The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Black Jade 

Trampas decides to track down where Cobey Jade obtained a silver watch that belonged to a friend. While with Jade who lives in an abandoned mining town, they are taken captive by a band of roving outlaws who believes Jade found gold there.


Joseph Pevney


Herb Meadow, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Clay Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas
Tim Matheson ... Jim Horn
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian
William Shatner ... Henry Swann
James A. Watson Jr. ... Cobey Jade
Jill Townsend ... Roseanna
Timothy Scott ... Frank Jugg
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... Charlie Becker
Wayne Storm Wayne Storm ... Herman Jugg
Ken Renard ... Chief Iron Hands
Harper Flaherty Harper Flaherty ... Harper


The Virginian during a cattle drive takes a silver watch in trade for a dead steer from a black man Cobey Jade after Jade accidentally caused a stampede. The musically talented Jade claims to own a nearby town. Trampas recognizing the watch as belonging to an old friend buys the watch and takes time off to track down Cobey to learn where he got the watch. Trampas finds Cobey living in an abandoned mining town he is trying to slowing rebuild. The beef he bought was for a tribe of nearby Arapaho Indian children who he is helping and teaching to sing. The pair find themselves prisoners of an outlaw group led by a wounded ex-Southner Henry Swann who takes his anger out on Cobey when they don't find the gold expected in the town. Cobey and Trampas are treated as slaves while the outlaws fight among themselves. Swann's girlfriend Roseanna is fed up with Swann while the other three men complain as well.

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Release Date:

31 December 1969 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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When Trampas finds Black Jade in the ghost town, he is playing a honky tonk piano, which gets shot up. But at the end, Black Jade has supposedly salvaged the sound-making machinery from the piano and is playing it in his wagon as he drives it away from the ghost town. However, the music is clearly coming from an organ, not a piano. See more »

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Flower power failure
26 September 2013 | by pfors-647-501497See all my reviews

Attempt at trendy, flower power statement trips over its good intentions due to a constantly shifting tone that throws the actors off-stride. But even a more balanced script than the one writer Herb Meadow came up with mightn't have worked. James A. Watson seems too level-headed for the poetic, Thoreau-style Utopian he's playing. On the other end of the scale, William Shatner, never one to hold anything back, sloppily devours his role as the bigoted crook. Episode's best scene -- a vividly staged stampede -- arrives early, and provides McClure with another of his many comedy highlights from season eight: Trampas gets caught in the middle of the rumble clad only in red drawers.

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