The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Johnny Moon 

The Virginian rescues a man who has been shot. As he recovers at Shiloh he and the Grainger kids realize the man is a bit different as well as being from England. A private detective looking for him provides a clue to his background.


Abner Biberman


Stanford Whitmore, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview:
Charles Bickford ... John Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Don Quine ... Stacey Grainger
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian
Tom Bell ... Cpl. Johnny Moon
Ben Johnson ... Joe Hogan
Michael Higgins ... Lawson
George Brenlin ... Sammyjay
Cliff Potts Cliff Potts ... Wes (as Cliff Potter)
Bo Hopkins ... Will
John Bryant ... Dr. Spaulding
Norman Leavitt ... Storekeeper
Harper Flaherty Harper Flaherty ... Skinner


A group of four men shoot a lone man who is on their trail. The Virginian finding Johnny Moon critically shot brings him back to Shiloh where they have Dr. Spaulding treat him. Although severely wounded, the fit and stout man recovers quickly while he stays at Shiloh. The man has a British accent and he confirms he was raised in England. Stacey, Elizabeth, and The Virginian find him to be interesting to them in spite of some strange ideals about life and offer him a job hoping he stays at Shiloh. However, he quickly turns down the offer indicating he must continue on his mission. The private detective Lawson asks The Virginian if he has seen Moon. He tells The Virginian his agency was hired by the Canadian government to bring Moon a deserting Royal Canadian Mounty back to Canada for trial. The Virginian does not betray Moon but confronts Moon who tells him he is after a wolfer Joe Hogan who killed two Indians in Canada. When he learns they are nearby, he goes after them with The ... Written by Anonymous

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The Mounties get their man
17 February 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

British actor Tom Bell guest stars in this Virginian episode as a Mountie come over to America to get his man. Or a group of wolvers headed by Ben Johnson. The trouble is he's way out of his jurisdiction and the RCMP have him down as a deserter.

Bell has some interesting ideas that would almost qualify him for a discipleship in Albert Schweitzer's reverence for life philosophical school. There's a great scene with Bell, James Drury, and a scorpion to explain what drives Bell.

Johnson is a mean one, but he might not be doing anything illegal.,

You'll have to see the episode to see how the legal and moral conundrums are worked out.

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11 October 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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