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What is the attraction of the old-fashioned television westerns?

It may not have actually been a simpler time, but it was represented as a time when right and wrong were not as muddy.

Granted, the good guys didn’t always wear white hats, nor did the bad guys always dress in black. There were times when someone would move from path to path. But the paths themselves never merged.

Finally, by the end of the western – with the setting sun, right generally triumphed and there was hope, just over the horizon.

Head ‘Em Straight



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Check out the 124 episodes that galloped onto the small screen from September 15, 1959 to May 21, 1963, on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. EST. Set in the 1870s on the Sherman ranch and relay station, a shirttail outfit just outside of Laramie in the Wyoming Territory, this highly rated action western presented stories for the enjoyment of the young and old.

Meet Slim Sherman and Andy Sherman, owners of the Sherman ranch and relay station, the ambling Jonesy, the footloose tumbleweed Jess Harper, Mrs. Daisy Cooper who always saw the comin’ grass, “Tiger” Mike Williams, Mose Shell the Jehu, and star-toter Mort Cory.

Nearly 750 actors lent their talents to the success of Laramie. Can you fill in any of the blanks in the Episode listings?


Miss Daisy’s cooking was renowned. Represented here are temptations featured or mentioned on Laramie.  Any suggestions?







Robert Yaro –
August 1


Nehemiah Persoff
August 2


Elsa Cardenas –
August 3


Gary Beban
August 5


Joan Weldon
August 5


Louise Sorel
August 6


Marlyn Mason –
August 7


Brooke Bundy –
August 8


Betsy Hale –
August 10


Abby Dalton
August 15


Jack Lilley –
August 15


Lori Nelson –
August 15


Gary Clarke –
August 16


Darby Hinton. –
August 19


L. Q. Jones –
August 19


Jill St. John –
August  19


Nancy Hadley –
August 21


Peter Boone 
August 22


Jennifer Gillespie 
August 22


Marian Collier 
August 23


Vera Miles
August 24


Karen Arthur
August 24


Tom Skerritt
August 25


Tommy Sands
August 27



Anne Whitfiled –
August 27


Carole Wells
August 31


Charles Bail



  • Albert Einstein

    The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

    Albert Einstein
  • Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin,

    “Sometimes I think I should have been an actor,” mused Terry Mulligan.

    “Well, if you want to starve to death, that’s the easiest way to do it,” opined Hovey.

    Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin, ``Bare Knuckles``, (13), December 8, 1959, Laramie
  • Gene Roddenberry

    A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on & licks it, or he turns his back on it & starts to wither away.

    Gene Roddenberry
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