The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Trampas becomes involved with 3 good old fun loving guys. The four of them meet up with a gang of real bad guys. When Trampas and friends volunteer to go after the bad guys they get an awakening from the townsfolk.


Douglas Heyes


Irwin Blacker (story), Douglas Heyes | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Gary Clarke ... Steve Hill (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian
Steve Cochran ... Jamie Dobbs
Claude Akins ... Lump
Allen Case ... Sheriff Blade
James Brown ... Lucky
Russell Thorson ... Sheriff Stan Evans
Richard Reeves ... Munsy
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... Klotz
William D. Gordon ... Blench (as William Gordon)
James Anderson ... Otie
Hal Hopper Hal Hopper ... Joe
Leo Gordon ... Jack Scratch


An older Shiloh ranch hand, Jamie Dobbs, enjoyed the easy times of the early west and involves Trampas in his attempts to revive that era resulting in bar brawls and jail for them. His old friends Lump and Lucky arrive in Medicine Bow wanting Jamie to go with them to hunt wild cattle in Arizona to fund their plans to travel further west and live in the style of the old west without a care. Trampas decides to join them but the group is held up by Jack Scratch and his gang in the southwest. When the local law and bank tell the group they can't help the men or provide them with supplies to capture the outlaw gang, Jamie and Lump take matters into their own hands and steal the supplies from the town. Although they successfully capture the gang and kill Jack Scratch, the local sheriff and townspeople try to arrest the men even after Trampas tries to explain the men had good intentions. Jamie, Lump, and Lucky, however, do not understand and cannot adapt to the modern concepts resulting in ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

28 November 1962 (USA) See more »

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West See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The jail that Claude Akins was in by himself was the same jail used in Riff-Raff for Gary Clarke and Doug McClure. See more »


In the prior episode "It Tolls for Thee", which aired only one week earlier, the year as shown when the Virginian writes a receipt is 1884. In this episode, the Virginian narrates at the opening that the year is 1897. This a gap of 13 years but none of the characters have aged and Judge Garth still owns Shiloh. See more »

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Familiar theme of the 'West' changing too fast done in style
26 April 2019 | by Boycemaxblues70See all my reviews

This was a joy to watch. A well written script, full of good humour, bounded with a nagging realism that both highlights and dampens the optimism of its main characters. At the centre of all this is a beautifully measured performance from Steve Cochran as the main cowpuncher, Dobbs, hoping that the good old days and ways are still around the corner, as long as he is heading west. Dobbs' dream is encouraged by a couple of buddies with a similar outlook, roping in Trampas for the ride. On the journey they encounter an old outlaw gang led by Jack Scratch, a superbly menacing cameo by Leo Gordon. (I really hope he had some hand in the writing of his part.) While refusing to acknowledge it the outlaws way of life is also being controlled and destroyed by changing times. Dobbs and co then go into a town they formerly knew as espousing wild west 'eye for an eye' values. They are both bemused and disappointed with what they find.

This story could have been an inspiration for 'The Wild Bunch', though much less violent of course. For a tv western series that held the usual tight deadlines to develop plot and characters, this episode was a standout. Believeable people both good and bad, I empathised with most and ended up frustrated with a conclusion aided by the mark of progress. Please see this, it should have you smiling, frowning, and reflecting.

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