The Virginian: Season 1
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The storylines are credible and entertaining, and the cast is stellar. LJ Cobb is in a category by himself, of course, but having watched the first two seaons on Encore Westerns (and then again on the DVDs) I'd forgotten what a genuinely good actor James Drury was. Ditto for Clu Gulagher and Doug McClure. And while I am enjoying the later episodes, I must confess I miss Gary Clarke's "Steve" and the chemistry the three main leads--Drury, McClure and Clarke--displayed during the first two seasons.
One of the things I find enjoyable is how "real" the series plays. The guy that played Randy carps about this in the book written about the series (especially how the horses were handled?) but I beg to differ. Within the constraints of the time it was filmed--the 60s and 70s when all the actresses had the wrong hair and makeup for the Victorian Era, and even the dim saloon interiors were lit up bright as day--The Virginian looked as real as it could get. It's one of the few Western series that actually took advantage of the vistas--we get plenty of sweeping shots of Shiloh, etc.--and low and behold! When the script called for it, Drury and Co. were actually portrayed as scruffy, dusty and *bearded*.
And another thing: They actually herded real cattle and horses. I don't recall that happening on any episode of The Big Valley. And did any of Ben and his sons ever sport a five o'clock shadow, even when they'd been out riding the trail for days, away from the ranch house and hot water?Read more ›
"The Virginian - The Complete First Season" contains all 30 full-color episodes from the first season. The 1902 Owen Wister novel on which the series was based was set in the town of Medicine Bow, Wyoming in the 1890's, and chronicled the lives and relationships of the people who came west to settle the wild land. The title refers to a man of mystery whose past was unknown.
The novel was first adapted to the screen as a silent picture directed by Cecil B. DeMille. There was another silent film in 1923 and then the 1929 sound version starring Gary Cooper as the man with no name. Joel McCrea reprised the role on the big screen in 1946. The story was one of the best known in the genre by the time it hit home screens.
For the TV series, James Drury starred in the title role as foreman of the Shiloh Ranch. Doug McClure portrayed Trampas, a devil-may-care lovable rogue, and Lee J. Cobb played patriarchal figure Judge Garth, owner of the Shiloh Ranch. Gary Clark, Pippa Scott, and Roberta Shore rounded out the cast of regulars.
Filmed mostly in the greater Los Angeles area, on the back lots and sound stages of Universal Studios and at surrounding ranches, "The Virginian" was strengthened by A-list guest stars. In the first season, George C.Read more ›
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very good value brilliant picture quality plus very good bonus disc with the stars of the virginian. thanks Graham.Published 20 days ago by graham
A GREAT TV WESTERN FROM THE GOOD OLD DAYS. AND WHAT WAS SURPRISING ABOUT THIS SET WAS THAT IT CONTAINED A BONUS DISC RAISING THE TOTAL OF DISCS INCLUDED TO 11 DISCS NOT 10 AS... Read morePublished 25 days ago by BACHIR ABOU ZAHR
Loved this series. I remember watching it with my dad, he loved westerns of almost any type. Hope to collect all the DVD's. Fair price and fast shipping. Thanks.Published 1 month ago by David C. Arlund
I have really enjoyed season 1. It's been fun seeing so many famous actors when they were young and first starting out.Published 2 months ago by James F. Finch
Can anyone tell me which seasons had the 2 movies (full length) of the episodes called Another's Footsteps and Fatal Journey.Published 2 months ago by Dean