The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Mountain of the Sun 

The Virginian helps three women in the southwest he meets make their way to the Yaqui Indians where they want to be missionaries after the Yaqui killed their husbands. Along the way he and the youngest woman become romantically involved.


Bernard McEveety


Harry Kleiner, Lou Morheim (story) | 1 more credit »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Gary Clarke ... Steve Hill (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian
Dolores Hart ... Cathy Maywood
Jeanette Nolan ... Helen Dyer
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Ruth Arlen
Joe De Santis ... Gen. Rodello
Rico Alaniz ... Bandido Leader
George Wallace ... Dixon
Carlos Romero Carlos Romero ... Pedro
Clancy Cooper ... Murphy
King Calder ... Myers
Dale Johnson Dale Johnson ... Hotel Clerk
K.L. Smith K.L. Smith ... Bartender


The Virginian on the way to San Pedro in the southwest meets three women together on the train. When he learns they are on the way to San Pedro he tells them it is no place for women. When they arrive, he finds out they are looking for a guide to take them further out to the Yaqui Indians. He warns them it is not safe but they do not heed his advice. After The Virinian delivers a bull from Shiloh, he learns on his return to San Pedro the women hired Dixon a man The Virginian knows to be a thief to guide them. The Virginian heads into the desert after them. He finds and has to kill Dixon and recovers the women's stolen items. He guides them to the Mexican army fort after encounters with bandits and soldiers at an outpost killed by the Yaqui. While trying to convince the women to turn back, he tells them what the Yaqui did to the previous missionaries and then learns they were the women's husbands. A romantic relation develops between The Virginian and Kathy, the youngest of the three ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

17 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Final acting role of Dolores Hart. As in the show, Hart in real life dedicated her life to a religious calling- that of a nun. See more »

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Missionaries to the Yaquis
24 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One has to wonder if Dolores Hart ever realized that this episode of The Virginian would be her final acting role. If it was it is certainly in keeping with the life she chose for the remainder of her life as a nun.

She was the next closest thing to a nun, Hart, Amzie Strickland, and Jeanette Nolan play missionaries of some unnamed Protestant denomination who have traveled to old Mexico to be missionaries to the Yaqui Indians.

Traveling on the same train is The Virginian and James Drury is delivering a prize breeding bull. But rather than a little R&R Drury agrees to guide the women into Yaqui country.

Thus is the story, the close calls they have, the fact that Drury falls for Hart and tries to dissuade her from the life. But she's unshakable. All three of the women are widows whose husbands were killed on the same mission and they've made a vow to finish.

Best scene is when they run into Joe DeSantis a bandit chief. His reason for letting them go is quite interesting and not all that noble.

For Dolores Hart's farewell performance see this episode.

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