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 chronicles the lives and relationships of the people who came out west and settles 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're a Lost Train" the final episode of the season, which became the pilot of the hit comedy-drama western "Laredo," starring Peter Brown, William Smith, Philip Carey and Neville Brand!
NBC's long-running series THE VIRGINIAN (1962-71) is noteworthy for many reasons, not the least of which is its status as the first 90-minute western in U.S. television history. It also retains historical interest for bringing into the limelight supporting actors (such as future SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and FALL GUY Lee Majors) who later graduated to superstardom in other series and movies. The program, as many will recall, starred James Drury as the title character, a nameless fellow in the 1890s who turned up to repeatedly enforce his own brand of justice on a Wyoming Territory. Supporting cast members included a pre-EXORCIST Lee J. Cobb as Judge Henry Garth, plus Doug McClure as Trampas. This package offers all thirty original episodes from Season Three, which ran from September 1964 through April 1965.