“Naked Steel”

Season:      4 episode 13
Series Episode: 105
Air Date: January 1, 1963
Laramie TV series
A Revue Studios production



Slim’s attempt to recover cattle drive money from a card shark takes a strange turn when the card shark robs the Riverton bank.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermaniOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith31Credited
Jess HarperPart owner - Sherman ranch and relay stationRobert Fuller29Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
Lee ChristyMathew Christy's brotherJim Beck27Credited
Mathew "Matt" Christy Riverton mine ownerHarlan Warde45Credited
Mr. HeronOutlaw/McKeever's shillRobert Cornthwaite45Credited
Rudford JenksHotel clerkGage Clarke62Credited
Nora KelseyRiverton saloon girlGloria Talbott31Credited
Al McKeeverOutlaw/Card sharkCharles Maxwell49Credited
Ben TateRiverton marshalJohn Doucette41Credited
BillyDrover backing SlimWilliam Wellman, Jr.25Credited
Riverton saloon girlJoan Swift29Credited
DavyRiverton boyUncredited
Riverton bankerGene Roth59Uncredited
Mr. PattonLaramie rancherUncredited
Walter Ames, M. D.Riverton doctorMentioned
E. M. Collett M.D.Riverton doctorMentioned
Clara PattonMr. Patton's wifeMentioned
Marty PattonMr. Patton's sonMentioned



DirectorHarmon Jones
TeleplayDonald S. Sanford
StoryJohn Champion
ProducerJohn Champion
Assistant to ProducerRod Peterson
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorRussell Kimball
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Editorial Color ConsultantAlex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundEarl Crain, Sr.
Makeup ArtistJack Barron
Hair StylistFlorence Bush
Costume & WardrobeVincent Dee
Series StuntmenPaul 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 DirectorFrank Losee
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Ralph Sylos



Epilogue – based on the teleplay by Donald S. Sanford and story by John C. Champion


(DAISY rings the triangle dinner bell on the Sherman ranch house porch. JESS and SLIM come to the porch from the ranch yard. MIKE runs out of the kitchen door.)


MIKE: Slim, a letter came for ya this morning.


SLIM: Well. you don’t say?


MIKE: It’s from Riverton. Looks important. Can I get it for ya?


SLIM: Well, if you think it can’t wait.


(MIKE runs into the ranch house.)


DAISY: (Laughs) He can’t stand an unopened letter.


JESS: Yeah, well, I’m kinda partial to a mystery myself, Daisy. What d’ya figure it is? (Rubs SLIM’s shoulder) Maybe some pretty little gal Slim’s been deceiving.


SLIM: (Slaps Jess in the ribs)


MIKE: (Reappearing) It’s from a bank. (Hands SLIM the envelope)


SLIM: Bank? (Opens the letter and unfolds it. He looks puzzled.)


MIKE: What’s it say?


DAISY: Mike, that is a private matter.


SLIM: Well, it seems that Marshal Tate didn’t have any kin. The reward money that would go to him, comes to me.


MIKE: Wow-ee! How much?


DAISY: Mike! It isn’t polite to pry.


MIKE: Well I was only pryin’ a little.


(SLIM hands DAISY the check)


DAISY: My goodness!


SLIM: Daisy, would you see that the Patton family gets that. You’ll know how to do it so it doesn’t hurt their pride. That oughta see them through ’til next fall.


DAISY: That’s very generous of you, Slim.


JESS: Getting kinda liberal about giving your money away, aren’t ya pard?


DAISY: Ah, a gift from the heart has a way of coming back.


JESS: Maybe so, Daisy…


SLIM: I’ll flip ya for it, pard. You know, before I left I bet you five dollars that that new corral fence wouldn’t be up. Forgot about it, huh?


JESS: Forgot, I was too blame busy….


SLIM: Just the same, it’s not up. (Snaps his fingers and puts out his hand, palm up.)


JESS: (Looks at Slim with disgust)


SLIM: Look at that face, Daisy.


DAISY: Um… hmm. (Laughs)


(JESS slaps a five dollar bill into SLIM’s hand.)


SLIM: Thank you.


DAISY: Come on, dinner’s getting cold.


(SLIM pats MIKE on the behind as all go in through the kitchen door.)



Geographic References

Kansas City, Missouri

Laramie, Wyoming Territory

San Francisco, California


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