The Virginian Season Three Title Sequence

For those watching The Virginian on Encore Westerns at the moment you’ll notice Season Three breaks from tradition with the traditional ride-in title sequence and introduces more action footage to the mix. While I like the footage of James Drury in particular I’m not a fan of the large letter V that introduces the various actors. It was an interesting experiment at creating more of a dynamic quality to the titles but I prefer the traditional ride-in sequence. It compliments Percy Faith’s classic score to greater effect.

Author: PGreen

Published work in U.S.A. for McFarland & Co. Inc. : A History of Television’s The Virginian 1962-1971 (2006, 2009 Softcover edition) Pete Duel : A Biography (2007, 2009 Large Print edition; Kindle edition) Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns (2009) Jennifer Jones : Life and Films (2011)

5 thoughts on “The Virginian Season Three Title Sequence”

  1. I was glad to see Betsy (Roberta Shore) and Randy (Randy Boone) get a (co-) credit in the opening title sequence.

    By the way, did you ever notice that there’s a big smudge in the blue sky in one of the Virginian’s “action” sequences? It looks like a fingerprint or a grease spot.

    1. Yes there is a smudge Bob. Could be an insect on the lens as well. Or dirt thrown up on the lens during filming.
      Good piece of marketing to place Roberta and Randy together followed by the LP album they released in 1965.

  2. Another thing: in the last episode of Season 3, “We’ve Lost a Train”, which also served as the pilot for “Laredo”, they had a large number of guest stars to credit in the opening title sequence. They had to add extra footage (the Virginian riding down a hill) to the title sequence (and repeat one of the musical refrains) in order to accommodate all those credits!

  3. Hi Paul
    I always felt that the large letter “V” that introduced the variouse cast members in season 3 was very imaginative .
    It implied the cast members were “Branded” to the show in a way the origional cast would have “Branded” the cattle with a “S” for Shiloh (The name of the ranch)
    However in my opinion the show was “Branded” with its origional ride in

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