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The Virginian: The Complete Third Season (Collectible Embossed Tin)

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The Virginian - The Complete Third Season - Special Embossed Tin containing 10 DVDs! Owen Wister's 1902 western novel, The Virginian, was one of the first great novels of the American West. Set in the semi-mythical town of Medicine Bow, Wyoming in the 1890's, it chronicled the lives and relationships of the people who came west and settled the wild land. Starring James Drury in the title role, The Virginian was the first 90 minute television western, airing in prime time on NBC from 1962-1971. The stellar cast included Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Gary Clark and Roberta Shore, and each week brought talented guest stars to The Virginian. Season Three's line-up includes Robert Culp, Slim Pickens, Rory Calhoun, Jack Warden, Ben Johnson, Ida Lupino and many more. Includes "We've Lost A Train", the final episode of the season, which became the pilot for the hit comedy-drama western Laredo, starring Peter Brown, William Smith, Philip Carey and Neville Brand!

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  • Actors: James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Gary Clark, Roberta Shore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 2315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GV0HC0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Here are capsule impressions of selected programs from season three, which produced a steady stream of fine episodes -- plus a clinker or two.

RYKER -- Guest star, Leslie Nielsen
Pistolero weary of living by the gun decides to get on the right side of the law by investigating a murder. Aided by taut script by Frank Fenton, new series regular Clu Gulager belts a home run in his first at bat as Ryker. Nielsen's poker-faced villain offers no hint of his late-career hijinks. Raquel Welch has a bit part as a saloon girl.

FELICITY'S SPRING -- Guest stars, Katherine Crawford, Mariette Hartley
The Virginian prepares to marry a beautiful schoolteacher, unaware of a dark secret. Schmaltzy episode is blatantly designed to clog noses on the distaff side of the family audience. Crawford's performance as the angelic Felicity would make Little Eva blush. Drury soldiers ahead gamely but looks uncomfortable, as he ought. Hartley's sister role is thankless.

THE BRAZOS KID -- Guest star, Barbara Eden
Tall tales spun by ambitious newspaperwoman put The Virginian in hot water. Contrived story prone to arbitrary twists turns out better than it should, partly due to smooth presentation, but mostly because the vivacious Eden is such a pleasure to watch. Wild climax, with Gulager riding to the rescue like Paul Revere, is a relic from old melodrama.

A FATHER FOR TOBY -- Guest stars, Rory Calhoun, Joanna Moore, Kurt Russell
Fanciful boy embarrasses Trampas by pretending he is his father, while the secretive actual parent lingers in the shadows. Simple, satisfying episode goes just where the viewer wants. Sturdy veteran star Calhoun effortlessly holds his own with Cobb, Drury and McClure. Bing Russell, Kurt's real-life dad, plays a heavy.
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The interviews on the first three seasons have been done very well. You get to see the actor as they have aged (no thanks to Father Time) and as they reflect back and see the smooth road of retrospection behind them. Each actor interviewed has given a different perspective, and LQ is right in there! He still comes across as the smiling, happy-go-lucky type, and he discusses more about the wranglers and the horse owners that made this period of Americana tv so different. James Drury gave more a professorial view (and I read the Owen Wister book The Virginian because of the JD interview) and LQ gives us more of the horse-business point of view. You see how dangerous it was (it looks it too, at many times on the screen). He would do his own stunts at times, but never got paid the stunts-man's wages! He did it for the fun of it. LQ's interview is fun and for me it was enlightening. He tells us why he and Lee J Cobb were never on the same show together after the directors watched them together! All good stuff and a reason to continue on through the series -- watching in a way I never watched it originally in my pre-teen years long ago.
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One reviewer, Dave, wonders why episodes featured only one of the main stars each week; a Virginian episode with no Trampas, followed next week by a Trampas episode with no Virginian, etc. This was mostly because of mounting costs to produce a weekly 90 minute color tv series that attempted to be as close to a feature film as possible. Stories featuring singular stars were shot at the same time so that a product could be delivered for weekly broadcast in a timely fashion. Somtimes a star would pop in briefly at the beginning or the end of the other star's episode or Judge Garth would be there to tie it all together. Many shows of that time did the same, including NBC's THE NAME OF THE GAME and ABC's COMBAT and MAVERICK. It not only gave the networks a chance to showcase it's stars individually, but more importantly it enabled the studio to shoot two episodes in the same time it would take to do one.
As for the series itself, THE VIRGINIAN was always one my favorites. I liked the idea of a 90 minute movie-like format. James Drury was perfect as the title character and my favorite of the show, though I remember the rest of my family preferring the Doug McClure Trampas episodes. The stories and guest stars always made the series " movie quality ", a fine example of television's Golden Age.
Series regular L.Q. Jones does an interview for this set. He was a fixture in Western tv shows and films especially during the 60's and it's always great to hear his comments. I met L.Q. briefly in the early 1970's when he was in Youngstown, Ohio premiering his own produced film THE BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN at the Boardman Plaza theater. He was staying at the Voyager Motor Inn in downtown Youngstown and a friend and myself went over to get an autograph. L.Q.
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I'm half way through the third season and still love this series. Im anticipating the fourth season with the changes in cast members. Got to admit I miss Gary Clarke as (Steve Hill). Randy Boone as a new regular is quick witted and the music in the show is great. Randy Boone and Roberta Shore actually produced an LP together back in the 60's. James Drury and Doug McClure along with Lee J. Cobb are the glue in The Virginian. I know Roberta Shore eventually leaves the series and that will be interesting how it is handled. Don't want go give it away as some of you haven't ever seen The Virginian. To conclude, if you want to see a very family friendly series based on the old west this series is a true delight. Enyoy it.
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