“Dark Verdict”

Season:    1 episode 11

Series Episode: 11

Air Date: November 24, 1959

Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Hoagy Carmichael, Robert Crawford, Jr. and Robert Fuller

A Revue Studios production



Can justice be done when men take the law into their own hands?


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith28Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller26Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Josiah CarterPosse memberGrant Richards47Credited
Vern CowanOutlawDean (Henry Dean) Stanton33Credited
James "Jim" Hedrick Posse "Special Deputy"/Judge Hendrck's sonWarren Stevens40Credited
Mathew J. "Hangman" HedrickEx-territorial judgeThomas Mitchell67Credited
John "Mac" MacLean Jess' friendL. Q. Jones32Credited
Carl RustlerLeake Bevil40Credited
"Pop" ProspectorPaul E. Burns78Credited
Trial judgeThomas B.(Browne) Henry52Credited
Trial prosecutorWalter Coy57Credited
Abraham EdwardsPosse memberUncredited
ElmerStagecoach driverBud OsbourneUncredited
Samuel "Sam" BartlettPosse memberUncredited
Thomas WillardPosse memberUncredited
Court clerkHerbert Lytton61Uncredited
Court spectatorSid Troy45Uncredited
Court spectatorForest Burns44Uncredited
Ben KileyLaramie sheriffMentioned
"Doc" WebbLaramie doctorMentioned



DirectorHerschel Daugherty
Writer Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyLionel Lindon, A.S.C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorRichard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundJohn C. Grubb
Makeup ArtistJack Barron
Hair StylistFlorence Bush
Costume & WardrobeVincent Dee
Series Stuntmen (uncredited)
Paul 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 DirectorJames H. Brown
Set DecorationCarl J. Lawrence


Epilogue – based upon the script “Dark Verdict” by Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin


(JESS HARPER is riding down the road. SLIM SHERMAN comes galloping up behind him.)


SLIM SHERMAN: You’re heading in the wrong direction, aren’t ya? Home is back that way.


JESS HARPER: I’m moving on, Slim. Everything I touch turns to trouble.


SLIM SHERMAN: The sheriff didn’t seem to think so. Otherwise he wouldn’ta cleared ya.


JESS HARPER: Wasn’t much else he could do.


SLIM SHERMAN: What happened here Jess, could have happened anywhere. Don’t blame yourself.


JESS HARPER: You mean you want me to stay after what I did to you.


SLIM SHERMAN: I’ve been decked before. Worse things can happen.


JESS HARPER: Yeah, I guess they can. I thought you’d be mad at me.


SLIM SHERMAN: Never mind what ya thought. I got a lot of work to do. So do you.


(SLIM SHERMAN turns his horse and gallops back towards home. JESS HARPER hesitates a moment and then follows.)



Geographic Reference

Texas Panhandle, United States of America


Musical Reference

The Unfortunate Rake



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