The Virginian (1962–1971)
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An immigrant is jailed for murder. The bias against him adds to the Judge's difficulty defending him. He is found not guilty but when another man is arrested for the crime, his conscience catches up with him as he learns more about US law.


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Roy Huggins (as Thomas Fitzroy), Maxwell Shane | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Gary Clarke ... Steve Hill (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian
Karlheinz Böhm ... Karl Rilke (as Karl Boehm)
Roberta Shore ... Betsy Garth
Robert Duvall ... Johnny Keel
Paul Carr ... Kane
Ilse Taurins Ilse Taurins ... Maria Rilke
Russell Thorson ... Sheriff Stan Evans
Don 'Red' Barry ... Shorty Downs (as Donald Barry)
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Hank
John Bryant John Bryant ... Doc Spaulding
Bobs Watson ... Hotel Clerk
Henry Hunter Henry Hunter ... Banker


Karl Rilke and his pregnant wife Maria are immigrants from Lativa looking for a new life in the United States after his business was stolen from him in the old country. However, they are ignorant of the US legal system and continue to react to events as if they were still in their non-democratic homeland. Trampas and Betsy find a neighbor murdered. A search for the guilty party results in finding the dead man's rifle with Karl. Karl is tried for the murder even as he insists he bought the rifle from a third party. Judge Garth is forced to take on his defense and wins a not guilty verdict but people are still suspicious of Karl. Later another man is caught with the rest of the stolen goods and is tried for the murder. Karl's guilty conscience drives him to admit during the trial that it was he who killed the man when he was threaten with the rifle by the man during a fight over wages he was denied. Karl and Maria, however, find they still have much to learn about the law in the US as ... Written by Anonymous

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13 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Disturbing Themes, and Conclusion
20 January 2015 | by salad1964See all my reviews

The Virginian is the only western I watch, but this one leaves many concerns.

I have grown to like episodes where The Virginian, Trampas, or Steve, carries the show, especially when they are away from Medicine Bow.

I like Mr. Cobb, but either his scripts, or the fact that he was very unhappy with the show, clearly shows in almost every episode.

Further, while I recognize that our nation, came from immigrants, many aspects of this episode are disturbing.

I think it might spoil the plot for you, so I will just say that justice was not served here, at all, and the script seemed to teach people that a crime, can be allowed, under certain legal conditions.

Good acting, but quite a few problems about morals,were presented.

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