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The Legendary James Drury Visits Mandan

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You may have grown up watching old western films or still catch them on TV today.

Mandan adds even more excitement to its 4th of July week with the legendary James Drury.

(Nat: "Ya tell us your name and your business. They call me The Virginian He's the star of the first 90 minute color western TV series, "The Virginian," which aired from 1962 to 1971.

It's also one of the longest running western series in the history of television.

In 1991, James Drury was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

The one true 'Virginian' reflects back on his experience as an actor and the many people he was fortunate to work with.

"George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst and Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and Robert Redford and Harrison Ford and the list goes on all the people that were in "The Virginian." Every week I would know that I was going down there to work with somebody wonderful," says James Drury.

These western films also live on in the eyes of young children.

Not only are the shows exciting to watch, but kids can take away life lessons as well.

"To see that little kids like this are watching it, that's wonderful. Because even though they call it the cowboy, they don't even know what the name of it is, they see the inevitable drama work itself out. Where good triumphs over evil and the bad guys lose," says Drury. Drury will appear at various venues during his three day stay including the rodeo, Art in the Park, and the Mandan 4th of July parade.

For more information about tickets and appearances call 701-751-4243.

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