The Virginian (1962–1971)
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A Bad Place to Die 

Trampas is sentenced to hang for a murder he didn't commit. The Virginian and Stacey try to find new evidence while Clay Grainger and the attorney try for a new trial. Meanwhile, a desperate Trampas escapes prison with his cell mate.


Don McDougall




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bickford ... John Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker
Don Quine ... Stacey Grainger
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger
Victor Jory ... Luke Nichols
Susanne Benton ... Lila Standish
Myron Healey ... Potts
Henry Beckman ... Corey
John Milford ... John Kiley
Parley Baer ... Pat Magill
Ken Lynch ... Walt Standish
Harrison Ford ... Young Rancher


Trampas is convicted of murder and sentenced to hang in Rock Falls County when he is found over the dead body of a man he had been seen arguing with about right of way for Shiloh cattle. The Graingers and The Virginian have six days to prove him innocent before his date with the hangman. While trying to obtain a right of way from other ranchers, Stacey learns a few key facts about the dead man, his wife, and the father who owned the ranch. At the same time The Virginian goes undercover to work at the ranch to see if he can find new evidence. He soon learns the foreman has an interest in the beautiful widow. Clay Grainger and the attorney are turned down for an appeal so they turn to the Governor who has a busy schedule. A dearth of witnesses and potential motives related to the wife of the slain man become more complicated when Trampas escapes prison with three prisoners and they take a guard hostage who is shot by another prisoner. Trampas plans to go to Canada with his cell mate who... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

8 November 1967 (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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Did You Know?


Throughout the series, the real name of the main character is never revealed. Great pains were taken in the writing to avoid anyone (including the character) calling him by name. This includes him introducing himself as "the foreman at Shiloh" or having others call him things like "ramrod" or other job titles. This episode is rare in that when he takes a job, he uses an actual name- Ed Morgan. It is believed this was not his real name, which also was never mentioned in the book. See more »

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A bad episode to watch
14 May 2013 | by pfors-647-501497See all my reviews

Suspense potential of this Trampas-in-the-Big House episode is frittered away in over-plotted story that trips over its dangling threads. Beehive of activity, closer in tone to puppet theater than authentic drama, keeps the cast moving, but none leave an imprint except for Victor Jory, who gives a wily performance as a stir-crazy old convict. This flat soufflé was the product of a rough patch the series went through after the passing of Charles Bickford, who played Shiloh patriarch John Grainger. Trusty trouper John McIntire was swiftly pulled in as a replacement, just as on "Wagon Train" when Ward Bond died. But it would take time for "The Virginian" to regain its stride.

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