CTVA - The Virginian 7.23 [198] "Storm over Shiloh" 19-Mar-1969

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7.23 [198]
"Storm Over Shiloh"

Original NBC Broadcast -  March 19, 1969

Universal City Studios, Inc.
Executive Producer Norman MacDonnell
Produced by Joel Rogosin
Written by Frank Chase
Directed by Michael Caffey

(shown on the ride-in)
John McIntire as Clay Grainger
Doug McClure as Trampas
David Hartman as David Sutton (not in this episode)
Sara Lane as Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury as The Virginian

No Guest Stars:

Complete ending credits:
Also Starring
Jeanette Nolan as Holly Grainger

[Harper Flaherty, as Harper, had a speaking part at the beginning of this
episode but did not receive an on screen credit]
Percy Faith
Director of Photography
Enzo A. Martinelli
Art Director  . . .  William J. Kenney
Film Editor  . . .  Edwin H. Bryant, A.C.E.
Unit Manager  . . .  Henry Kline
Assistant Director  . . .  Harry F. Hogan, III
Set Decorations . . .  John McCarthy and Perry Murdock
Sound  . . .  Ted G. Mann
Color Coordinator  . . .  Robert Brower
Editorial Supervision  . . .  Richard Belding
Musical Supervision  . . .  Stanley Wilson
Costumes by  . . .  Helen Colvig
Makeup  . . .  Bud Westmore (nice job on Elizabeth's dirty-ness)
Hair Stylist  . . .  Larry Germain (to be commended for Elizabeth's "bad
The title "The Virginian" by permission of EMKA, LTD.

Series regular characters appearing in this episode:  Clay, Holly, and
Elizabeth Grainger, Trampas, the Virginian, and Harper

Brief Synopsis:
Clay, Holly, Trampas, and the Virginian dig against time to free Liz (who
had sought shelter in the tunnel during a storm) from entrapment in an
abandoned mineshaft.

Note:  This was one of those "Shiloh Family" episodes in which the
affectionate bonds between characters were evident.  When Elizabeth's horse
galloped in to the ranch without her the Virginian and Trampas (who gave up
his much anticipated night on the town) offered to help the Graingers locate
and rescue the girl.  Mrs. Grainger was the loving and worried aunt who
could not sit at home doing nothing after her husband and the Virginian left
for the initial search.  The Virginian assured Liz that "We're all here" and
were going to get her out and saved Clay from being crushed by another
cave in (although it had to be by punching him in the face to get his
attention when the rancher refused to leave the shaft).  Trampas' concern
and compassion was especially apparent in his encouragement to Mrs. Grainger
when all hope for Liz's survival seemed lost, his insistence on being the
one to go into the escape tunnel he'd found to look for a way to free Elizabeth,
and his sympathetic yet teasing manner with the girl when he was able to
make contact with her.  When it was decided to set off an explosion in hopes
of moving the boulder which separated Liz from freedom Clay's care for his
niece and protectiveness of his men shown when he told Trampas (who wanted
to take the risk) that he alone was taking the gunpowder charge into the
shaft and there would be no argument about it.  In my opinion
this is the type of story that endeared the series to many of its fans and
was unfortunately sorely lacking in the ninth season's "The Men From Shiloh." (bj)

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