The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Girl in the Shadows 

Claire Garson and Nathaniel E. 'Doc' Watson have an act in which Claire appears to read minds. They receive an offer which involves them in going to Medicine Bow. Claire is to "meet" the Graingers and reveal she might be Clay's niece.


James Sheldon


George Kirgo (teleplay), Joseph Monzio (teleplay) (as Joe Monzio) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger
Doug McClure ... Trampas
David Hartman ... David Sutton (credit only)
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian
Jack Albertson ... Nathaniel E. 'Doc' Watson
Brenda Scott ... Claire Garson
Greg Mullavey ... William McGraw
Stuart Nisbet ... Bart
Ken Swofford ... Seth Petitt
Larry Chance ... Frank Lynch
Harper Flaherty Harper Flaherty ... Harper
Eddie Quillan ... Edmunds
Bud Walls Bud Walls ... Patron


Claire Garson and her manager Nathaniel E. 'Doc' Watson are entertainers in San Francisco who receive an offer to have Claire assume the identity of the lost niece of Charles Grainger, Clay's dead brother. They travel to Medicine Bow where they perform in the saloon for tips. Claire enters the general store while Elizabeth is there. She "accidentally" knocks over a lamp chimney and cuts her finger. While Elizabeth helps her, Claire mentions she is an orphan whose dad was killed in a mine accident in California twenty years earlier. Charles was killed in a mine disaster in California and Clay has no knowledge of him other than his death after Charles left Texas. Elizabeth upon returning to Shiloh looks for pictures of Charles and discusses the meeting with Clay. Because Claire's initials match those of Charles, Elizabeth wonders if she is Charles' daughter. Clay talks to Claire and notices she has a metal charm identical to the one he and his brothers had. Claire's "entertainment" ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

26 March 1969 (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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Shades of Anastasia
21 July 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Virginian story is taken from the famous saga of Anastasia the lost Romanov princess and heir.

We learn that Charles Bickford and John McIntire had another brother who died years earlier. Now some itinerant performer Jack Albertson and Brenda Scott in league with crooked lawyer Greg Mullavey are trying to pass her off on McIntire as a niece he never knew he had. There's a lot of money at stake including a big chunk of the Shiloh spread.

But is it possible she might be who she says she is.

The episode follow closely along with the famous classic film that Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes did.

Nice performances by the guest cast.

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