If You Have Tears (Episode 1.20)
Executive Producer Roy Huggins
Produced by Warren Duff
Teleplay by Frank Fenton and Frank Chase
Story by Thomas Fitzroy and Howard Browne
Directed by Richard L. Bare
Move that hand any farther, and youll never deal another card.
As part of his plan to prove a friends innocence, the Virginian gets into a cardgame in order to meet the
brother-in-law of a murdered man, and calls the dealer out for cheating. He lays his gun on the table, and when
it appears the dealer is reaching into his jacket for a weapon, he smiles and gently speaks the words above.
Quotation from the book (Chapter 2):
The Virginians pistol came out, and his hand lay on the table, holding it unaimed. And with a voice as gentle as ever,
the voice that sounded almost like a caress, but drawling a very little more than usual, so that there was almost a space
between each word, he issued his orders to the man Trampas: --
When you call me that, smile! And he looked at Trampas across the table.
A lot of people are poets ...
The Virginian and Mrs. Kellam, whom he suspects killed her husband, are discussing her brother, who is
a poet. The Virginian muses I once knew a man, could barely write his own name. But he could talk to the birds,
could tell where a mountain cat had walked across a bed of pine needles, could tell his age by the trees and the
weather by his bones, after he got old that is. I always considered him to be a poet.
She asks who the man was and he tells her My father.
She then says she would have liked him, and he wistfully agrees.
Quotations from the book
...I went back home to see my folks onced. Mother was dyin slow, and she wanted me. I stayed a year. But them Virginia
mountains could please me no more. Afteh she was gone, I told my brothers and sisters good-by. We like each other well
enough, but I reckon Ill not go back.
...Along Bear Creek...Molly and [the Virginian] took a ride...and she was telling him about Vermont.
I never was there, said he. Never happened to strike in that direction.
What decided your direction?
Oh, looking for chances. I reckon I must have been more ambitious than my brothers - or more restless. They stayed around on
farms. But I got out.
...I am of old stock in Virginia English and one Scotch Irish grandmother my fathers father brought from Kentucky. We
have always stayed at the same place farmers and hunters not bettering our lot and very plain ... my father and two brothers
were killed in the Valley sixty-four.
- The card game scene in this episode is a great example of how James Drury could portray the Virginian just the way Owen Wister
meant him to be. His voice is gentle and does sound almost like a caress as he forces the dealer to back
down. In fact, the look on his face is almost angelic.
- See Ride A Dark Trail for a card game between Trampas and the
Virginian that almost turns deadly.
- See my page about The Accomplice to see where James Drurys Virginian
says When you call me that, smile to Trampas.
(Compilation © 2002 by Alice Munzo. All rights reserved.)
(Pictures updated April 24, 2004 courtesy The Hallmark Channel)