I love this photograph of Doug McClure as Trampas on his beloved horse Buck. Whenever I watched Doug in a contemporary movie he seemed out of place. He was best suited to the Western and the character of Trampas was a perfect fit.
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A History of Television’s The Virginian 1962-1971 (2006, 2009 Softcover edition)
Pete Duel : A Biography (2007, 2009 Large Print edition; Kindle edition)
Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns (2009)
Jennifer Jones : Life and Films (2011)
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8 thoughts on “Trampas and Buck”
He was definitely the cowboy type. I love the way he rode that horse.
Yes Doug’s horse riding skills were quite accomplished Mila.
Was Trampas actually from a ranch? He could draw a gun super fast rope and ride forward and backwards on buck. He seemed natural. Would like to see a pic of Roberta Shore and Sara Lane next to eachother.
As far as I know Roberta Shore and Sara Lane have never met. That will change next year at Memphis. Doug McClure the actor had worked on ranches and was a skilled horseman. His real-life skills were then transferred to the fictional Trampas.
As I commented elsewhere, Roberta and Sara did meet, but Roberta didn’t remember it. On the subject of Doug’s horsemanship, a recent poster to IMDb seemed to think he “picked up the mannerisms of a cowboy along the way”, but of course he was a rodeo rider before he was an actor and both he and James Drury were riding as young as 7 or 8 years old. HIs skills as an actor and horseman are finally being recognised with the Virginian on TV again and on DVD and he is longer judged by his later movies , many of which were not worthy of his talents, and by Troy McClure on The Simpsons!
Thanks for the info Nic. Yes the Troy McClure character was an unfair parody but Doug did find the humor in it by all accounts. Never pays to take yourself too seriously.
Wud luv to know why trampas rode with two different bridles
Hi Glenys: All the horses had doubles. Each horse would have had its own bridle.