The Virginian (1962–1971)
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After a stagecoach holdup and accident, Trampas stumbles into a farm with a concussion and amnesia. The farmer and his two kids tend to Trampas but the white handled gun he is carrying puts him into danger from the law and the outlaws.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Quine ...
Ben Crayton
Don Galloway ...
Bobby Crayton
Sarah Crayton
Sheriff Milt Hayle
Sam Fuller
Hal Bokar ...
Hank Logan
Walt Sturgess
Clay Tanner ...
Station Agent
Byron Keith ...
Dr. Manning


Trampas stumbles into the yard of the Crayton family with a head injury and collapses. After a doctor tends to him, they learn he has a concussion and amnesia as well as being very weak. The daughter, Sarah, takes an interest in Trampas and helps with his recovery but Trampas does not regain his memory. A stagecoach was robbed and everyone killed within a few miles of their place. When Bobby Crayton sees the pearl handled revolver Trampas is carrying, he believes Trampas is the leader of the outlaw gang. Back at Shiloh everyone is worried because Trampas is missing but his suitcase arrived. Bobby tells Deputy Jim Tyson about the pistol not knowing Tyson is the brother of the outlaw gang leader and part of them. The gang decides Tyson should blame the robberies on Trampas but Trampas escapes. Bobby and Sarah hide Trampas while Sarah sends telegrams for him to see if someone is missing him. Meanwhile, the outlaws now decide Trampas must die as the Sheriff searches for him. Written by Anonymous

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19 October 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Don Galloway and Barbara Anderson would go on to costar in the 60s TV series IRONSIDE for NBC. See more »

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McClure's burden
19 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Doug McClure had strong enough presence to carry an episode virtually alone when he had to, and in this frayed drama, lazily stitched together from remnants of old plots, he has to. Trampas' bold, problem-solving approach to his amnesia is convincing. That can't be said of storied slinky heavy Dan Duryea, looking about a mile out of his element as a moralistic small rancher, frosted blonde Barbara Anderson as his frustrated daughter and aging child actor Michael Burns as his dunderheaded son. Despite these and other shortcomings, the episode is watchable. Credit belongs to the efficient traffic management of journeyman director Don McDougall and the pearly cinematography of Enzo Martinelli.

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