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"Trail To Ashley Mountain"
NBC Broadcast - 2 November 1966
A Division of Universal City Studios, Inc.
Executive Producer Frank Price
Produced By Cy Chermak
Written By Sy Salkowitz
Directed By Abner Biberman
(shown on the ride-in)
Charles Bickford as John Grainger (not in this episode)
Doug McClure as Trampas
Don Quine as Stacey Grainger (not in this episode)
Sara Lane as Elizabeth Grainger (not in this episode)
James Drury as The Virginian
Martin Milner [Case]
George Kennedy [Harkness]
Gene Evans [Blanchard]
Steve Carlson as Willy Parker
Full ending credits:
Hugh Marlowe as Ed Wells
Judi Meredith as Ruth
Raymond St. Jacques as Allerton
Paul Comi as Jack Harlan
Ross Elliott . . . Sheriff Abbott
Monica Lewis as Connie Wells
Jackie Coogan as Bodey
Theme by Percy Faith
Director of Photography Enzo A. Martinelli
Art Director . . . George Patrick
Film Editor . . . Michael R. McAdam, A.C.E.
Unit Manager . . . Abby Singer
Assistant Director . . . William H. Kissel
Set Decorators . . . John McCarthy and James M. Walters
Sound . . . Frank H. Wilkinson
Color Coordinator . . . Robert Brower
Color by Technicolor
Editorial Supervisor . . . Richard Belding
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 regular characters appearing in this episode: Trampas, Sheriff
Abbott, the Virginian, with brief glimpse of Dick
When Ed Wells (Marlowe) is jailed for robbery and murder Trampas has
suspicions that the real culprit is Ed's trouble making brother-in-law Willy
(Carlson). With his friend facing possible hanging Trampas sets out on
Willy's trail. The catch is Willy must be brought back alive to confess to
the crime, and Trampas finds himself in the dangerous company of several
others who want to "help" find the young man--a trigger happy bounty hunter
who'd rather collect his reward for a dead suspect than a live one, two
greedy gold panners who'd just as soon kill Willy so they can have the
stolen money for themselves, and the instigator of the crime who wants Willy
out of the way so he can't implicate him as being his partner.
On Sheriff Abbott--we learn he is married. Mark used the excuse that his
wife wanted to borrow a buckskin shirt from Connie Wells to use as a pattern
when he actually wanted to see if the shirt had some fringe missing from it.
The Virginian was going to be short handed if Trampas left to look for
Willy, but when Trampas told him "It's important to me" the Virginian let
him go, especially since, with Trampas mind on his friend Ed's safety "I
don't see that you're that much help around here anyhow. You might as well
be someplace where you'll do some good." A directional line in the script
importantly reads "These two men can communicate without extraneous talk."
The Virginian and Trampas understand each other.
Production note: On the script--8/10/1966 "Name change attention.
Throughout this script the name of the character referred to as NED WELLS
should be changed to ED WELLS." (I didn't hear any slip ups by the actors.)
Look for Steve Carlson in these other episodes of THE VIRGINIAN: 4.16
"Nobody Said Hello," 6.08 "Bitter Autumn" (in which he also played a
character named "Willy"), and 6.25 "The Decision"
Martin Milner can also be seen in 3.25 "Timberland" (bj)
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