The Virginian - A Man Called Kane (1964)
Ranch employees find cache of Confederate British gold guineas
"The Virginian" television series ran from 1962 to 1971.
The main character is the ranch foreman and is based on the character in the 1929 film of the same title.
He is never named and the only thing known about him is that he served in the Confederate Army
during the Civil War.
The find is publicized in the newspapers and a federal agent appears to investigate the find.
The outlaw brother of one of the finders appears and attempts to steal the goods.
Randy Benton is a ranch hand and Betsy Garth is the daughter of the ranch owner.
They are out riding and while looking for water find a cave which they enter.
2. Betsy and Randy explore the cave
Randy finds a gold coin and shows it to Betsy.
3. Randy's coin
The coin appears to be a prop coin.
4. Betsy's find
The pair head for the town sheriff and report the find and the skeleton.
with the lettering "R MacD" and the rest of the coin cache.
5. Pile of coins
A nice pile of gold prop coins on the table.
6. The sheriff gets the details
The banker examines the coins and states that they are British guineas.
Guineas are gold coins minted from 1663 to 1813.
to the finders.
7. Coin closeup
The prop coin appears to be a copy of an ancient coin.
A British gold guinea of King George III:
8. Great Britain gold guinea "spade" type 1794
Gold, 25.0mm x 24.5mm, 8.37gm
The banker identifies the belt buckle and the skeleton as belonging to a MacDermott, a recluse who
was a fanatical Confederate, and every so often would trade British guineas for American money.
He is from the "War Claims Division of the Federal Government" and is looking for Confederate assets.
the gold being held by the bank along with $250,000 in negotiable securities.
9. Family reunion
Johnny is using the name Kane as he is an outlaw who is wanted in Texas for a bank robbery
and murder which he claims that he didn't do. He asks Randy for help.
Johnny is not sure if anyone is looking for him in Wyoming but he suspects that Duggan is.
He then visits the ranch foreman.
10. Duggan visits the foreman
Duggan gets permission to search for the missing securities.
11. Johnny and Donna
Johnny finds out that Duggan is a federal agent and gets his girlfriend, a saloon entertainer,
to find out what Duggan is looking for. She finds a letter appointing him a federal agent.
The letter reads:
You are hereby assigned to this Bureau to explore and investigate the area known as
Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming to determine whether it is the Repository of approximately
two hundred and fifty thousand dollars worth of negotiable bonds, missing since the year 1866.
Donna tells Johnny that Duggan is not looking for him but for $250,000, giving Johnny an idea.
12. The Virginian and Duggan discuss locations
Betsy arrives and suggests that the letters "SUSSEX" are actually "50 SSE X", meaning
"50 paces south-southeast of X".
13. 'X' marks the spot
Duggan paces off the 50 paces and digs up a metal box with the paper securities inside.
Johnny is watching and shoots Duggan in the back, kills him, and buries him.
Randy has followed his brother and hears the shooting.
14. Wanted poster
The foreman realizes that the Johnny Benton on the poster is Kane and Randy Benton's brother.
15. Johnny asks Randy to come with him
Johnny suggests that as the securities belonged to the Confederacy which doesn't exist any more,
they are available to anyone and suggests that they both move out of the area.
Randy realizes that his brother is no good and refuses to go along with him.
Another ranch employee arrives, sees the situation, and shoots Johnnie.
16. Riding off
James Drury as The Virginian
Randy Boone as Randy Benton
Roberta Shore as Betsy Garth
Jeremy Slate as Johnny Kane / Benton
Merry Anders as Donna Durrell
Dick Foran as Duggan
Writers: Dean Riesner, Charles Marquis Warren, Owen Wister (novel)