TV Review – THE VIRGINIAN: THE OUTCAST (1966)

THE VIRGINIAN: THE OUTCAST (1966, USA) ***
Western
net. National Broadcasting Company (NBC); pr co. Universal Television; d. Alan Crosland Jr.; w. Lou Shaw; exec pr. Frank Price; pr. Joel Rogosin; ph. Walter Strenge (Technicolor. 35mm. Spherical. 1.33:1); m. Jack Hayes, Leo Shuken; m sup. Stanley Wilson; th. Percy Faith; ed. Robert F. Shugrue; ad. George Patrick; set d. John McCarthy Jr., James M. Walters Sr.; cos. Vincent Dee; m/up. Bud Westmore, Larry Germain; sd. Robert R. Bertrand (Mono); tr. 26 October 1966; r/t. 76m.

cast: James Drury (The Virginian), Charles Bickford (John Grainger), Don Quine (Stacey Grainger), Sara Lane (Elizabeth Grainger), Fabian (Charlie Ryan), Milton Selzer (Harold Bitz), George Wallace (Sheriff in Portersville), Carole Kane (Charlotte Rivers), Ross Elliott (Sheriff Mark Abbott), Quentin Sondergaard (Zach), Marvin Brody (Horace), Boyd Stockman (Stage Driver).

(s. 5 ep. 7) A man (Fabian) wanted for murder and robbery escapes jail and ends up in Medicine Bow where he befriends Stacey (Quine) in a fight. He goes to work at Shiloh as a ranch hand and Elizabeth (Lane) takes an interest in him. However, Stacey is less certain about him. The story progresses at a pretty slow rate with little dramatic impetus until the final act. Former teen idol Fabian makes his third appearance as a guest star in the series and acquits himself fairly in interpreting the ambiguity of his character. Lane is endearing as Elizabeth who falls for Fabian’s charms and tries her best to help him clear his name.

Film Review – NORTH TO ALASKA (1960)

Related imageNorth to Alaska (1960; USA; DeLuxe; 122m) ***  d. Henry Hathaway; w. John Lee Mahin, Martin Rackin, Claude Binyon; ph. Leon Shamroy; m. Lionel Newman.  Cast: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Fabian, Ernie Kovacs, Capucine, Mickey Shaughnessy, Karl Swenson, Joe Sawyer, Kathleen Freeman, John Qualen, Stanley Adams, Frank Faylen, Kermit Maynard, Roy Jenson, Alan Carney. When Wayne and Granger strike gold in Alaska. Granger sends Wayne to Seattle to bring Granger’s fiancé back to Alaska. Very broad Western, driven by high-spirited performances and helped by strong production values and use of locations. Lacks any real depth and its main purpose is as a time filler. Based on the play “Birthday Gift” by Ladislas Fodor and an idea by John H. Kafka. [U]