CTVA - The Virginian 7.12 [187] "Nora" 11-Dec-1968 NBC

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7.12 [187]

Original NBC Broadcast -  December 11, 1968

Universal City Studios, Inc.
Executive Producer Norman MacDonnell
Produced by Winston Miller
Written by True Boardman
Directed by Don MacDougall

(shown on the ride-in)
John McIntire as Clay Grainger (appears)
Doug McClure as Trampas (does not appear)
David Hartman as David Sutton (does not appear)
Sara Lane as Elizabeth Grainger (appears)
James Drury as The Virginian (Cameo Appearance)

Guest Stars:

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(pictured above- left to right - Ken Renard , Anne Baxter and Jeanette Nolan)
Anne Baxter
................... Nora Carlton
Hugh Beaumont
................. Major James Carlton
Tim McIntire
.................. Lt. Tim O'Hara

Complete Ending Credits
Also Starring
Jeanette Nolan
Holly Grainger
Pilar Seurat
Carlos Rivas
Harry Lauter
Capt. Harris

Ross Elliott
Sheriff Mark Abbott
Mark Tapscott ... Lt. Jones
Ken Renard ... Grey Feather
John Bryant ... Doctor Spaulding
Abel Fernandez ... Sapewa
Steve Raines ... Charley Kroeger
Tom Basham ... Sgt. Keller
Alex Wilson ... Sgt. Smith
Harper Flaherty ... Harper
Ron Burke ... Private Henry
Leonard Geer ... Trooper
Chuck Courtney ... Trooper Jensen
X Brands ... Comanche Lookout
Warren Hammack ... Sentry
Theme ... Percy Faith
Director of Photography ... Enzo A. Martinelli
Art Director ... George Patrick
Film Editor ... John Elias
Unit Manager ... Henry Kline
Assistant Director ... Les Berke
Set Decorations ... John McCarthy and Perry Murdock
Sound ... Frank H. Wilkinson
Color Coordinator ... Robert Brower
Editorial Supervision ... Richard Belding
Music Supervision ... Stanley Wilson
Costumes by ... Burton Miller
Makeup ... Bud Westmore
Hair Stylist ... Larry Germain
The Title "The Virginian" by permission of EMKA Ltd.

Series Regulars Appearing in This Episode:
Clay Grainger, Holly Grainger, Elizabeth Grainger, The Virginian,
Sheriff Abbott, Harper, Dr. Spaulding

Synopsis: (rgm)
Thirty years ago in New Orleans, Clay Grainger and Nora Mason had a whirlwind
romance. After a few months the two drifted apart with Clay meeting and
marrying Holly and Nora meeting and marrying a young army officer named James
Carlton. Carlton was an up-and-coming officer who rose quickly to the rank
of major but his elevation to colonel has been delayed for several years.
He earned the nickname "Old Wait and See" when he stubbornly followed orders
and held his position rather than sending troops to aid a cavalry division
under siege. Half the division was wiped out, earning him the enmity of many
officers and soldiers.

Major Carlton has taken over command of Fort Scott, a short distance from
Medicine Bow. Nora hears that Clay now owns Shiloh and when her husband takes
a few weeks leave, they drop by with the major's aide de camp for a surprise
visit. Nora Carlton is a flamboyant and glamorous woman. This combined with
her vivid recollections of her time with Clay arouses Holly's jealousy. As
she spends more time with Nora, Holly develops a liking for the outgoing
southern belle but cannot bring herself to trusting her. The two couples
decide to travel together to Denver where Clay has to attend a Cattleman's
Association meeting but at the last minute Clay has to stay behind when The
Virginian goes to Cheyenne on emergency business.

During the Carltons' visit, the Comanche chief, Nakowna breaks his treaty
and with a band of supporters makes a run for the Canadian border. The
major's ambitious second-in-command, Capt. Harris takes out the troops to
capture the renegades but to his consternation, runs into Major Carlton in
Medicine Bow where his commander tones down the aggressive nature of the
captain's hunt. They manage to capture Nakowna and most of his allies but
a small group led by Nakowna's father, Grey Feather, manages to escape.
Hearing that the Comanche chief has been captured, Holly, Nora and Lt.
O'Hara set off for Denver but are quickly captured by Grey Feather's band.
When news reaches Medicine Bow, Harris sees the capture as a chance for his
promotion and while Holly seeks to save Nakowna's critically ill infant son,
Nora plots to get her husband his long delayed promotion. (rgm)

James Drury makes only a brief appearance at the beginning of the episode
when the Carltons arrive at Shiloh and is later said to have gone to Cheyenne
on business. (rgm)

This was Anne Baxter's only appearance on the series. The granddaughter of
architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the screen actress is best remembered for her
Oscar-nominated portrayal of scheming ingenue Eve Harrington who was trying
to replace veteran actress Margo Channing, played by Bette Davis in
"All About Eve" (1950). Her final role was playing hotel manager Victoria
Cabot on the drama series "Hotel" from 1983 to 1986. In an ironic twist of
fate, when Baxter became terminally ill and was forced to leave the series
on short notice, the producers chose Bette Davis to replace her. (rgm)

Hugh Beaumont also appeared in "Girl on the Glass Mountain" (5.14) and
"With Help from Ulysses" (6.18). Beaumont is best remembered as Ward Cleaver,
the wise and patient father on the situation comedy "Leave It to Beaver"
(1957 - 63). (rgm)

Tim McIntire is the real life son of John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan. He
also appeared in "Sue Ann" (5.16), "The Death Wagon" (6.16) and "The Sins
of the Fathers" (8.22). McIntire died prematurely of congestive heart failure
at the age of 41 in 1986. (rgm)

Former stuntman Steve Raines also appeared in "Girl on the Glass Mountain"
(5.14) and "Execution at Triste" (6.13). Raines is best remembered as drover
Jim Quince on the western series "Rawhide" (1959-66). (rgm)

Mark Tapscott also appeared in "The Judgement" (1.17), "Run Quiet" (2.9),
"High Stakes" (5.10), "A Bad Place to Die" (6.9), "Seth" (6.26). "The Price
of Love" (7.18) and "The Fox, The Hound and Widow McCloud" (7.25). (rgm)

Harry Lauter also appeared in "Six Graves at Cripple Creek" (3.19),
"The Gauntlet" (5.20) and "The Lady from Wichita" (6.3). (rgm)

Pilar Seurat also appeared in "Long Ride to Wind River" (4.18). (rgm)

In this episode it is stated that Clay and Holly met 27 years ago in Tyler,
Texas. When they were first married, Holly taught Indian children at a
missionary school. (rgm) 

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