A History of Television’s The Virginian

To anyone who is thinking of buying my book here are the contents.  I personally interviewed James Drury, Gary Clarke, Roberta Shore, Randy Boone, Sara Lane, Pippa Scott, Tane McClure, Diane McClure, BarBara Luna, Katherine Crawford, John Saxon, executive producer Frank Price and producer-writer Joel Rogosin. Plus director Abner Biberman’s daughter-in-law Elizabeth Perry and writer Roland Kibbee’s daughter Meredith Kibbee.

Frank Price provided many behind-the-scenes photographs from his personal collection.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword by Frank Price 1
Preface 5
Introduction 7

1. Owen Wister      9
2. Beginnings      15
3. The Virginian: Season One      21
4. Early Seasons: Seasons Two and Three      31
5. Change of Direction: Season Four      45
6. New Beginnings: Season Five      51
7. MacDonnell in Charge: Seasons Six to Eight      62
8. The Men from Shiloh: Season Nine      72
9. Production and Location      79
10. Lee J. Cobb: Judge Henry Garth 90
11. James Drury: The Virginian 94
12. Doug McClure: Trampas 104
13. Gary Clarke: Steve Hill 118
14. Roberta Shore: Betsy Garth 132
15. Randy Boone: Randy Benton 140
16. Clu Gulager and Diane Roter: Emmett Ryker and Jennifer Sommers 151
17. Charles Bickford, Don Quine and Sara Lane: John, Stacey and Elizabeth Grainger 155
18. John McIntire, David Hartman and Tim Matheson: Clay Grainger, David Sutton and Jim Horn 166
19. Stewart Granger and Lee Majors: Col. Alan Mackenzie and Roy Tate 170
20. Familiar Faces: Pippa Scott, L. Q. Jones, John Dehner, Jeanette Nolan and Ross Elliott      173
21. Frank Price: Executive Producer      179
22. Producers      184
23. Writers      192
24. Directors      200
25. Directors of Photography      212
26. Composers      217
27. Episode Guide      230
28. Afterthoughts      267

Appendix: The Virginian Memorabilia 269
Bibliography 271
Index 275

8 thoughts on “A History of Television’s The Virginian”

  1. I’ve said it many times before and I will say it again, ‘Great Book!’ Kudos, Paul. I have the hardcover edition and I reference it often. Best wishes on the softcover edition.

    1. Thanks Karen. The intention of my publisher converting to softcover is to encourage a new readership. Hopefully the TV broadcasts and DVD release will peak interest again. “The Virginian” has remained far too long in limbo. Welcome back! 🙂

  2. I have the hard copy of the book and thought it was one of the best books I have read on a particular TV show. Like Karen, I refer to it often. It is full of information and the interviews are very good. It is amazing how many individuals involved in the making of this wonderful western Paul was able to talk with. I fully intend to order the softback version soon. Anyone interested in this show should read it, you won’t be disappointed.

    1. Thanks for your kind word Mila. Writing this book was a genuine pleasure because everyone who agreed to an interview was truthful and candid about their experiences. They all had a fondness for “The Virginian” despite any behind-the-scenes friction.

  3. Hi, Paul,
    Back again after an absence while my nephew rid my computer of a virus. I wanted to let you know that the hardcover version of your book that I donated the Waterford library is on the shelves. I will check in another month or so to see how many people have taken it out. It has one of Janet’s card that we handed out in Claremorris (to no avail!) with the websites, such as The Virginian Authorised group and The Irish Virginian Forum, this website, Jim’s Myspace page, and Karen and Janet’s Youtube sites on it. During the past month, there have been 8 new members on both Virginian groups and the signatures on the petition have gone over 800. Hopefully the book will bring in a few new Waterford members.

    1. Yes Mike. My book can be ordered through my publisher McFarland & Co.(direct link on this site) or through Amazon or various online bookstores such as Barnes & Noble.

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