The Virginian The Virginian (1902) is Owen Wister's classic popular romance, and the most significant shaping influence on cowboy fiction. Its narrator, fresh from the East, encounters in Wyoming cattle country a strange, seductive and often violent land where the handsome figure of the Virginian battles for supremacy with Trampas and other ne'er-do-wells.
Western starring Joel McCrea and Sonny Tufts as two cowboys and friends 'The Virginian' and Steve Andrews. When Molly Wood (Barbara Britton), a pretty young schoolteacher from the East Coast, arrives in the small Western frontier town of Medicine Bow, the friends become rivals for her affections - a rift compounded by Steve's associations with cattle rustler Trampas (Brian Donlevy) and his men.
Owen Wister's 1902 western novel The Virginian was one of the first great novels of the American West. Set in the semi-mythical town of Medicine Bow, Wyoming in the 1890s, it chronicled the lives and relationships of the people who came west and settled the wild land. The Virginian was the first 90-minute television western, airing in prime time on NBC from 1962-1971.