The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Trampas receives an unfriendly reception when the tries to visit an old friend. Once he finally sees Jason, he learns not all is as it seems. They clash over the building of a dam in Nebraska after Trampas learns about an earlier dam.


Richard A. Colla


Jerry McNeely (story), Jerry McNeely (teleplay) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas
David Hartman ... David Sutton (credit only)
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Susan Oliver ... Anne Crowder
Burr DeBenning ... Jason Crowder
Scott Brady ... Hudson
Robert F. Simon ... Sam Burmeister
Roy Jenson ... Lueders
Ted Gehring ... Edgar Wood
Charles H. Radilak Charles H. Radilak ... Doctor
Mitch Vogel ... Boy


Trampas drops in to visit a childhood friend,Jason Crowder, at River Oaks, Nebraska. Jason's foreman drives Trampas away but in River Oaks Trampas runs into Jason and the foreman. Jason is elated to see his old friend and even more so when Trampas mortally wounds a man trying to shot Jason. Trampas finds that Jason is a successful businessman and engineer who is now married to the beautiful Anne. Jason is working on a project to dam part of the valley to control flooding and open new lands. After their experience in River Oaks, Jason asks Trampas to go to work for him. Jason asks his beautiful wife Anne to give Trampas a tour of their ranch followed by an offer of a job as his foreman saying Hudson wants to move on but Trampas senses things are not as they seem after talking to Anne and Hudson. After talking to the man he shot, he learns Jason lied to him. Jason is a con man. He confronts Jason who has a novel way to stop Trampas. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

13 November 1968 (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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Master manipulator
3 November 2013 | by pfors-647-501497See all my reviews

McClure's carefree entrance is iconic: Trampas slowly rides uphill with a leg lazily crossed over his saddle horn and idly whistling a tune. Trouble awaits though the closer he gets to childhood chum Jason Crowder. The manipulative bunco artist Crowder (played diabolically well by Burr DeBenning) is so egotistical that his real joy derives more from the power and control he can exert through his con scheme than the money he can swindle. Talkative drama doesn't have a great deal going for it apart from the performances of McClure, DeBenning and Susan Oliver as Crowder's loyal, miserable wife, but it's enough. Husky Scott Brady, former star of "Shotgun Slade," a bottom-feeder from the heyday of western series, plays Crowder's ramrod.

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