The Virginian: Season 5, Episode 4

An Echo of Thunder (5 Oct. 1966)

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After helping deliver a herd of horses, Trampas decides to take a few days to visit an old friend nearby but he arrives in time for his friend's funeral. He is bothered by the circumstances of his death, so he decides to investigate.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Grainger (credit only)
Don Quine ...
Stacey Grainger (credit only)
Sara Lane ...
Elizabeth Grainger (credit only)
Linden Chiles ...
Ben Fancher
Deputy Sheriff Sam Morrell
Jason Evers ...
Sheriff Harry Lundy
Indus Arthur ...
Margaret Lundy
Barbara Werle ...
Brendon Boone ...
Horatio Troast
Mark Miranda ...
Shug Fisher ...
William Keene ...


After a trip to deliver horses to Pueblo, Colorado, Trampas decides to stay and visit an old friend Bill living nearby. Trampas arrives at Bill's hometown in time to attend Bill's funeral who was shot. After paying respects to Bill's sister Margaret and her husband Harry, the sheriff, Trampas is asked to stay to visit with Margaret. The little she knows about his death does not mesh with what he is told by the young Chico he finds visiting Bill's grave. He returns to ask Margaret additional questions but she knows no more nor does the Sheriff when Trampas visits him. The undertaker is able to tell Trampas the gun used to kill Bill was a rare pistol firing a heavy bullet. After discussions with Delores who is a friend of Chico, he senses that there are questions to be answered even though his judgment and warnings from Deputy Morrell and his friend Griff indicate he should go home. When he gets too close to the truth, Morrell and Griff beat him up and take his gun. A later ... Written by Anonymous

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goofy writing
5 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While my wife and I enjoy this series very much, I thought I might make a comment or two about the goofy nature of some of the writing in reference to actual the interest of fairness, while the story line itself is fine and demonstrates that sometimes the lawmen of that time ranged from diligent to slightly shady to outright criminal depending on the circumstances, this particular episode shows the screenwriter playing fast and loose with the facts or rather just making it up as he went along.

I found it interesting that evidence for the first murder hinged on a revolver called a "Foster Special" which was supposed to be must be because as far as we could discover, no such firearm ever is a made up name.

As well, I found it quite comical when the sheriff actually gives a "Miranda Warning" to the punk wannabe for the second attempted murder........actually I laughed out loud, never having heard that in a western ever least a western supposedly set in 1875-1885..........what with "Miranda" not being an issue until the 1960's.

While Don Ingalls was an apparently successful writer and producer, I've discovered over time that he had a bad habit of playing fast and loose with historical facts and technical specifics in many of his creations.......and actually often seemed to inject his own fractured views of history, procedures and technology as fact.

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