CTVA - The Virginian 5.26 [146] "A Welcoming Town" 22-Mar-1967

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5.26 [146]
"A Welcoming Town"

NBC Broadcast - 22 March 1967

Universal Television
A Division of Universal City Studios, Inc.
Executive Producer Frank Price
Produced By Cy Chermak
Teleplay By Sy Salkowitz
Based On A Screenplay By William Talman and Norman Jolley
Directed by Abner Biberman

(shown on the ride-in)
Charles Bickford as John Grainger (not in this episode)
Doug McClure as Trampas
Clu Gulager as Emmett Ryker (not in this episode)
Don Quine as Stacey Grainger (not in this episode)
Sara Lane as Elizabeth Grainger (not in this episode)
James Drury as The Virginian (not in this episode)

Guest Stars:
Robert Fuller [Clint Richards]
Frank Overton [Sam Atkins]
Carole Wells [Kathy Atkins]

Full ending credits:
Lynda Day as Judy Atkins
Phillip E. Pine as The Sheriff
Jocelyn Brando as Ida Martin
Jim Creech  . . .  Buddy
Kent McCord  . . .  Billy Lee
Russell Thorson  . . .  Dan Marsh (Mr. Thorson had portrayed Sheriff Evans
in several episodes during season one)
Ollie O'Toole  . . .  Assayer
Theme by Percy Faith
(no score credit was given, but some of Shuken and Hayes' music from 5.01
"Legacy of Hate" was noticeable throughout)
Director of Photography Ray Flin
Art Director  . . .  George Patrick
Film Editor  . . .  Richard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Unit Manager  . . .  Abby Singer
Assistant Director  . . .  Earl J. Bellamy, Jr.
Set Decorators  . . .  John McCarthy and Hal Overell
Sound  . . .  James T. Porter
Color Coordinator  . . .  Robert Brower
Editorial Supervision  . . .  Richard Belding
Musical Supervision  . . .  Stanley Wilson
Costume Supervision  . . .  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

Brief Synopsis:
Trampas has great expectations of visiting Ida Martin and her son Joe, with
whom he had lived for awhile as a child and hasn't seen in three years.
Arriving at their cabin with a new bonnet for Ida he finds the Martins are
gone and the neighbors are reluctant to tell him what happened to them.
When Trampas learns that Joe had been shot and killed after he forced
himself on a girl he refuses to believe his friend, who had always been the
quiet and gentle type, could have done such a thing.  The cowboy also finds
it to be more than coincidence neighboring farmer Sam Atkins (Overton)
bought the Martin's place from Ida right after Joe's death and, encouraged
by his new hired hand Clint (Fuller), had begun to work the "poor" gold mine
on the property.  Another thing that disturbs him is that Judy Atkins (Day),
the girl Joe had been accused of assaulting, remains terribly upset about
the incident and refuses to talk about it, deciding to run away rather than
"be responsible for any more hurt."  Badgered by Trampas, who wants to clear
Joe's name and won't leave without the truth, Judy finally confides that it
was Clint who had attacked her--but she couldn't tell anyone because it would crush her sister's
dreams of being rich and marrying the man and her father's satisfaction of having "found a son."

Note:  We learn this about Trampas' past:  As a child he had lived with Joe
and Ida Martin for about a year while his father was away.  While with the family he
was "always falling out of trees, fishing when he should have been in
school, and never around when chores had to be done."  This would seem to
agree with 2.01 "Ride A Dark Trail" in that his "Pa" had taught him to take
the "easy" road of life and also 6.16 "The Death Wagon" which showed
Trampas' father telling his young son to stay with some other people while he went
away on business (Trampas' mother and brothers had died of Scarlet Fever
when Trampas was eight years old).

Robert Fuller fans can also find him in THE MEN FROM SHILOH episode 9.19 "Flight From Memory." (bj)

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