” Day of the Savage”


Season:     3 episode 23
Series Episode:  87
Air Date: March 13, 1962
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



Jess and Slim get caught up in a Sioux uprising caused by the death of Chatez at the hands of a white man.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith31Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller28Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Glen ColtonMurdererJohn Lupton33Credited
Walt Clayborne Plains Cavalry captainLane Bradford39Credited
DarbyRancherTom Greenway50Credited
Patricia "Patty" Marr Glen Colton's fianceePat OlsonCredited
Skenya Sioux warriorX Brands34Credited
TorianoChatez's sonMichael Pate42Credited
TaylorPlains Cavalry lieutenantGary Vinson25Credited
TomaSioux warriorJay Silverheels50Credited
Plains Cavalry sergeantNick Nicholson41Credited
Stagecoach driverBoyd Stockman46Credited
Stagecoach shotgunUncredited
ChatezSioux chiefMentioned
Mrs. Nora DarbyMr. Darby's wifeMentioned
Mose ShellStagecoach driverMentioned



DirectorJoe Kane
TeleplayRod Peterson
StoryJohn Champion
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorAlex Mayer
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Editorial Color ConsultantAlex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorRay C. de Vally A. C. E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundLyle Cain
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 DirectorJack Doran
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on the teleplay “Day of the Savage” by Rod Peterson and story by John C. Champion



(JESS HARPER and SLIM SHERMAN ride into the Sherman ranch yard. They tie their horses up at the corral. MIKE WILLIAMS runs out of the ranch house kitchen door.)


JESS HARPER: Hey, Mike and Daisy musta beat us back.


MIKE WILLIAMS: (Jumps up into MIKE WILLIAMS’ arms.) Slim, where ya been? We’ve been worried about ya.


JESS HARPER: Well, what do ya think we’ve been? To a Sunday school picnic?


SLIM SHERMAN: Where’s Daisy?


MIKE WILLIAMS: In the house. We heard about what happened at the fort so we thought it was safe to come home.


SLIM SHERMAN: (Laughs and dumps MIKE WILLIAMS in JESS HARPER’s arms.) Help Jess unsaddle, Mike.




JESS HARPER: Give me a hand, Tiger.


(SLIM SHERMAN goes into the ranch house kitchen. DAISY COOPER is using a poker to adjust the fire in the stove. SLIM SHERMAN removes his hat and holds it in his hand when he sees DAISY COOPER.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Hi, Daisy. (Kisses her forehead.) How are ya?


DAISY COPPER: Just fine, Slim. Mike and I were so happy to hear that you helped put down the uprising.


SLIM SHERMAN: Ah, we were lucky. Yeah, yeah, it’s too bad that one man can cause all that trouble.


DAISY COOPER: It certainly is. You know something? Sometimes it takes an upheaval to make us realize that what we have is worth fighting for.


SLIM SHERMAN: (Throws hat to the side) Does that mean that you and Mike aren’t gonna move into town?


DAISY COOPER: Are you trying to get rid of us? (Laughs) Huh!


(SLIM SHERMAN hugs DAISY COOPER. From outside the kitchen door, they hear JESS HARPER.)


JESS HARPER: Hey, Slim. (Enters the kitchen with MIKE WILLIAMS on his back. MIKE WILLIAMS is holding JESS HARPER’s hat over JESS HARPER’s face.) Get this tiger, will ya’?


(JESS HARPER tosses MIKE WILLIAMS into SLIM SHERMAN’s arms and SLIM SHERMAN hangs MIKE WILLIAMS like a sack of potatoes from his left hand. JESS HARPER puts his hat back on his head.)


JESS HARPER:Hi Daisy, what’s for supper?


DAISY COOPER: Ah, after all that’s happened, all you can think of is eating.


JESS HARPER: Oh, I’m sorry. How are you, Daisy? N”what’s for supper?


(JESS HARPER hugs DAISY COOPER, who pats JESS HARPER’s back with the handle of a wooden spoon. SLIM SHERMAN puts MIKE WILLIAMS down.)



Historical Reference

Fort Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America


Geographic References

Boulder City, Colorado Territory, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America







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