The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Girl on the Glass Mountain 

Howie is leaving his free life on the range to marry the beautiful Donna whose father is a leading businessman. Once married, they move into a new saddle shop Howie starts. He finds the life confining and gambles away the payment on it.


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Eric Bercovici (teleplay), James L. Henderson (story) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bickford ... John Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Don Quine ... Stacey Grainger
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian
Tom Tryon ... Howie Sheppard
Pamela Austin ... Donna
Hugh Beaumont ... Maguire
Dorothy Green ... Mrs. Maguire
Brian Avery ... Paul
L.Q. Jones ... Belden
Ross Elliott ... Sheriff Mark Abbott
Michael Greene ... Rail
Ed Prentiss ... Winner


Howie Sheppard is a natural cowhand working at Shiloh. He and Winky have roamed the west punching cattle enjoying the free life. Howie has fallen for the spoiled daughter, Donna Maguire, of a successful Medicine Bow store owner. Once he gathers the courage to ask her father for her hand, they marry. Howie opens a saddle and tack shop where the couple lives in a rear apartment. He buys the shop with a low down payment but after a few months must make a $300 final payment. The business is successful, however, Howie feels the urge to return to the open life of a cowhand while working in the shop. As he goes into the saloon on the eve of the day his final payment on the shop is due, he meets an old friend who lost all his money in a poker game. He urges Howie to enter the poker game which creates complications for him and his now pregnant wife when he loses the $300 payment in the game. Without telling anyone, he gets a five day extension but when he can't raise the money, he turns to his... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

28 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Tom Tryon's show.
7 March 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Guest star Tom Tryon is the focus of this Virginian episode as the regular cast takes a back seat. Tryon is a Shiloh cowhand who has taken a liking to Pamela Austin whose father Hugh Beaumont owns a business in Shiloh. They fall in love and get married though Beaumont has doubts about his new son-in-law.

Tryon just can't get used to settling down in the saddle shop he has started and the devil on his shoulder is Michael Greene who just got fired from another ranch.

In the end Tryon has choices to make and they involve his good friend Don Quine from Shiloh.

Tryon delivers a very tight performance, but you can see the emotions bubbling from not too far underneath.

This episode is Tom Tryon's show.

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