The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Incident at Diablo Crossing 

Tramps takes a stage on a trip. During the trip they hear Arapaho may be loose plus two soldiers with a payroll join it. They find the ferryman dead and a man by the body at a water stop. At the ferry crossing there is more trouble.


William Witney


Andrew Blanc (story), Andrew Blanc (teleplay) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas
David Hartman ... David Sutton (credit only)
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Gary Collins ... Jason Adams
Kiel Martin ... Trooper Rankin
Lee Kroeger Lee Kroeger ... Marcy McLister
Steve Carlson ... Bud McLister
Bernie Hamilton ... Corporal Harvey
Anthony Caruso ... Sam Mason


Trampas is sent by stagecoach on a cattle buying trip. At a way station two soldiers and a payroll join the stage and they are told there may be Arapaho Indian trouble ahead. When the coach stops for rest and water, Trampas finds Jason Adams standing in the river over the dead body of the ferryman Hank Simpson from Diablo Crossing where the stage is headed. Adams says he found the body after having to shoot his horse and hoping to catch the stage. However, Trampas is very suspicious of Adams as he knew the ferryman. At Diablo Crossing which is a ghost town falling down from neglect they find the ferry destroyed and Bud and Marcy McLister who are brother and sister. Bud having heard about the Arapaho takes a shot at them until he learns who they are. They are forced to stay in Diablo Crossing until they can repair the ferry to get away from possible Indian attack. While repairing the ferry, Trooper Rankin takes a shine to Marcy, they are shot at, and the horses disappear followed by ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

12 March 1969 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not a chance
10 September 2013 | by pfors-647-501497See all my reviews

Former Republic serial director William Witney was accustomed to keeping lame plots on the move, but he didn't stand a chance with this episode's lousy script, which denies most of the cast anything interesting to say or do. Even resourceful troupers Bernie Hamilton and Anthony Caruso find nothing playable in their characters, which leaves little hope for lesser talents Gary Collins and Steve Carlson. Apart from the unsinkable McClure, the only actor to keep a nose above water is Lee Kroeger as river trollop Marcy McLister. Peering mischievously from under a plume of fool's gold hair, Kroeger adds naughty sex appeal to an episode that offers little else to entertain.

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