The Virginian: The Complete Third Season (Collectible Embossed Tin)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Love, love the Virginian. Clean, good shows. Need more shows like this!Published 2 months ago by Connie Sue
i just discovered "the Virginian". i love it i spread out my purchases until i had the complete series. i have seen them all but "the men of shiloh"'. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth M. Hefner
Loved westerns because I loved horses (still do) and The Virginian was one of my favorites. And as a dreamy-eyed preteen was madly in love with Clu Gulager. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Johnson