Cast & Crew
J. W. Johnston
The Virginian is a cowboy who is loved and admired by all of his friends at Bear Creek because of his happy disposition. The Virginian and his old bunk mate Steve play many practical jokes, one of which causes them to enflame the anger of Trampas, the town bully. When the new schoolteacher, Molly Wood, comes to town, the Virginian proposes to her and is turned down, but later thrashes Trampas for making rude remarks about her. Some time later, Steve decides to join Trampas and his gang of cattle thieves. The Virginian is sent after them and, despite his fondness for Steve, makes sure that he is hanged for his crimes. Trampas escapes and later severely wounds the Virginian, but he is saved by Molly who nurses him back to health and promises to marry him. In the end, the Virginian confronts and kills Trampas and he and Molly can begin their life together.
J. W. Johnston
H. B. Carpenter
Cecilia De Mille
The actual credit for Cecil B. DeMille on the film is: "Picturized by Cecil B. De Mille."
The Virginian was the first release of the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. through the newly formed Paramount Pictures Corp. Exteriors were filmed on location in Newhall, CA. The film was re-issued on December 29, 1918. Modern sources list Wilfred Buckland as the film's art director. Owen Wister's story has been adapted on film several times, including a 1923 B. P. Schulberg production, directed by Tom Forman and starring Kenneth Harlan and Florence Vidor, 1929 Paramount picture directed by Victor Fleming and starring Gary Cooper and a 1946 Paramount film directed by Stuart Gilmore and Joel McCrea. (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 and 1941-50. A television series initially featuring the characters of "Trampas" and "The Virginian" ran on NBC from 1962 through 1971.