“.45 Caliber”


Season:     2 episode 8

Series Episode:  39

Air Date: November 15, 1960

 Laramie TV series starring John Smith and Robert Fuller

A Revue Studios production




Capture of the notorious Torrey gang is hampered by the new marshal’s inexperience with the West and himself.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith29Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller27Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Mrs. ByrdChet Byrd's wifeKatherineWarren55Credited
Vern ClarkLaramie U. S. Deputy MarshalGeorge Nader39Credited
SloaneLaramie townsman
John Pickard47Credited
Wes TorreyOutlaw leaderLee Van Cleef35Credited
Charley WilkesLaramie town drunk/Posse nenber
Charlie Briggs27Credited
BarflyWill Wright25Credited
Cole BlantonU. S. MarshalDon C. Harvey48Uncredited
Louisa ClarkCole Clark's wifeAnna-Lisa25Uncredited
Foley Posse memberUncredited
Al TorreyOutlaw/Wes Torrey's wifeUncredited
Ben Sherman relay station handWilliam Fawcett66Uncredited
FrankyStagecoach driverUncredited
Sam Posse memberUncredited
Stagecoach driver Uncredited
Laramie townsmanChris Alcaide37Uncredited
Laramie barflyJohn L. Cason42Uncredited
Laramie bartenderRoy Engel47Uncredited
Laramie townsmanHarry Harvey59Uncredited
Laramie barflyJohn Mitchum41Uncredited
Laramie barflyUncredited
Chet Byrd Laramie rancherMentioned
Left-handed banjo player in DenverMentioned



DirectorLesley Selander
Writer Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreDavid Buttolph
Director of PhotographyJack MacKenzie, A. S.C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundEarl Crain, Jr.
Makeup ArtistJack Barron
Hair StylistFlorence Bush
Costume & WardrobeVincent Dee
Series StuntmenPaul Baxley, Joe Canutt. Bill Catching, Chuck Courtney, John Daheim, Leonard P. Geer, Sol Gorss, Hemet, Charles Horvath, Robert F. Hoy, Loren Janes, Allen Pinson, Chuck Roberson, Ronnie Rondell Jr., Dean Smith, Tom Steele, Jerry Summers, Jack Williams
Note: Robert Fuller often performed his own stunts in the series.
Assistant DirectorBen Bishop
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on the script “.45 Caliber” by Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin


(Stagecoach drives up into the Sherman ranch yard. JESS HARPER is barbecuing two chickens on a spit over the forge. SLIM SHERMAN jumps down from the coach.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Wanna water the horses, Frankie?


FRANKIE: Ah, we’ll make it in alright.




(The STAGECOACH SHOTGUN hands down SLIM SHERMAN’s valise.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Thanks a million.




FRANKIE -Hurry up, Ben!


(Stagecoach drives off. SLIM SHERMAN crosses the ranch yard to Jess.)


JESS HARPER: Hello, Slim.




JESS HARPER: Welcome home.




JESS HARPER: How was Denver?


SLIM SHERMAN: It was alright. What’s wrong with the kitchen?


JESS HARPER: Nothing. I just got tired of eatin’ inside. Thought I’d try my hand at barbecuin’. It looks just about done.


SLIM SHERMAN: It looks good. (Tears off a leg and thigh from one of the chickens.)


JESS HARPER: (Pulls off a leg and thigh from the other side of the chicken.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Anything happen while I was away?


JESS HARPER: No, nothing much. Kept mindin’ the store like I promised ya.


SLIM SHERMAN: Ya sure nothing happened?


JESS HARPER: Well, our new marshall did get himself caught between a rock and a hard place. That worked out OK.


SLIM SHERMAN: I stopped off at the Silver Dollar in Denver. D’ya know the place?


JESS HARPER: Yeah, they’ve got a left-handed banjo player.


SLIM SHERMAN: That’s right. And he was singing a new ballad. Know what it was about?


JESS HARPER: Nope, what?


SLIM SHERMAN: It was all about brave Marshal Clark and brave Jess Harper and how they wiped out the whole Torrey gang. Now what d’ya gotta say about that?


JESS HARPER: Just one thing.




JESS HARPER: You can’t believe a left-handed banjo player.


SLIM: (Smiles)




Historical Reference

Silver Dollar Saloon


Geographic References

Denver, Colorado Territory,j United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America




Rotisserie chicken


Sources: Laramie episodes (written, spoken and credits), Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and individual observation
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