The Virginian (1962–1971)
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The Hell Wind 

Trampas, Stacey and Elizabeth are caught in a sandstorm while returning to Shiloh with a bull. They take refuge in an abandoned homestead where several guests arrive after them with one thing in common - connections to a robbed bank.


Don McDougall




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Don Quine ... Stacey Grainger
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Pat Crowley ... Pearl 'Angela' Van Owen (as Patricia Crowley)
Ford Rainey ... Marcus Van Owen
Woodrow Parfrey ... Hobie Simpson
Hal Smith ... Concessionaire
Kiel Martin ... Cal Dorsey


Trampas, Stacey, and Elizabeth are transporting a bull back to Shiloh on the Fourth of July from Silver Springs when they encounter a massive sand storm. They find a deserted homestead to take shelter in while waiting out the storm which luckily happens to have some supplies stored in it. While there others start showing up beginning with Marcus and Angela Van Owen who are on vacation but apparently got lost. Trampas recognizes the wife as as a crooked dealer he knew as Pearl from years back and her husband is the president of the local bank. Marcus dislocates his shoulder which Trampas is able to set. When the nervous bull knocks a hole in the wall, Trampas and Stacey discover gold coins hidden there. They wonder if meeting the Van Owens is an accident. They become more confused when the bank bookkeeper Hobie Simpson arrives looking for Marcus to tell him the bank was robbed of $10,000 which they find is the amount hidden in the wall. They now have two suspects with more to come. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

14 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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As the wind blows
11 May 2013 | by pfors-647-501497See all my reviews

Dust Bowl survivors probably winced at episode's best sequence, a howling wind storm so vividly real that it appeared the Universal back lot was about to be swept into the Pacific Ocean. The rest is a modest, somewhat stagy potboiler that depends on plot twists and serviceable performances to keep bubbling. McClure lifts more than his share of the acting load, as usual, but pert Pat Crowley, Lincolnesque character actor Ford Rainey and the young Kiel Martin help out. Martin gets to display some of the roguish swagger that worked well for him in the feature "Trick Baby" and in "Hill Street Blues." Don Quine's less-than-impactful recurring role as Stacey Grainger was nearing its finish; he hadn't made viewers forget Randy Boone, let alone Gary Clarke.

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