- The Virginian (TV series)
show_name = The Virginian
caption = Opening title
show_name_2 = "The Men from Shiloh"
genre = Western
Richard A. Colla
NBC Revue Studios(season 1) Universal TV(seasons 2-9)
James Drury Doug McClure Lee J. Cobb John McIntire Charles Bickford Stewart Granger Clu Gulager Gary Clarke Randy Boone Roberta Shore
opentheme = "The Virginian" by
country = USA
language = English
num_seasons = 9
num_episodes = 249
Charles Marquis Warren
John Thomas James
producer = Frank Telford
editor = Lee Huntington
Robert L. Kimble
Robert K. Richard
cinematography = Alric Edens
Gerald Perry Finnerman
runtime = 90 Min.
September 19, 1962
March 24, 1971
imdb_id = 0055710
tv_com_id = 1042
"The Virginian" is a western-themed
televisionseries which aired on NBCfrom 1962 to 1971 for a total of 249 episodes. It was the first western to air in 90-minute installments each week (75 minutes excluding commercial breaks). Two other westerns later followed the same 90-minute format later in the 1960s, " Wagon Train" and " Cimarron Strip", each of those, however, lasting for only a single season. The show differed from "Wagon Train" in that it was filmed in the color format from its inception. [ [http://www.tv.com/show/1042/summary.html Tv.com] ]
Loosely based on the Owen Wister novel, the series revolved around a foreman, played by
James Drury, who went by the name "The Virginian"; his real name was never revealed in the nine years the show was on the air. The series took place in Medicine Bow, Wyoming, and revolved around The Virginian's quest to maintain an orderly lifestyle for the ranch he worked on, which was called "Shiloh Ranch". Other key characters included Trampas (played by Doug McClure) and Steve Hill (played by Gary Clarke). The main horse on the show was named Joe D. As the show progressed, Trampas became the more recognizable of the characters, and continues to be the role for which actor Doug McClure is best known.
The ranch had four owners throughout its run: Judge Garth (played by
Lee J. Cobb), the Grainger brothers (played by Charles Bickfordand John McIntire) and Colonel Alan McKenzie (played by Stewart Granger; the Graingers were replaced by a Granger who didn't play a Grainger). The theme song was titled "Lonesome Tree" and was written by Percy Faithand conducted by Revue musical director, Stanley Wilson.
In the final year, when Col. McKenzie took over Shiloh Ranch, the name of the program was changed to "The Men from Shiloh", and the look of the series was completely redesigned, with much broader brims and higher crowns on the hats, beards and moustaches, and jauntier and more imaginative costumes for the characters. These changes were not considered "improvements" by most of the fanbase for the series, and after nine years the series was near the end of its run, and there was little that could save it.
James Druryand Doug McClurewere the only performers who appeared in all nine seasons of the series.
James Druryas The Virginian
Doug McClureas Trampas
Lee J. Cobbas Judge Henry Garth (season 1-4)
Roberta Shore, as Betsy, daughter of Judge Henry Garth (season 1-4)
Randy Booneas Randy Benton (season 2-4)
Gary Clarkeas Steve Hill (season 1-3)
Diane Roteras Jennifer Sommers, Judge Garth's niece (season 4)
Charles Bickfordas John Grainger (season 5-6)
John McIntireas Clay Grainger (season 6-8)
Jeanette Nolanas Holly Grainger (season 6-8)
Sara Laneas Elizabeth Grainger (season 5-8)
Clu Gulageras Deputy Sheriff Emmett Ryker (season 3-6)
Don Quineas Stacey Grainger (season 5-6)
David Hartmanas Dave Sutton (season 7)
Tim Mathesonas Jim Horn (season 8)
Stewart Grangeras Colonel Alan MacKenzie (season 9)
Lee Majorsas Tate (season 9)
Notable guest stars
Guest stars included:
Don 'Red' Barry
Noah Beery, Jr.
Alan Hale, Jr.
Walter Woolf King
George C. Scott
References in popular culture
* The series was mentioned in the "
Monty Python's Flying Circus" episode "Royal Episode 13" in which John Cleeseannounced that the Pythons would not be engaging in their typical silliness because the Queen (Elizabeth II) would be tuning in to the show later, although, at the time of the introduction, she was watching "The Virginian".cite web | title=imdb.com| work=The Virginian/Trivia| url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055710/movieconnections| accessmonthday=December 2| accessyear=2007]
The Simpsons" character Troy McClurewas named after Troy Donahueand Doug McClure[cite interview|last=Groening|first=Matt|subjectlink = Matt Groening| interviewer = Terry Gross| title = Fresh Air| program = National Public Radio| callsign = WHYY-FM| url = http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4249835| city = Philadelphia| date = 2004-12-29| accessdate = 2007-06-09] .
* "The Virginian" and its later title "The Men from Shiloh" is mentioned by stuntman Mike, the character played by
Kurt Russellin " Death Proof".
* Over the years, "The Virginian" prevailed or held steady against its network competition, having in its first season overpowered
Dwayne Hickman's " The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis", which ceased production in 1963. In its fifth season, "The Virginian" faced competition from another Western, one also set in Wyoming: ABC's "The Monroes", starring Michael Anderson, Jr., and Barbara Hersheyas orphans trying to hold their family of siblings together in the wilderness.
Germany: "Die Leute von der Shiloh Ranch"
* French : "Le Virginien"
* "The Virginian" - Novel by American author Owen Wister
* "The Virginian" - 1914 silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Dustin Farnum
* "The Virginian" - 1923 silent film directed by Tom Forman and starring Kenneth Harlan and Florence Vidor
* "The Virginian" - 1929 film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Gary Cooper, Walter Huston and Richard Arlen
* "The Virginian" - 1946 film
* "A History of Television's The Virginian 1962–1971" by Paul Green, with a foreword by former executive producer Frank Price, (2006) ISBN 0-786-42613-6
* [http://www.myspace.com/james_drury Info at James Drury Myspace]
* [http://www.thevirginian.co.cc "The Virginian Fan Website"]
* [http://tviv.org/The_Men_from_Shiloh "The Virginian" at TVIV]
* [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8271903046332512585 Roy Huggins' American Archive of Television Interview]
* [http://ctva.biz/US/Western/Virginian/V-homepage.htm Classic TV Archive Western - "The Virginian" (Universal/NBC) (1962-71) starring James Drury]
* [http://www.fiftiesweb.com/tv/virginian.htm The Virginian]
* [http://www.buckskins.com/contents.htm Tribute to Trampas]
* [http://www.loti.com/sixties_TV/The_Virginian_Television_Classic.htm Television Classic, The Virginian] DEFAULTSORT:Virginian, The
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