Wednesday, July 21, 2010

TV FLASHBACK : THE VIRGINIAN ... THE LADY FROM WICHITA .. 1967

Universal Television
Presents

THE VIRGINIAN

Starring
James Drury
Charles Bickford
Doug McClure
Clu Gulagar
Don Quine
Sara Lane

THE LADY FROM WICHITA
Guest starring

JOAN COLLINS as Lorna Marshall
Rose Marie as Belle Stevens

Lorna Marshall runs a local saloon bar with her "Aunt", Belle Stevens, but business is not too good and the bills are mounting. The arrival of an unexpected telegram from Medicine Bowl, Wyoming, informs Lorna that she has been left a large sum of money and a ranch by an elusive Carl Crandall, who has just died. Lorna has no recollection of him, but she decides to travel with Belle to Medicine Bowl. But can she keep her life as a lowly saloon owner from the moralistic townsfolk? Or will the past catch up with The Lady From Wichita!!

The series revolves around a character called "The Virginian" played by James Drury, we never find out his real name over the nine seasons the series ran for. He is a foreman who keeps a tight reign over the workers on Shiloh Ranch.. As the series progressed, Trampas played by the late Doug McClure became the shows most popular character.. In this episode he has a dalliance with Joan's character Lorna..




Along with "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza", "The Virginian" is the third longest western television series of all time, notching up a total of 249 episodes over it's nine seasons.. It also attracted some legendary names such as Bette Davis, Angie Dickinson, Raquel Welch, Greer Garson, Cloris Leachman, Myrna Loy and Joan Crawford and that is just a handful of big names.. Joan is in excellent form as ever as the Saloon girl made good and with always reliable support from veteran Rose Marie, all in all an enjoyable episode of a classic series!

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