and resentment toward him. It isn't until after Johnny holds her hostage
and Garth and the hands (especially Randy, who had to leave his sick mare
when she was due to foal) come to her rescue that Jennifer is able to
forgive her uncle and consent to staying at Shiloh. (bj)

Comments and Observations:
It is my opinion that Miss Roter's addition to the cast was to put some
"family atmosphere" back in the series following the departure of Roberta
Shore.  I feel the feminine touch provided by Betsy, Jennifer, and later
Elizabeth and Holly Grainger was something important to the show, especially
in the warm and affectionate, although often teasing, interactions between
the ranch hands and the "Shiloh Ladies."

Possible error in Continuity:  In episode 3.04 [064] "The Hero" Betsy takes
Templeton to a cabin she says she lived in with her Daddy while they were
building the ranch house at Shiloh.  Now considering we disregard altogether
(as it seems the producers and writers of the series did) episode 1.02 "The
Woman From White Wing" (in which the Virginian and the audience learn that
Betsy was actually the daughter of the Judge's best friend and her mother,
who was not married to Garth, had died when Betsy was an infant), we still
have to deal with episode 1.17 [017] "The Judgment" which flashbacks to
the Judge's pre-Shiloh days in Medicine Bow as a single parent to the then
five year old Betsy.  In this story, however, Johnny hides out at a small
house (not the cabin Betsy loved) which, according to the Virginian, was one
of the first buildings on Shiloh and the place Jennifer's aunt and uncle
(Garth) had lived while settling the ranch. (bj)

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