CTVA - The Virginian: Men from Shiloh 9.08 [233] "Lady at the Bar" 4-Nov-1970

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9.08 [233]
"lady at the bar"

Original NBC Broadcast - 4  November 1970

Universal City Studios, Inc.
executive producer  leslie stevens
produced by glen a. larson
written by leslie stevens
directed by russ mayberry

(shown on the opening sketch sequence)
stewart granger [Col. Alan MacKenzie] (not in this episode)
doug mcclure [Trampas]
lee majors as tate (not in this episode)
james drury as the virginian (not in this episode)

guest stars

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(pictured above - James Whitmore, Greer Garson and Doug McClure)
greer garson [Frances B. Finch]
e.g. marshall [Judge Elmo J. Carver]
james whitmore as marshal krug

full ending credits:
paul fix as boyle
jay robinson as abel hewitt
ron soble as deputy wainwright
pamela mcmyler as ellie bishop
michael bow as clyde willis
kenneth tobey as sheriff acton
booth colman as mr. compton
ian wolfe as grover smith
arthur hunnicutt as j.d. drover
associate producer bill egan
music score  lyn murray
theme  ennio morricone
director of photography john m. stevens
art director  george webb
set decorations  perry murdock
unit manager joseph e. kenny
assistant director  harker wade
film editor  robert l. kimble
music supervision  stanley wilson
sound  roger h. heman, jr.
main title design  jack cole
titles and optical effects  universal title
editorial supervision  richard belding
costume supervisor  vincent dee
makeup bud westmore
hair stylist  larry germain

Series regular characters appearing in this episode Trampas

Brief Synopsis:
Trampas is arrested on a trumped up charge of murdering the owner of the
"worthless" mine he had won in a poker game.  The "ranch worker" reluctantly
accepts the court appointed attorney Frances B. Finch (Garson), who turns
out to be a woman, because there is no one else available to defend him.
Aware that Judge Carver (Marshall) and Marshal Krug (Whitmore) want to make
"short order" of the trial so they can leave for a vacation Ms. Finch uses
her feminine flattery to promise to expedite the matter of preparing the
case if Trampas could be released "to be observed in his natural
environment" in the joint custody of herself and "someone strong and
impartial" who would
act as her "guardian and protector."  Taken in by her charm, Marshal Krug is
more than willing to be her escort and is indeed a great help in collecting
evidence, but most of the credit for a successful defense goes to Ms.
Finch's womanly intuition.

Greer Garson was quite enjoyable in her role as the shrewd and competent
defense lawyer Frances B. Finch as was James Whitmore's portrayal of Marshal
Krug.  But I found this episode quite a step downward from the values
exhibited in THE VIRGINIAN.  Although many men in the American West near the
end of the 19th Century no doubt held to the belief that a woman's place was
in the home, this issue had often been addressed in a little more mature fashion
during seasons one through eight when the female influence of Betsy,
Jennifer, and Elizabeth and Holly Grainger were present at Shiloh (compare
with 3.11 "All Nice and Legal"). In this story Trampas accepts a lady lawyer
to act in his defense only
because there was no one else available and tells her right away he is
against women having the right
to vote. It's possible he could have held this conviction when the Graingers
owned Shiloh, but out of his respect and love for Liz and Holly I don't think he
would have voiced that opinion in front of them.  Though Judge Carver was
flattered by her charming ways he also thought Ms. Finch to be a "weasel."
And Marshal Krug told Trampas he knew Frances, being of the female gender,
had put the cowboy up to hurrying along their search for the truth because
no man would interrupt another man's afternoon of fishing (she did indeed encourage
Trampas to do so by mentioning his life was at stake).  However, my main
criticism of Leslie Steven's script is that Trampas was made out to be
unintelligent, which viewers who had followed this character through the
series would know to be definitely not the case.  Even though the cowboy was
by no means perfect and had
always enjoyed gambling he seemed, for the most part, to take a more
responsible attitude toward
life in the later episodes of THE VIRGINIAN.  In this THE MEN FROM SHILOH
offering (as in 9.04 "With Love, Bullets and Valentines") we again find
Trampas far from home for who-knows-what reason appearing to be more
interested in wasting time playing poker (and getting himself in a fix
because of it) than going back to work.  And whether Ms. Finch was playing
up to the Judge and Marshal
by the following conversation to get her way or she really believed her
statement to be fact might be hard
to discern, but Carver and Krug certainly thought it to be true, and
Trampas did little to prove otherwise:
Judge Carver:  "Have you examined your client?"
Ms. Finch:  "...He's not much help.  I wouldn't say he's a clod, but he's a
simple country fellow, quite uneducated."
Judge Carver:  "One can't expect much of itinerant ranch labor."
Maybe Trampas has been away from the positive influence of Shiloh too long. (bj)

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