The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Dream of Stavros Karas 

Widower Stavros Karas has agreed with a friend in Greece to marry his daughter. He told his friend he had a nice place but in reality he has little and needs water from his neighbor whose son falls for his young and beautiful bride.


Richard Benedict


A.I. Bezzerides, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker
Randy Boone ... Randy Benton
Diane Roter Diane Roter ... Jennifer Sommers
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Michael Constantine ... Stavros Karas
Louise Sorel ... Eleni Niarcos
John Anthony Hayes ... Sam Cousins (as Anthony Hayes)
Russ Conway ... Charley Cousins
Vicki Malkin Vicki Malkin ... Sophie Karas
Joey Russo Joey Russo ... Yanko Karas


Stavros Karas is a recent older widower with two children and a budding fig farm. He sends a request to the old country, Greece, to ask for a wife to be sent to help him. He has told them he has a nice home and a working fig farm. He is hoping for an older woman to take care of the home and his kids but ends up with a young attractive Eleni Niarcos who attracts the attention of his neighbor's son. Realizing he lied to Eleni's father and her, Stavros is not sure he should marry her or that she will want to marry an older poor man like him. Stavros asks for water from his neighbor for his new fig plants but the issue erupts in controversy and a shooting. The Shiloh folks try to help keep the peace and Stavros decide whether to marry Eleni. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

1 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Those boots are made for talking...
24 April 2019 | by edie2019FSee all my reviews

Most of the Shiloh regulars have a part to play in this episode about the complications of an arranged marriage, but what I liked most was the vignette featuring Randy and Trampas - in town to collect supplies - and Ryker. It begins with an embarrassed Randy struggling with a full size dressmaker's dummy outside a store. From him the camera pans to two pairs of booted feet resting on a hitching rail outside the Sheriff's office. It seems to be the boots speaking when a voice says, "Emmett, I've been meaning to talk to you about something." The camera pans left to reveal Trampas sitting on the sidewalk with Ryker. They are both idle and nursing mugs of coffee. "What's that?" Ryker asks. Trampas: "Your coffee. Are you sure you haven't been cleaning your gun in it." Ryker, looking directly at Trampas, his voice level and gruff: "It's perfectly good coffee. As a matter of fact, exceptionally good coffee. You don't have to drink it you know. You could be giving Randy a hand over there with that stuff." (Gulager's delivery is so deadpan it put me in mind of Tommy Lee Jones in the brilliant 'Men in Black'. It's been said Gulager was an actor out of the same stable as James Dean. Not at all, He was a forerunner of Jones at his best.) The scene becomes a three-hander when Randy joins the two men, Trampas' laziness being the focus of the conversation. And despite the earlier deadpan delivery, there's a moment when both Gulager and Boone seem to have trouble keeping straight faces.

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