The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Fatal Journey 

The Virginian plans to propose to Molly but four men ride into Medicine Bow emptying their pistols into the newspaper office killing her. Although the posse is forced to turn back, The Virginian continues on for revenge but is captured.


Bernard McEveety


John Hawkins, Owen Wister (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Gary Clarke ... Steve Hill
James Drury ... The Virginian
Robert Lansing ... George Calhoun
David McLean ... Troy
Sandy Kenyon ... Professor
John Milford ... Jasper Horn
Ross Elliott ... Sheriff Mark Abbott
Berkeley Harris Berkeley Harris ... Denver
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... Hank Stram (as Charles Briggs)
Steve Ihnat ... Stub O'Dell
William Bakewell ... Sam Branch
Mickey Simpson ... Moose
Ollie O'Toole Ollie O'Toole ... Jackson


The Virginian and Steve ride to Medicine Bow and learn three convicts have broken out of a Montana prison. The Virginian hears that Molly has written an editorial saying she has asked the President to send troops to fight the outlaws hiding in the Badlands. The Virginian leaves town but Steve stays to give Molly a note for The Virginian which is an invitation to the Saturday dance. The Virginian returns to Shiloh where Garth asks him if he should start planning to build a foreman's house for The Virginian and Molly. Steve hears four riders come into Medicine Bow and shoot up the Banner office resulting in Molly's death. A posse with Steve and The Virginian go after the outlaws but everyone but The Virginian is forced to turn back. He finds the outlaws but is captured and pretends to be one of the Montana escapees. The leader returns with a second escapee from Montana further complicating The Virginian's situation.

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Release Date:

4 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.33 : 1
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This show completes the elimination of the Molly Wood character from the show. The actress had already left the show in the middle of the first season. See more »

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Molly Wood killed off
1 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Robert Lansing is the guest star in this Virginian episode about a former army colonel who uses his military training to lead a band of outlaws operating from a hideout in the badlands country. Molly Wood has printed in her paper an editorial asking for the army to come in and clean them out. Their response is to have some of them come into Shiloh and empty their six guns into the newspaper office killing her.

Although Pippa Scott had left the series the previous season this episode officially kills off her character. It also gives James Drury a motive to find these outlaws and bring them to justice. Again quite contrary to the original novel which justified lynching when there was no law around.

Drury finds the outlaws and finds Lansing as well and also finds a US Marshal undercover with the outlaws. The two of them play one dangerous game.

Some elements of such classic films like The Redhead And The Cowboy, Kansas City Confidential, and White Heat are in the plot of this good Virginian episode.

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