The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Trampas leaves on vacation but his plans go astray when he is picked up by a bounty hunter for murdering a popular doctor. He has to contend with a hostile town, planted evidence, and a saloon girl who swears she saw him commit the murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Clay Grainger (credit only)
... Trampas
... Jim Horn
... Elizabeth Grainger (credit only)
... The Virginian (credit only)
Dennis Cooney ... Josh Gates
... Abby Clayton
... Gus Potter
... Sheriff Stoddard
... Jake (as Donald Barry)
... Ezra Gates
... Boak
Harry Cooper ... Lucius Heller
... Matt
... Luke (as Neil Russell)


Trampas has built up a couple weeks of vacation which he is ready to take. He leaves for a town to renew a good time with a saloon girl named Mary Lou. However, he finds she is now married to the bar owner who knocks out Trampas. A bounty hunter in the bar decides Trampas is his target taking the unconscious Trampas back to the small town of Calumet. He turns Trampas and a gold watch he says he found on Trampas over to the Sheriff. He collects the reward and a little extra from Ezra Gates, a wealthy rancher who controls Calumet. Saloon girl Abby Clayton swears to the Sheriff she saw Trampas kill the local doctor. The town is upset over the murder of their beloved doctor who was killed for the gold watch the city gave him. Trampas declares he is innocent asking that the Sheriff send a telegram to Shiloh to prove he couldn't have killed the doctor. When the bar owner won't send food to the jail, the Sheriff takes Trampas there to eat and where he confronts Abby. Abby is the girlfriend ... Written by Anonymous

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5 November 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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No-names hit the mark
12 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Very modest production guest-starring non-household names Dennis Cooney and Beverlee McKinsey emerges as spicy little drama, with a prickly, it-could-happen-to-you plot line that gains tension precipitously under Anton Leader's direction. Unknowns McKinsey and Cooney fill their deftly written parts admirably: She's sympathetic as a loose woman desperately snatching at a chance for security, and his greedy, mendacious character is cordially hateful. McClure, squirming under the tight frame he's caught in, supplies all the star wattage the episode needs, and veteran dyspeptic heavy Ken Lynch grunts on the good guys' side for a change as a weary but conscientious lawman.

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