The Virginian (1946)

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    • The Virginian (1946)




      Plot Summary
      Arriving at Medicine Bow, eastern schoolteacher Molly Woods meets two cowboys, irresponsible Steve and the "Virginian," who gets off on the wrong foot with her. To add to his troubles, the Virginian finds that his old pal Steve is mixed up with black-hatted Trampas and his rustlers...then finds himself at the head of a posse after said rustlers; and Molly hates the violent side of frontier life.
      Written by Rod Crawford

      Joel McCrea ... The Virginian
      Brian Donlevy ... Trampas
      Sonny Tufts ... Steve Andrews
      Barbara Britton ... Molly Wood
      Fay Bainter ... Mrs. Taylor
      Tom Tully ... Nebraska
      Henry O'Neill ... Mr. Taylor
      Bill Edwards ... Sam Bennett
      William Frawley ... Honey Wiggen
      Paul Guilfoyle ... Shorty
      Marc Lawrence ... Pete
      Vince Barnett ...Baldy

      Stuart Gilmore

      Writing Credits
      Frances Goodrich ... (screenplay) and
      Albert Hackett ... (screenplay)
      Howard Estabrook ... (adaptation)
      Owen Wister ... (based on the novel by)(play)
      Kirk La Shelle ... (play) (as Kirk LaShelle) and
      Edward E. Paramore Jr. ... (screenplay) (uncredited)

      Paul Jones

      Daniele Amfitheatrof

      Harry Hallenberger

      One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It received its first telecast in Philadelphia Monday 2 March 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), followed by St. Louis 25 April 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), by Chicago 6 May 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Los Angeles 20 February 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2), by New York City 30 July 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2), and by San Francisco 9 May 1961 on KPIX (Channel 5). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so most vintage film showings were still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. It was released on DVD 31 March 2011 as part of the Universal Vault Series, and again on 12 March 2013 as part of Universal's Classic Westerns: 10-Movie Collection; since that time, it's also been aired occasionally on both Turner Classic Movies and Encore's Western Channel.

      Character error
      When Molly first arrives at her cabin, she hears an animal howling. Mr Taylor says it is a coyote.
      But what we hear is actually the howl of a wolf. A coyote's cry is a barking, whining sound.

      Joel McCrea is wearing a jacket in the bar when he learns that Brian Dunlevy wants to see him. He wasn't wearing a jacket when he left his fiancée in the hotel lobby.

      Before the shootout at the end, both men see that the sun is about to set. And yet the shootout occurs in full sunlight; and when the newlyweds ride off at the end, the sun still hasn't quite set: they are riding off into the sunset.

      The color of Molly's horse changes.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Kernville, California, USA
      Monogram Ranch - 24715 Oak Creek Avenue, Newhall, California, USA
      Paramount Ranch - 2813 Cornell Road, Agoura, California, USA
      Wildwood Regional Park, Thousand Oaks, California, USA
      Andy Jauregui Ranch - Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • The Virginian is a 1946 American Western film directed by
      Stuart Gilmore and starring Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy,
      Sonny Tufts, and Barbara Britton.
      Based on the Owen Wister novel of the same name, the film was adapted from the popular 1904
      theatrical play Wister had collaborated on with playwright Kirke La Shelle.
      The Virginian is about an eastern school teacher who comes to Medicine Bow in Wyoming
      and encounters life on the frontier.

      The film is a remake of the 1929 movie with Gary Cooper and Walter Huston.
      There have been several versions of the story, beginning with a 1914 film
      directed by Cecil B. DeMille and including a 1960s television series that bore
      little relation to the book other than the title.
      The film was originally distributed by Paramount Pictures.

      User Review

      Missed Opportunity
      19 December 2002 | by eneely-1 (Chapel Hill, NC)

      ENE wrote:

      This is Western pulp, full of the usual cliches. There is one interesting situation between The Virginian and his friend Tom that I won't reveal, but the ball is dropped, and in such a way that the viewer is left unconvinced. It was the only thing about this movie that would have set it apart from hundreds of other Westerns, and they blew it. What a disappointment.

      The basic plot elements of the film were inspired by the 1892 Johnson County War in Wyoming,
      the archetypal cattlemen-homesteaders conflict, which also served as the background for Shane and Heaven's Gate.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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