The Virginian (1962–1971)
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After his uncle is killed in Texas, Trampas chases the killer into Apache country off limits to whites where he found gold. Trampas is forced to take along multiple companions including the man's wife, a gold seeker, and a drunk doctor.


William Witney


John D.F. Black (teleplay), James Patrick (story) | 1 more credit »


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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 (credit only)
Peggy McCay ... Helen Hammond Judson
William Bryant ... Paul Judson
DeForest Kelley ... Lt. Beldon
Michael Pate ... Mike McGoff
Leonard Nimoy ... Wismer
Robert Brubaker ... Major Herbert
Ann Prentiss Ann Prentiss ... Alice (as Ann Gardner)
Jim Goodwin Jim Goodwin ... Corp. Perkins
Barry Cahill Barry Cahill ... Mr. Pierce
Harry Shannon ... Uncle Josh
Stewart Bradley Stewart Bradley ... Sheriff


Trampas returns to El Paso, Texas to sell his dad's ranch. His uncle is killed when he tries to deposit the proceeds at the express office. Trampas searches for the two men who committed the murder but with no luck until Wismer returns to the army post sick. A local businessman/rancher Mike McGoff learns Wismer and his partner Judson have found gold in Apache territory. While stealing a map to it McGoff kills Wismer as Dr. Beldon sleeps drunk on duty. Trampas takes the map from McGoff and both decide to go together after Judson. They are joined by Judson's wife who is looking for him and later by Dr. Beldon who thinks he allowed Wismer to die. They find Judson but must fend off attacks by the Apaches on the way out with deadly results for most of the party.

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Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.33 : 1
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This episode is of obvious and particular interest to "Star Trek" fans, as both Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley (as a doctor!) have roles. Additionally, the episode was written by John D.F. Black, who later worked on "Trek" as a writer and producer. See more »

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Fill in the gaps
4 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Doug McClure still on some kind of extended holiday from Shiloh ranch runs into his uncle Harry Shannon who's pretty much lived the alcoholic life. When McClure gives him some money to deposit at the express office he arrives just in time to interrupt a holdup and gets robbed and killed for his trouble. Now you know McClure is not going back to Shiloh until that's settled.

This Virginian story is famous for having both Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley in the cast. Nimoy before he played Mr. Spock played all kinds of villainous types of the punk variety and there's no exception here. Kelley is a cavalry doctor, but hardly any model for Dr. Leonard McCoy because he's mostly drunk for the first half of the show. Nimoy is killed and Kelley spends time with McClure and a few others in Indian country looking for a secret mine that is by treaty the Apaches since it is on their land. McClure's quarry is there one of the seekers of fortune.

There are some real gaps in the story because too much footage was shot on this episode and it had to be cut and rather clumsily. Watching this you will have to fill in the gaps yourself.

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