The Virginian (1929)

92 mins | Western | 9 November 1929

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HISTORY

According to a 21 May 1929 LAT news item, location shooting was about to commence in Sonora, CA. Reviews highly praised this big-budget Western, one of the first (along with Fox's 1930 released The Arizona Kid (see entry)), of the studio produced, large-scale, all-dialogue Westerns. As the Var critic noted, the picture "proves that with the right material properly handled, sound turns the knell for westerns into one of animation...superbly combining drama with comedy."
       For information on several other film and television adaptations of the Owen Wister story, please consult the entry below for the 1946 Paramount release, directed by Stuart Gilmore and starring Joel McCrea and Brian ... More Less

According to a 21 May 1929 LAT news item, location shooting was about to commence in Sonora, CA. Reviews highly praised this big-budget Western, one of the first (along with Fox's 1930 released The Arizona Kid (see entry)), of the studio produced, large-scale, all-dialogue Westerns. As the Var critic noted, the picture "proves that with the right material properly handled, sound turns the knell for westerns into one of animation...superbly combining drama with comedy."
       For information on several other film and television adaptations of the Owen Wister story, please consult the entry below for the 1946 Paramount release, directed by Stuart Gilmore and starring Joel McCrea and Brian Donlevy. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
11 Jan 1930
p. 32.
Film Daily
29 Dec 1929
p. 8.
Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
21 May 1929
p. A10.
Los Angeles Times
1 Nov 1929
p. A9.
New York Times
23 Dec 1929
p. 18.
Time
6 Jan 1930
p. 35.
Variety
25 Dec 1929
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Virginian by Owen Wister (New York, 1902) and the play of the same name by Owen Wister and Kirk La Shelle (New York, 5 Jan 1904).
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 November 1929
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 1 November 1929
Production Date:
began late May 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 November 1929
Copyright Number:
LP835
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 7,407 ft; copyrighted as 12 reels.
Duration(in mins):
92
Length(in feet):
8,717
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The Virginian, foreman of the Box H Ranch, near Medicine Bow, Wyoming, meets Steve, an old friend, and gives him a job; and they both encounter Molly Wood, the new schoolteacher just arrived from Vermont. In a saloon the Virginian and Trampas quarrel over a dancer, but the foreman forces him down. At a christening party the foreman and Steve play a prank--for which Steve is blamed--on some sleeping babies, leaving the Virginian free to walk Molly home. Soon their friendship grows into love, but Molly declines marriage. Steve joins up with Trampas and his gang of rustlers; and when he is captured by a posse, the Virginian is forced to supervise his hanging, causing Molly to spurn the Virginian. When he is wounded, however, she nurses him, and they plan to marry. Trampas orders him to leave town, and though the girl resists, the Virginian shoots Trampas in a ... +


The Virginian, foreman of the Box H Ranch, near Medicine Bow, Wyoming, meets Steve, an old friend, and gives him a job; and they both encounter Molly Wood, the new schoolteacher just arrived from Vermont. In a saloon the Virginian and Trampas quarrel over a dancer, but the foreman forces him down. At a christening party the foreman and Steve play a prank--for which Steve is blamed--on some sleeping babies, leaving the Virginian free to walk Molly home. Soon their friendship grows into love, but Molly declines marriage. Steve joins up with Trampas and his gang of rustlers; and when he is captured by a posse, the Virginian is forced to supervise his hanging, causing Molly to spurn the Virginian. When he is wounded, however, she nurses him, and they plan to marry. Trampas orders him to leave town, and though the girl resists, the Virginian shoots Trampas in a duel. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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