“Fall Into Darkness”


Season:     3 episode 28
Series Episode:  92
Air Date: April 17, 1962
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



It’s Slim who is looking up from the bottom of a deep hole when a man falls in with bad company.


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
Ben FrancesOutlawHarry Lauter47Credited
Jack FrancesBen Frances' brother/OutlawRayford Barnes41Credited
Kathy "Kitten" Frances Ben Frances' stepdaughterGina Gillespie7Credited
Norma FrancesBen Frances' wifeJean Byron36Credited
Bob LairdOutlawRobert Wilke47Credited
Stagecoach driverJoe Yrigoyen51Credited
Stagecoach shotgunUncredited



DirectorJoe Kane
WriterRod Peterson
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDaniel Ullman
Art DirectorAlexander A. 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
SoundEarl Crain, Jr.
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, 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 “Fall Into Darkness” by Rod Peterson


(The stagecoach pulls into the Sherman ranch yard. KATHY FRANCES, MIKE WILLIAMS, DAISY COOPER, NORMA FRANCES and SLIM SHERMAN walk out of the ranch house front door to the stagecoach. MIKE WILLIAMS hands the suitcases up to the driver. NORMA FRANCES looks fondly at SLIM SHERMAN and DAISY COOPER. SLIM SHERMAN helps NORMA FRANCES into the stage and shuts the door.)


NORMA FRANCES: I don’t know how I’ll ever be able to thank you for puttin’ us up until I was able to travel.


DAISY COOPER: I do. You can write to us and let us know how you and Kathy are getting on in the East.


SLIM SHERMAN: Ben’ll be out before you know it.


NORMA FRANCES: Again, thanks to you. It was your speaking for him that got him a light sentence.


SLIM SHERMAN: I think there’s a lot of worth in Ben. (Looks at DAISY COOPER) We all do.


DAISY COOPER: Kathy, you take good care of your mother.




SLIM SHERMAN: And you come back and see us, y’ hear?


KATHY FRANCES: Yes, sir. Thank you. (Kisses SLIM SHERMAN on the cheek.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Thank you.


MIKE WILLIAMS: Goodbye, Kathy (Offers his hand)


KATHY FRANCES: (Ignores the gesture, puts her arms around MIKE WILLIAMS and gives him a kiss on the cheek. MIKE WILLIAMS covers his cheek with his hand. The adults grin.)


SLIM SHERMAN: (Lifts KATHY FRANCES into the stage.) Well, up we go. (Waves at the STAGECOACH DRIVER) Let ‘er roll.


(DAISY COOPER and SLIM SHERMAN wave goodbye. MIKE WILLIAMS just stands there, holding his cheek.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Say, Daisy do you think soap’s goin’ to take that off? (Pointing at MIKE WILLIAM’s cheek)


DAISY COOPER: I don’t know, Slim. I’ve heard of kisses that just stayed on forever.


MIKE WILLIAMS: (Runs to the horse trough and begins dousing his face with water)


(SLIM SHERMAN laughs, places his arm around DAISY COOPER’s shoulder and they walk into the ranch house.)


Geographic Reference

Witaki Swamp



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