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A History of Television's The Virginian, 1962-1971 Paperback – November 19, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0786446803 ISBN-10: 0786446803

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (November 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786446803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786446803
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In my humble opinion the book was very interesting and very well written. I was fascinated. Thank you for writing the book." - Randy Boone.

"I am very impressed with it. You did a great job of research on The Virginian and it is certainly apparent in the book. It is a work that reflects your high standards." - Frank Price (Executive Producer).

"A magnificent must" --Western Clipping

"Essential" --Free Rein Magazine

"Wonderfully detailed and nostalgic book...congratulations on this remarkable effort!" --The Virginian.

About the Author

Paul Green's published books to date also include Pete Duel : A Biography (2007), Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns (2009) and Jennifer Jones : The Life and Films (2011).

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Customer Reviews

The guide for each episode is fantastic.
It was interesting to read about the episodes and what went into making the series as well as things that the actors were thinking and the behind the scene activities.
Paul Greene did a fantastic job interviewing the surviving actors and writing brief bios of the producers, writers, directors and cinema photograghers.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Hedwig Kaspereit on July 31, 2008
Format: Library Binding
This book is a must for anybody who loves all the series from 'The Virginian' and 'The men from Shiloh'. It is well written, easy and pleasant to read and you just step back in a world of filming that, to my opinion, doesn't exist anymore. Mr. Green starts the book by telling how the idea started and gives chapter by chapter an overview of the seasons. He then brings up Production and Location and goes again chapterwise over to interviews with the most principal characters, which brings the series really back to life again.
I loved all the main actors, but as for many people, I loved Mr.Doug McClure as Trampas. It was very touching to read the interviews about him, told by the actors and especially also by his close familymembers.
I truly must say that Mr. Green has done a marvellous job. He has written in a very human way, with a big touch of respect to everyone who has worked on the series. AND he has written down the list of all the seasons, including all the titles and synopsisses. Just try to find that somewhere else! To me, it is a book which I can read over and over again and I can only advice to buy it. Thank you Mr. Green!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vickie Harvey on June 14, 2008
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I came across author Paul Green by reading his book about the sad, short life of Pete Duel, who starred in the western Alias Smith and Jones. That is where I discovered he had written a book about The Virginian. I immediately purchased that book and I was not disappointed. It is very organized and answered many of the questions I always wondered about after viewing the series. It covers very throughly all aspects of the series, the cast, crew, locations and much more. This book is a must read for all Virginian fans and is a great read if you are a fan of any TV western series. This book is "worth the price of admission!"

Vickie Harvey
San Diego, CA
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gary P. Cohen on April 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really enjoy reading well-written books on the tv shows of my youth. I think its important that the show should be long gone as the writer can then concentrate on the entire series. In the 1990's the annoying phenomenon began of having a book published after each season. I think it began with "Babylon 5" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (2 series I enjoyed greatly.) That trend continues today with "Smallville," "Bones," "Supernatural," etc.
But back to this book, it is a very good one. I loved tv westerns as a kid and watched most of them. However due to its 90 minute length, "The Virginian" was never one of my favorites. My father used to watch it and the show seemed to me to take an eternity. However when I finally got cable in the late 1980s, "The Virginian" used to be shown Saturday afternoons. I started taping it on my vcr and would watch it back scanning out the commercials. And I discovered something: "The Virginian" was a damn good western.
And this book is excellent as well. After a brief accoount of the original novel, film and previous attempt to bring "The Virginian" to tv, this book gets to the series. It goes season by season discussing various episodes, writers, guest stars, etc. Most of the info. is from the Executive Producer, Frank Price, his wife, the actress Katherine Crawford(who appeared in several episodes and is the daughter of another Producer, Roy Huggins, the man who created "Maverick," "The Fugitive," "Rockford Files," etc.) and another Producer, Joel Rogosin. There is also a little input from series star, James Drury.
After discussing the entire length of the series, there are long interviews with James Drury, Roberta Shore, Doug McClure's daughter,Tane, McClure's ex-wife BarBara Luna,Pippa Scott, Sara Lane, Randy Boone, Gary Clarke, etc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Martin on January 3, 2011
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This book was a big surprise to me. I was skeptical because of the price but found myself engulfed in as soon as I received it. I think it's a great read for anyone who enjoys and likes to know more about the making of TV Westerns. Paul Green does a really good job of organinzing the book and making it read like a good biography. I did not find it textbook-like or a "dry" read. It would be appealing to those who just loved the show to those wanting to learn about the industry. There's a lot of great information on how the industry worked and how the script, screenwriting, production, actors etc. all come together to make the stories real classics. I was interested in the book, because as a musician, I've always felt that The Virginian had the best music, not just the theme (I love that Percy Faith music too), but background music and how it really fit with the photography and the story. Not only was it great composition but the orchestration and musicians were first rate in my opinion. Try and find a show today with background music so well synched and well written (and made to really be listened to using real orchestra/soloists) - it's not what it used to be. So I was very interested in reading about the music production behind the show. I found myself facinated with all the biographies including the writers, producers, directors and composers, who often don't get much publicity. There were a lot of talented people involved in that show. It also is a great reference for watching other movies and shows as you get to read the who's who behind many great productions. I grew up watching westerns with my family but was much to young at the time to appreciate them. Now with Encore Westerns, I've been able to enjoy all those shows, especially the Virginian, my favorite.Read more ›
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