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The Virginian(1946)

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The title card on the viewed print reads: "Owen Wister's American Classic The Virginian." According to SAB, E. Edward Paramore, Jr. was added to the screenplay credits in early January 1946; he is not credited on the screen or in reviews, however, and the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined. This film contains what Par News called "The best-known rejoinder in Western literature"-"When you call me that, smile," as spoken by The Virginian. Portions of the film were shot in Placerita Canyon, where 1,200 feet of tracks had already been laid for a train used in Cecil B. DeMille's film Union Pacific. Earlier screen versions of Wister's novel include the 1914 Jesse L. Lasky-Cecil B. DeMille silent, starring Dustin Farnum, who also starred in the Broadway play in 1904 (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.4748) and the 1929 Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. "talkie," directed by Victor Fleming and starring Gary Cooper, the first "Virginian" to utter the famous "smile" line, and Walter Huston (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.6055). NBC's television presentation of The Virginian, starring James Drury as the title character, ran from 1962 to 1970. The show was then revised as The Men from Shiloh, which ran from 1970 to 1971.