The Virginian

Synopsis: Arriving at Medicine Bow, eastern schoolteacher Molly Woods meets two cowboys, irresponsible Steve and the "Virginian," who gets off on the wrong foot with her. To add to his troubles, the Virginian finds that his old pal Steve is mixed up with black-hatted Trampas and his rustlers...then finds himself at the head of a posse after said rustlers; and Molly hates the violent side of frontier life.
Genre: Romance, Western
Director(s): Stuart Gilmore
Production: Paramount Pictures
90 min

Molly, your books.

- Oh my!

Put them in the trunk.

- I'll study on the train.

Why on earth did you choose

a teaching job in Wyoming?

Mother, you know

the other places wouldn't take me.

I hope you let them know who you are!

They're not getting just anybody.

Your family settled Vermont.

Your grandmother is Molly Stark.

Only 20 minutes till train time,

Mrs. Wood.

Goodbye, Mother.

- Goodbye, Oarling.

God bless you.

If it's dreadful, send me a telegram.

I'll send you money to come home.

It's going to be fine, I know it is.

Goodbye, Oarling. - Goodbye, Molly.

Goodbye, Jane. Take care of Mother.

Cheer up, Sam. You look like it's

a funeral. - It is, practically.

Molly, won't you change your mind?

- Oon't go over it all again, Sam.

It makes everything so difficult.

- Oon't you care for me at all?

Of course! More than any other man.

But it's not enough.

I don't want to settle in Bennington

forever. I couldn't stand it!

It's like being in a squirrel cage.

Oays going by, every one

like all the others.

If I came back in 10 years,

I'd find the same people,

saying and thinking the same things,

wound up like old grandfather clocks.

No, Samuel. I'd be miserable,

and that would make you miserable too.

All aboard!

Please don't be unhappy. - My family's

counting on my marrying you.

Say you found out I'm touched

in the head. - They won't believe that.

My family does. Goodbye, Samuel!

- Goodbye, Molly. I'll write you.

I wouldn't worry about it, Miss.

They don't care out here.

All they ask a teacher is,

can she count up to 100.

We'll be in Medicine Bow

in a few minutes.

Your luggage will be on the platform.

- Thank you.

We ain't in yet! Some cow outfit's

bringing in a herd.

Oon't just stand around!

Get those cows out of there!

Why doesn't somebody shoo them off?

- Those cattle are wild.

They'd trample you to bits.

"I left my darling girl behind,

She said her heart was only mine. "

It's alright. These cattle never

saw a train. They're just curious.

Now they've seen it, so get them

off of there! - Yes, Sir.

Just as soon as

little Agnes finishes her lunch.

I want to get to Medicine Bow and

get some sleep. - You won't get much.

I'm paying my boys tonight.

They tend to keep the town awake.

Get them cattle off the tracks, or

I'll scare them off with my whistle!

I wouldn't do that, Sir.

We haven't lost a steer all the way.

If you stampede them now,

my boys are liable to shoot you.

Steve! - That's right.

Is my whistle that rusty?

Howdy, Virginian!

Only your outfit

would block the railroad this good.

Same old Steve.

Been 3 years, hasn't it? - Yeah.

I thought you worked for Triangle O.

- You know me. I quit.

Like when we rode together.

Some girl's papa ran you out of town.

Not this time. I'm getting old.

I want to see New York before I die.


I don't how, but I saved it.

To see what eastern girls are like.

Get off them tracks! I'm warning you!

I haven't seen my friend in 3 years.

Ain't you got no humanity?

I'm coming through in 1 minute!

Northern Pacific's gettin' feverish.

Give me a hand, will ya? - Sure.

Hope those steers didn't scare you.

- No, it was exciting.

Especially how that man handled them.

- The Virginian?

Oh, he's from Virginia?

- Yeah.

I'm from Kansas, myself.

I see you're from the East.

- How can you tell?

By your fancy luggage.

You wouldn't be getting off here?

I would, if we ever get in.

- Just my luck. I'm heading east.

It'll spoil my whole trip.

Are you visiting? - I've come to work.

You won't have to do anything menial

like that. - I'm the new teacher.

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Frances Goodrich

Frances Goodrich was born on December 21, 1890 in Belleville, New Jersey, USA. She was a writer, known for It's a Wonderful Life (1946), The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and Easter Parade (1948). She was married to Albert Hackett, Henrik Van Loon and Robert Ames. She died on January 29, 1984 in New York City, New York, USA. more…

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