The Virginian: Season 6, Episode 16

The Death Wagon (3 Jan. 1968)

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First Trampas and then Holly and Elizabeth encounter a military prison wagon crossing Shiloh land carrying a prisoner who appears to have scarlet fever. When he escapes, they are worried who may be infected with the disease.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Grainger (credit only)
Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Don Quine ...
Stacey Grainger (credit only)
Sara Lane ...
The Virginian (credit only)
Corporal C.T. Smoot
Private Essex Kanin
Tim McIntire ...
Marcus Veda
Jeff Malloy ...
Private Frank Jobe
Nicolas Beauvy ...
Bill Baldwin ...
Trampas' Father


A trio of soldiers are transporting a prisoner across Shiloh property due to a lack of water when they learn after a run in with Trampas it appears the prisoner has scarlet fever. A private runs off with the horses leaving two feuding troopers a foot. Elizabeth and Holly Grainger find the prisoner and troopers stranded inadvertently helping the prisoner escape when Elizabeth runs up to see who is in the wagon. The four walk to Shiloh with the troopers in irons. The Graingers are concerned especially with Elizabeth contracting scarlet fever while Trampas helps the two soldiers who have their own internal feud try to recapture the prisoner. However, Trampas is plagued with flashbacks of his own history with scarlet fever killing his mother and brother. The soldiers are more concerned with killing the prisoner to cover up their mistakes while Trampas wants to safely recapture the prisoner who will do anything to prove his meddle. Written by Anonymous

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3 January 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Strange brew
2 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rambling, grab-bag story tosses everything from trendy hallucinatory imagery to ancient comic buffoonery into the kettle. Strange brew that results is reasonably palatable, thanks in no small measure to Doug McClure. The versatile star plumbs deeper than ever before inside his Trampas character and shows off his athleticism with some nimble trick riding. Talented Tim McIntire portrays a bullying baddie with great relish, particularly when he's got the drop on Clay Grainger, played by his real-life dad, John McIntire. Albert Salmi and Michael Constantine have fun as bickering Army mules who cordially detest each other. Director E. Darrell Hallenbeck got appropriate preparation for offbeat material like this from his years as assistant director on "The Twilight Zone."

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