“Midnight Rebellion”

Season:     1 episode 29

Series Episode:  29

Air Date: April 5, 1960

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

A Revue Studios production



Rebellion is brewing just over the border and Jess pours himself a cup of the adventure.


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
Governor Loren CorteenLeader of the rebellionMichael Pate40Credited
Owen CantrellRebel majorBruce Gordon44Credited
Jeanette DurandMember of the resistanceMarian Collier28Credited
Paul DurandStorekeeper & Leader of the Watertown ResistanceFrank Ferguson53Credited
Vern "Jamie" Jamison Rebel captainEdward Kemmer38Credited
Kincaid Rebel recruit/Ex-Quantril raiderHal Baylor41Credited
ClarenceRebel recruitCredited
U. S. MarshalRoy Barcroft57Credited
BurkeRebel recruitChuck Roberson41Uncredited
Bartlett Rebel recruit/Ex- Plummer gang memberUncredited
CollierRebel recruitUncredited
Mathew McClintock U. S. government agentUncredited
Jonathan "John" Watertown resistance memberUncredited
Rebel guard at houseBill HartUncredited
Rebel guard at dockBoyd "Red" Morgan44Uncredited
Laramie townsmanFred Coby44Uncredited
Laramie newspapermanNorman Leavitt46Uncredited
Laramie deputyUncredited
Members of the resistance (3)Uncredited
Plains Cavalry officerUncredited
Rebel guard at houseUncredited
Rebel guard in townUncredited
Rebel guard on road to Flint CanyonUncredited
Rebel supply privateUncredited
Calico Jack Miller Rebel recruit/Ex-Quantril raiderMentioned
Torrenson Rebel recruitMentioned


DirectorGeorge Blair
WriterArthur Orloff
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Music ScoreHarry Sukman
Director of PhotographyJack MacKenzie, A.S.C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Film EditorRay de Vally
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundWilliam Russell
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 DirectorWilliam Dorfman
Set DecorationGeorge Milo


Epilogue – based on the script “Midnight Rebellion” by Arthur Orloff

(ANDY SHERMAN is walking around the front room of the ranch house, wearing JESS HARPER’s gunfighter pistol. JONESY is sitting in the rocker, reading the paper.)


JONESY: Andy how many times you gotta be told not to play with that thing.


ANDY SHERMAN: I’m not playing. I’m practicing.


JONESY: Slim thought you were big enough to have a gun, he’da got you one.


ANDY SHERMAN: (puts away JESS HARPER’s gunfighter gun in the hidden box on the fireplace.) Jonesy, I think Jess’d want me to have that gun.


JONESY: Andy, I’m a lot bigger than you are. Well, not much. But I’m a lot older by a long sight and I never handle a gun unless it is absolutely necessary.


ANDY SHERMAN: Well I might have to sometime… and if I do I want to be able to use it.


JESS HARPER: (Opens the front door.)  Hi


ANDY SHERMAN: Well, Jess. (Runs to JESS HARPER and clasps him by both arms.)


JESS HARPER: Andy, boy am I glad to see you. You too, Jonesy.


JONESY: Well I’m not glad to see you.


(MARSHAL walks in behind JESS HARPER.)


JONESY: Well hi, Marshall. I’m glad you got the culprit… You’re supposed to be dead.


MARSHAL: I’m no ghost, Jonesy.


JONESY: If this whole thing’s a joke, so help me I.


JESS HARPER: It’s no joke, Jonesy. I shot the marshall alright, but I shot him with a blank cartridge.




MARSHAL: Jess went off on a secret mission for the government. We had to make it look like he was a wanted killer. Ah, I had a little sack full of chicken blood in my shirt. Looked pretty good, didn’t it.




ANDY SHERMAN: What kind of secret mission?


JESS HARPER: I’ll tell you ’bout it later. It’s a long story.


JONESY: But you didn’t have to hit Slim.


JESS HARPER: Yeah, I know I hit him kinda hard. But I had to. He was in on it.


JONESY: In on it! Well, wait til I see… I don’t know who I’m maddest at, but I think it’s you (pointing at the MARSHAL).


MARSHAL: We had to keep it a secret. We couldn’t take any chances.


JONESY: (Looking at MARSHAL) I’ll have you know that I cried my eyes out at your funeral. (Grabs JESS HARPER’s arms.) Hi, boy.


Historical Reference

United States and Canada Border Disputes


Geographic References

Crooked Fork

Flint Canyon, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Waterton, Canada










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