The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Execution at Triste 

Trampas and two hands deliver cattle to a remote Army outpost. Trampas runs into an old friend who is a gunfighter in a nearby town where Trampas must pick up the payment. However, his friend has his eye on killing Trampas for no reason.


Robert L. Friend


John Dunkel, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bickford ... John Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Don Quine ... Stacey Grainger (credit only)
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Robert Lansing ... Lee Knight
Sharon Farrell ... Mavis
Burt Douglas Burt Douglas ... Burt
Kelly Thordsen ... The Constable
Cyril Delevanti ... Stonecutter
Steve Raines ... Morgan Oliver
Nate Esformes ... Crazy Juan
Philip Chapin Philip Chapin ... Lieutenant
Percy Helton ... Storekeeper


Trampas and two cowhands, Burt and Morgan, drive a herd of cattle to a remote army fort. Trampas must go to Triste, which is almost a ghost town, to receive the $1500 for the herd. However, the owner of the bank is gone so he must wait overnight to get the money. While there he encounters an old friend from Abilene he knew ten years before, Lee Knight, who is a gun fighter tired of life. He tries to challenge Trampas to a gun fight which Trampas tries to avoid. Everyone including Knight's girlfriend and bartender Mavis try to persuade Trampas to leave town but he must get the money. Although Trampas returns to the Army post and tells the two cowhands to stay away from Triste, they go anyway to celebrate. It results in their use as bait by Knight by killing Morgan to goad Trampas into a gun fight. Burt returns to the Army post to tell Trampas. The two return to town for the burial and decide to spend the night. To protect them Trampas has both of them go without guns hoping it will ... Written by Anonymous

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19 June 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Virginian story has Doug McClure along with two other Shiloh ranch hands delivering some cattle to the army. But for the payoff McClure has to go t the town of Triste where the post does its banking.

Where an old gunfighter acquaintance of Trampas resides. Robert Lansing owns the saloon with girlfriend Sharon Farrell and hes on the prod nd loking for a fight with McCl,ure. Lansing will do anything to provoke one. He's one mean man..

Both he and Farrell know there is a method to his madness, in fact Farrell tries to seduce Trampas and he near gives in.

Lansing and Farrell are outstanding.. And this is one of McClure's best episodes.

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13 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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