CTVA - The Virginian 5.16 [136] "Sue Ann" 11-Jan-1967

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 5.16 [136]
"Sue Ann"

NBC Broadcast - 11 January 1967

Universal Television, a Division of Universal City Studios, Inc.
Executive Producer Frank Price
Produced by Joel Rogosin
Teleplay by Gabrielle Upton and True Boardman / Story by Gabrielle Upton
Directed by Gerald Mayer

(shown on the ride-in)
Charles Bickford (not in this episode)
Doug McClure as Trampas
Clu Gulager as Emmett Ryker
[this episode marks Clu Gulager's return to the series, although he appeared
on the ride in credits for 5.14 "The Girl on the Glass Mountain" and 5.15 "Vengeance Trail"]

Don Quine as Stacey Grainger (not in this episode)
Sara Lane as Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury as the Virginian

Guest Stars
Patty Duke
[Sue Ann MacRea]
Edward Binns
[Pa MacRea)

Full ending credits:
Paul Carr as Joe
Tim McIntire as Milt
Rita Lynn  . . .  Mrs. Crandall
Kirk Travis  . . .  Petey
Kerry MacLane  . . .  Jim
Roy Barcroft  . . .  Mr. Tait
Charles Land  . . .  1st Hand
Jimmy Lee Cook  . . .  2nd Hand
Boyd Stockman  . . .  Stagecoach Driver
Theme by Percy Faith
(no score credit was given, but Shuken and Hayes' music from 5.01 "Legacy of
Hate" was noticeable throughout)
Director of Photography Enzo A. Martinelli
Art Director  . . .  George Patrick
Film Editor  . . .   John Elias
Unit Manager  . . .  Abby Singer
Assistant Director  . . .  Joseph Cavalier
Set Decorators  . . .  John McCarthy and Ralph Sylos
Sound  . . .  Lyle Cain
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 regulars appearing in this episode
Trampas, Ryker (as Deputy), Virginian, brief appearance by Elizabeth Grainger

Sue Ann MacRea (Duke) wants to store up romantic memories "to keep the
sweetness in her" and leaves the drudgery of taking care of her father and
two younger brothers and the prospect of marriage to a man she'd known most
of her life.  Finding her in Medicine Bow, her father (Binns) understands
his daughter's need to have "her turn," but Joe Stevens (Carr) is less agreeable to
letting her go and hires on at Shiloh so he can be close in case she needed
him.  Unable to find "respectable" employment to earn money for her trip to
San Francisco Sue Ann gets a job as a bar girl in the Rocky Mountain Saloon.
Refusing to listen to Joe's pleas to quit such as shameful occupation, Sue
Ann explains to him that her
mother had gotten old before her time because she had nothing "to keep her
young and put a spark in her face."  So out of concern for the girl he loves, Joe breaks
into the Shiloh pay box and takes $200.  He gives the money to Sue Ann, lying that he had
won it in a card game and wanted her to have it so she could leave the saloon and go on to San
Francisco.  When another hand (McIntire), who had previously been in trouble
with the law, is accused of the robbery he confronts Joe about taking the
cash, and a fight ensues.  Joe shoots Milt in self defense, and thinking he
had killed him, runs away.  As Sue Ann is waiting for the stage Trampas
informs her that Ryker is looking for Joe.  She realizes then that Joe had
stolen the money for her and was afraid of what might happen to him now.
Telling Trampas that she would return her new dress to the shop and give the
money back to Shiloh, Sue Ann asks the cowboy to please find Joe before
Ryker did and goes back to the farm.  Her brothers, who have mixed feelings
about her return, have been making a cage to keep birds in.  Sue Ann
explains "we can't trap things or people to stay with us.  They only stay
because they want to."  Her father is glad to have her back as she tells him
"I saw some things and did some things and I'm home."  When Sue Ann then mentions her
fear that  something might happen to Joe her father assures her that
Joe had "come home," too.  Relieved to see him, Sue Ann tells Joe she had
thought she could run out on all of them and be happy on her own, but when
she almost lost something she had taken for granted the other things didn't
seem important anymore.  "Pa loved me enough to let me go and you loved me
enough to steal for me.  I forgot that love was the most important thing." (bj)

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