On September 19, 1962, The Virginian made its primetime broadcast premiere. The 1902 novel by Owen Wister had already seen four movie adaptations when Frank Price mentioned the story's series potential to NBC. Filmed in color, The Virginian became television's first 90-minute western series. Immensely successful, it ran for nine seasons--television's third longest running western. This work accounts for the entire creative history of The Virginian, including the original inspirations and the motion picture adaptations--but the primary focus is its transformation into television and the ways in which the show changed over time. An extensive episode guide includes title, air date, guest star(s), writers, producers, director and a brief synopsis of each of The Virginian's 249 episodes, along with detailed cast and production credits.
"In my humble opinion the book was very interesting and very well written. I was fascinated. Thank you for writing the book." - Randy Boone.
"I am very impressed with it. You did a great job of research on The Virginian and it is certainly apparent in the book. It is a work that reflects your high standards." - Frank Price (Executive Producer).
"A magnificent must" --Western Clipping
"Essential" --Free Rein Magazine
"Wonderfully detailed and nostalgic book...congratulations on this remarkable effort!" --The Virginian.
About the Author
Paul Green's published books to date also include Jennifer Jones : The Life and Films (2011), Roy Huggins (2014), Jeffrey Hunter (2014), Pete Duel : A Biography - Second Edition (2015), Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns - Second Edition (2016), and Encyclopedia of Weird War Stories (2017).
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Great Book for any TV Western Lover
By E. Martin
This book was a big surprise to me. I was skeptical because of the price but found myself engulfed in as soon as I received it. I think it's a great read for anyone who enjoys and likes to know more about the making of TV Westerns. Paul Green does a really good job of organinzing the book and making it read like a good biography. I did not find it textbook-like or a "dry" read. It would be appealing to those who just loved the show to those wanting to learn about the industry. There's a lot of great information on how the industry worked and how the script, screenwriting, production, actors etc. all come together to make the stories real classics. I was interested in the book, because as a musician, I've always felt that The Virginian had the best music, not just the theme (I love that Percy Faith music too), but background music and how it really fit with the photography and the story. Not only was it great composition but the orchestration and musicians were first rate in my opinion. Try and find a show today with background music so well synched and well written (and made to really be listened to using real orchestra/soloists) - it's not what it used to be. So I was very interested in reading about the music production behind the show. I found myself facinated with all the biographies including the writers, producers, directors and composers, who often don't get much publicity. There were a lot of talented people involved in that show. It also is a great reference for watching other movies and shows as you get to read the who's who behind many great productions. I grew up watching westerns with my family but was much to young at the time to appreciate them. Now with Encore Westerns, I've been able to enjoy all those shows, especially the Virginian, my favorite. Call me "retro" but I'd watch these re-run westerns any day over what's on now and there are no westerns really made like this anymore. This book has given me even more appreciation of the value of watching these shows and especially The Virginian. I hope Paul Green continues to research and produce more of these books. It's important to share this knowledge and tribute to the artistic work behind the show with a new generation of viewers. We need books like this that advocate for good entertainment, and show us the value of why shows like this are really classic entertainment!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
A great history of a great show
This book is a fascinating and thorough history of an historic TV classic... Filled with background information and great interviews with everyone involved. Actors and producers. For anyone wanting to know how the show came about, why changes were made, what the problems were through all the years, and how the actors were feeling about all of it (lots from James Drury) this is the book for you. I loved it all. Paul Green is a wonderful insightful author.
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An outstanding chronicle of the great American Western for those who remember when, and those just joining in.
By Judith M. Ososkie
I have read and thoroughly enjoyed Paul Green's entertaining and informative "A History of Television's The Virginian, 1962-1971." It is a masterpiece of interviews with James Drury and many of the cast. You'll rediscover the show from the vantage of long-time exec-producer Frank Price, and Mrs. Frank Price, guest star Katherine Crawford. You'll learn about the writers, producers, directors, directors of photography, and the composers. There's even a terrific episode guide through all 9 seasons. It is my go-to encyclopedia for all things Virginian. I highly recommend this wonderful resource. All of the interviews are delightful; it's so much fun to glimpse the characters behind The Characters.