The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Last Grave at Socorro Creek 

The Virginian sees Bill Burden with two other men who are returning money from selling ranchers' herds. The two leave together but the money is stolen and Bill is lynched. The Virginian wants revenge when he is too late to clear Bill.


Leo Penn


David Levinson (teleplay), Nat Tanchuck (story) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger
Doug McClure ... Trampas
David Hartman ... David Sutton (credit only)
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian
Steve Ihnat ... Four-Eyes
Lonny Chapman ... Carl Luther
Ellen Burstyn ... Kate Burden (as Ellen MacRae)
Kevin Coughlin ... Dan Burden
Larry Ward ... Bill Burden
James Wainwright ... Jack Withers
Jocelyn Brando ... Mrs. Owens
Mills Watson ... Sam Blount
Don Keefer ... Undertaker
Walter Coy ... Bartender


The Virginian runs into an old friend Bill Burden who along with two other men are returning money from selling the combined herds of several small ranchers. The Virginian looking for horses and Bill leave together and spend the night talking about old times when The Virginian lived with them during a winter. Upon returning home Bill is accused of robbery and murder. Bill tells his son, Dan, to go ask The Virginian to come immediately to Socorro Creek to clear him. The Viriginian is delayed a day by Shiloh business but still arrives before the scheduled trial. However, when he arrives at Socorro Creek he finds his friend lynched and a very unfriendly reception. The Virginian is determined to learn the truth while Kate still has feelings for the Virginian as he had for her. The Virginian has to try to keep Dan in check who feels he must avenge his dad plus he must determine the truth about what happened by questioning all the principals as the key witness against Bill turns up dead. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

22 January 1969 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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He did't deserve his fate.
17 July 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Virginian runs into Larry Ward an old friend with a couple of others. But later on he finds Ward lynched and accused of killing another man whom he had sold cattle to ostensibly.

The folks at Socorro Creek the town this all takes place in supposed to be a peaceable place with not even a town marshal. James Drury questions both Lonny Chapman and Steve Ihnat who were with Ward and they both are mighty suspicious characters.

But the biggest problem he faces is young Kevin Coughlin, Ward's son who wants some payback for his father's lynching. A different problem is Ellen Burstyn the widow who has a thing developing for Drury.

In the end we find that Ward was not exactly a saint, but certainly did not deserve his fate. Also look for a good performance from Jocelyn Brando as the widow of the man Ward supposedly killed.

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