“Handful of Fire”
Season: 3 episode 10
Series Episode: 74
Air Date: December 5, 1961
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
Revue Studios production
A 25-year-old grudge motivates genocide, triggering a Sioux uprising… with Slim Sherman right in the middle.
Cast & Crew Lists
|"Slim" Sherman||Owner - Sherman ranch and relay station||John Smith||30||Credited|
|Jess Harper||Sherman ranch hand||Robert Fuller||28||Credited|
|Daisy Cooper||Sherman housekeeper||Mentioned|
|Mike Williams||Orphan||Dennis Holmes||11||Credited|
|John Barrington||Plains Cavalry colonel||George Mcready||62||Credited|
|Madge Barrington (alias Margaret Kent)||John Barrington's daughter||Karen Sharpe||27||Credited|
|Bailey||Plains Cavalry sergeant||John Pickard||48||Credited|
|Paul Harmon||Plains Cavalry lieutenant||Myron Healey||38||Credited|
|Reece||Plains Cavalry corporal||George Orrison||32||Credited|
|Wells||Plains Cavalry mess sergeant||Herb Vigran||51||Credited|
|President of the Military Court||Maurice Manson||48||Credited|
|Bell||Plains Cavalry sergeant||Uncredited|
|Tom Harris||Plains Cavalry corporal||Ross Elliott||44||Uncredited|
|George||Laramie hotel clerk||Doodles Weaver||49||Uncredited|
|Court martial prosecutor||Robert Stevenson||46||Uncredited|
|Review board member (2)||Uncredited|
|Mort Cory||Laramie sheriff||Mentioned|
|Mrs. Harris||Woman having a baby||Mentioned|
|M. V. White||U.S. senator||Mentioned|
|Laramie Theme||Cyril J. Mockridge|
|Music Score||Cyril Mockridge|
|Director of Photography||Ray Rennahan, A. S. C.|
|Associate Producer||Dan Ullman|
|Art Director||Lloyd S. Papez|
|Editorial Dept. Head/Supervisor||David J. O'Connell|
|Editorial Color Consultant||Alex Quiroga|
|Color Processing by||Consolidated Film Industries|
|Film Editor||Ray C. de Vally|
|Musical Supervision||Stanley Wilson|
|Sound||Earl Crain, Jr.|
|Makeup Artist||Robert Dawn|
|Hair Stylist||Florence Bush|
|Costume & Wardrobe||Vincent Dee|
|Series Stuntmen||Paul Baxley, Joe Canutt. Bill Catching, Chuck Courtney, John Daheim, Leonard P. Geer, Sol Gorss, Charles Horvath, Robert F. Hoy, Loren Janes, Hal Needham, George Orrison, Allen Pinson, Chuck Roberson, Ronnie Rondell Jr., Dean Smith, Tom Steele, Boyd Stockman, Jerry Summers, Jesse Wayne, Jack Williams|
|Assistant Director||Jack Doran|
|Set Decoration||John McCarthy & Perry Murdock|
Epilogue – based on the teleplay “Handful of Fire” by Raphael Hayes & story by Rod Peterson
(SLIM SHERMAN rides up to the Laramie Hotel, ties up his horse and enters the hotel. MIKE WILLIAMS is in the lobby. GEORGE and MIKE WILLIAMS are playing trooper and Sioux warrior.)
MIKE WILLIAMS: Slim!
SLIM WILLIAMS: (Swings MIKE WILLIAMS up onto the hotel front desk.) Oh hello, trooper. Don’t you know the war’s over?
MIKE WILLIAMS: We heard you stopped it.
SLIM SHERMAN: This may come as a shock, but I had a lot of help.
GEORGE: Well, the Indians are talking peace again though aren’t they, Slim? That’s the main thing.
SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, they sure are. Talks started this morning.
GEORGE: What do they plannin’ to do with those men that went with Barrington?
SLIM SHERMAN: Looks like the army is gonna to discharge them, for the good of the service. Yeah, their big mistake was obeying orders, from the wrong man.
MIKE WILLIAMS: When are we goin’ home, Slim? I’m getting tired of stayin’ in this hotel.
SLIM SHERMAN: Ya’ know I’m thinkin’ the hotel probably feels pretty close to the same way about you.
GEORGE: Like bunking with a cougar in a chicken coop. (Laughs) Mrs. Cooper’s takin’ a nap right now. She’s plumb wore out from this little wild “Injun.”
MIKE WILLIAMS: You’re the “Injun!” I’m the trooper!
SLIM SHERMAN: Whoa-o-o. The fightin’s over. Let’s settle down to some nice peace and quiet, huh? Let’s get Daisy and go home.
Sources: Laramie episodes (written, spoken and credits), Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and individual observation
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