The Virginian (1962–1971)
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You Can Lead a Horse to Water 

Trampas asked to deliver a friendly prisoner to Clearwater by stage finds himself with a stuffy southern belle. When the stage is held up, she forces Trampas and his prisoner to go after the robbers which becomes a lesson in life to her.


James Neilson


Lois Hire, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Tim Matheson ... Jim Horn (credit only)
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian (credit only)
Strother Martin ... Luther Watson
Elizabeth Hubbard Elizabeth Hubbard ... Mary Marshall
Noah Beery Jr. ... Will Baxter (as Noah Beery)
Anthony Eisley ... Tom Kendrick
Richard Devon ... Haskell
Dorothy Shay ... Widow Krebs
Ross Elliott ... Sheriff Mark Abbott
John Daheim John Daheim ... Grimes (as John Day)
Robert Foulk ... Bartender Fred
Sheila Leighton Sheila Leighton ... Dolly


While having a drink in a Medicine Bow saloon, Trampas meets horse trader Luther Watson who has interesting perspectives on life. He tells Trampas widow Krebs in Clearwater is trying to force him to marry her. Sheriff Abbott enters to ask Trampas accompany a prisoner to Clearwater for him as he appoints Trampas a temporary deputy. When Trampas asks about the prisoner, Abbott shackles Trampas to Luther wanted for stealing horses. The two of them are on the stage with Mary Marshall who is a very talkative and stuffy southern belle. After the stage is robbed, she forces Trampas and Luther at gunpoint to trail the thieves one of whom is the stagecoach driver. Meanwhile, in Clearwater widow Krebs frustrated with the local Sheriff is worried about the missing Luther. She tells Tom Kendrick about Mary, to whom he is engaged, being missing. During the search for the thieves, Mary matures and Luther's knowledge of horses plays a key role in recovering Mary's dowry. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

7 January 1970 (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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Yakety Yakking southern belle
10 April 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Doug McClure has the spotlight in this Virginian story. Acting as a special deputy Trampas gets shackled to garrulous Strother Martin all the way to Clearwater from Medicine Bow. But the two of them are way outclassed in the gab department but Elizabeth Hubbard of Alabama who doesn't even pause for breath as she yakety yaks the whole trip.

The yakking ceases when there's a holdup in which driver Noah Beery is in cahoots with the bandits. Left afoot this strange trio of McClure, Martin, and Hubbard set out after the bandits.

This is one of the funniest episodes in The Virginian's history. The show did not go in for humorous stories the way Bonanza did occasionally so this one is a treat.

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