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Original NBC Broadcast - 19 November 1969
Universal City Studios Inc.
Executive Producer - Norman Macdonnell
Produced by Howard Christie
Written by Jeb Rosebrook and Gerry Day
Story by Jeb Rosebrook
Directed by Tony Leader
(Shown on the ride-in)
John McIntire as Clay Grainger (appears)
Doug McClure as Trampas (does not appear)
Tim Matheson as Jim Horn (does not appear)
Sara Lane as Elizabeth Grainger (appears)
James Drury as The Virginian (appears)
Michael Burns (Private Toby Hamilton)
Morgan Woodward (Col. Mark Hamilton)
Alan Hale (Sgt. O’Rourke)
Complete Ending Credits
Jeanette Nolan As Holly Grainger
Mercer Harris as Lt. Ben Carver
Myron Healey as Lt. Mike Buell
Harper Flaherty … Harper
Scott Perry … Drill Sergeant
Associate Producers … Robert Van Scoyk and John Choy
Theme … Percy Faith
Director of Photography … Enzo A. Martinelli
Art Director … William J. Kenney
Set Decorations … John McCarthy and Perry Murdock
Unit Manager … William H. Sheldon
Assistant Director … Richard Learman
Film Editor … Howard Terrill
Music Supervision … Stanley Wilson
Sound … Earl Crain Jr.
Color Coordinator … Robert Brower
Titles and Optical Effects … Universal Title
Editorial Supervision … Richard Belding
Costumes by … Helen Colvig
Makeup … Bud Westmore
Hair Stylist … Larry Germain
The Title “The Virginian” by permission of EMKA Ltd.
Series Regulars Appearing In This Episode
Clay Grainger, Elizabeth Grainger, Holly Grainger, The Virginian, Harper
Clay Grainger and Mark Hamilton grew up together near each other in Texas.
While close in the younger years, they drifted apart as Clay ventured into
cattle ranching and Mark took up a military career. Mark married but his
wife was unable to adjust to military life and when she became pregnant with
their son, moved back to her home in Ohio.
Though their love for each other never waned, the Hamiltons lived
separate lives; each hoping the other would relent and reunite the family.
But it was not to be and young Toby only saw his father on the occasional
military leave and, when he was old enough to travel on his own, at his
father’s military post.
During his latest visit, Toby is befriended by Lt. Ben Carver, an
atypical soldier who is well-versed in music and literature. Then word
reaches the fort that Mrs. Hamilton has been killed in a runaway carriage
Michael Burns also appeared in “Long Ride to Wind River” (4.18),
“The Challenge” (5.6), “The Long Way Home” (5.13), “Seth” (6.26)
and “Tate Ramrod” (9.20).
This episode reunited John McIntire and Michael Burns who had acted together
as Wagon Master Christopher Hale and the train’s ward Barnaby West on
the last two seasons of "Wagon Train" (1963-65).
Morgan Woodward also appeared in “The Small Parade” (1.21) and
“Requiem for a Country Doctor” (5.18).
Alan Hale also appeared in “Tate, Ramrod” (9.20). Even though he has over
100 movies and 100 TV guest appearances to his credit, Hale will always
be best remembered as Skipper Jonas Grumby on the CBS sitcom Gilligan’s Island (1964-67).
Hale also played the title role in the kiddie western Casey Jones (1958-59).
In the early days of his career, he was listed in the credits as Alan Hale Jr.
in order to differentiate him from his equally famous father who starred in
many Warner Bros. movies in the 1930s and 1940s, many as the sidekick of
Erroll Flynn. Hale died of complications from cancer on January 2, 1990
at the age of 71.
Myron Healey also appeared in “The Final Hour” (1.30), “Siege” (2.13),
“You Take the High Road” (3.22), “The Brothers” (4.1),
“Ride a Cock-Horse to Laramie Cross (4.23), “A Bad Place to Die” (6.9)
and “Jenny (9.3). Healey had a prolific acting career with over 175 movie
roles and over 200 TV guest appearances to his credit between the mid-1940s and mid-1990s.
Harper Flaherty makes one brief appearance (finding Toby on the Shiloh range with Clay).
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