The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Animal 

On the way home Tate finds himself in the middle of hunting party where the prey is a young Shawnee boy. Tate discovering the boy is deaf-mute takes him to jail after learning he is wanted for murder but finds he becomes the boy's lawyer.


Don McDougall


James Menzies (as James C. Menzies)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Col. Alan MacKenzie (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Lee Majors ... Roy Tate
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Chuck Connors ... Gustaveson
Katherine Crawford ... Karen Gustaveson
Scott Brady ... Dolby
Jack Ging ... Owen
Rudy Ramos ... Indian
Edd Byrnes ... Alex Newell
Andy Devine ... Dr. Houseman
Leon Ames ... Judge Fitzroy
James Wainwright ... Boyd Dewey
Shug Fisher ... Tinker (as Geo 'Shug' Fisher)
Jay Silverheels ... Spotted Hand


Tate returning to Shiloh after a scouting trip finds himself in the middle of a hunting party as he hears shots. After shots spook his horses, he comes across a young Indian boy wielding an ax at him. He then notices that the hunting party is shooting at the boy who is helpless. Tate uses his lasso to capture the boy. When the hunters start using dynamite to drive the boy, Tate notices the boy is deaf and mute when he has no response to the blasts. The boy is being hunted by a group of men led by Gustaveson for the killing of a respected rancher, his brother. To prevent him being lynched, Tate brings the boy into town himself, and hopes to somehow learn his side of the story. But just about everyone in the town, including the judge, is too anxious to hang the boy quickly, so Tate finds he has to take on the role of defense counsel himself with a client who can't hear or talk to him. The Sheriff and Gustaveson's niece, Karen the schoolteacher, do come to his aid even though his tribe, ... Written by rbecker28

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Release Date:

20 January 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dolby: Keep watching. Better be every road and trail covered.
Owen: Yeah. Maybe he ain't coming through here at all!
Dolby: Shut up will you! Never come this way if he hears you jawing.
Owen: He can't. He's stone deaf remember?
Dolby: Well, shut up anyway!
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