“Men of Defiance”*

Season:    1 episode 31

Series Episode: 31

Air Date: April 19, 1960

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

A Revue Studio production

* Backdoor pilot



When the hunters become the hunted, Jess and Marshal Stewart seek refuge with the men at Fort Defiance.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith29Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller26Credited
"Jonesy"Sherman ranch handHoagy Carmichael70Credited
Andy ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationRobert Crawford, Jr.15Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Frank BannisterOutlaw leaderJohn Anderson37Credited
Clint GentryFt. Defiance leaderDon Megowan37Credited
"Doc" Ft. Defiance doctorEdgar Buchanan57Credited
MaceOutlawEd Nelson31Credited
"Reb" O'Neil Ft. Defiance trail scoutBing Russell33Credited
"Smokey"Ft. Defiance cookNorman Leavitt46Credited
Trim StewartU. S. MarshalMort Mills41Credited
Toby Ft. Defiance memberDenny Miller26Credited
Ft. Defiance memberJohn Pickard47Credited
OutlawRayford Barnes39Credited
OutlawRichard Shannon39Credited
Manuel RicoOwner of the New Mexico HouseUncredited
Mrs. RicoManuel's wifeUncredited
EddieWilliam Hoehne, Jr.Uncredited
OutlawBoyd "Red" Morgan44Uncredited
TraderGuy Wilkerson60Uncredited
Murieil"Reb" O'Neil's love interest



DirectorLesley Selander
Created byJohn Champion
WriterJohn C. Champion
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Film EditorRay de Vally
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundVernon W. Kramer
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 DirectorCharles S. Gould
Set DecorationJames M. Walters, Sr.


Epilogue – based on the script “Men of Defiance” by John C. Champion


(JESS HARPER rides slowly into the Sherman ranch yard. ANDY SHERMAN is getting a bucket of water out of the horse trough. He drops the bucket and runs towards the ranch house.)


ANDY SHERMAN: Hey! Jonesy! Slim! Look whose comin’ in. It’s Jess.


JONESY: Yeah, he looks mighty tired, too. Maybe he’ll be happy to stick around home for a while.


ANDY SHERMAN: Hey, he’s got his arm in a sling.


JONESY: Why… he has at that.


SLIM SHERMAN: He’ll get more than his arm in a sling if he goes trailin’ off like that again.


JONESY: Work sure did stack up around here while he was gone. Couldn’t see over the top of it from one day to the next.


SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, he sure slickered out of ’em alright. You know I never have met a man that could beat him when it comes to dodgin’ work.


JONESY: You haven’t done so bad yourself. Remember, it was Andy and me that did most of the work around here.




JONESY: Or maybe you’ve forgotten about lying in bed with a sore foot practically all the time that Jess was gone.




SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, but you’re not goin’ to tell him are you, Jonesy? Otherwise, I’d have nothin’ to complain about at all.


(SLIM SHERMAN tips JONESY’s hat and walks towards JESS HARPER.)


JONESY: Hi, Jess.



Historic Reference

Fort Defiance


Geographical References

Denver, Colorado Territory, United States of America

El Paso, Texas, United States of America

Nome, Alaska Territory, United States of America

Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory, United States of America

Wyoming Territory, United States of America










Musical Reference

Oh Shenandoah


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