The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Trampas and Randy are sent to pickup horses from a rich man illegally evicting people from their property who don't believe in fighting back. Trampas stays as he takes an interest in the leader's daughter who doesn't agree with her father.


Leon Benson


Halsted Welles, Owen Wister (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker (credit only)
Randy Boone ... Randy Benton
Diane Roter Diane Roter ... Jennifer Sommers (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Telly Savalas ... 'Colonel' Bliss
Robert F. Simon ... Eric Larsen
Brenda Scott ... Gina Larsen
Buck Taylor ... Lem Bliss
Douglas Kennedy ... Sheriff
Coleen Gray ... Pearl
Peter Coe ... Adrian
William Phipps ... Hans
Andy Albin Andy Albin ... Ernie


Trampas and Randy are sent to retrieve Arabian horses from Colonel Bliss at New Hope. On the way there they find a woman sitting on a wagon in the road. Trampas follows drag marks to find the woman's friend Gina Larsen filling the grave of the woman's husband. They are in the middle of a feud between the eccentric Bliss and his son Lem versus the pacifist settlers in the town of New Hope. Bliss sold them the property giving them five years to pay for it. Bliss wants the land back after the settlers have increased its worth via hard work and irrigation after only four years. They bought it for $4 per acre but it is worth $100 per acre now. His goal is to leave something for his son Lem who has eyes for Gina the daughter of the settler's leader Eric Larsen. Trampas falls for Gina and involves himself in the feud by urging the people to fight back although he is told to leave town. In the end the leader of each side pays a heavy cost. Written by Anonymous

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12 January 1966 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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21 February 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Virginian story has Trampas and Randy going on a horse buying trip to see another Ponderosa type owner Telly Savalas and they walk into a situation where Savalas and his bought and paid for sheriff and judge are evicting tenants off of land they worked and developed out of the desert for Savalas. Now that it is worth something he can get tons of money for it.

Savalas as we learn was a barber when he came west and started his little empire. But he's got zero empathy for these people. Besides their leader Robert F. Simon won't resort to violence, he's waiting for the courts to decide.

Randy Boone wants to just get the horses and leave, but Doug McClure gets his back up. Besides he's fallen for Brenda Scott who is Simon's daughter.

A rather bloody climax leaves the survivors wondering did all have to come to this.

Also in important roles are Douglas Kennedy as Savalas's sheriff and Buck Taylor as his punk son whom Savalas tries to educate to some of the finer things in life he missed.

One of Doug McClure's best episodes from the series.

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