“Queen of Diamonds”


Season:     2 episode 1

Episode:  32

Air Date: September 20, 1960

Laramie TV series starring John Smith and Robert Fuller

A Revue Studios production



Slim is dealt a seemingly pat hand that can only lead to trouble.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith29Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller27Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Jim Dark June Dark's husbandClaude Akins34Credited
June Dark (alias June Brown)Card dealerJulie London33Credited
Abel ReevesBart's brother/Ex-convictMike Ragan42Credited
Bart ReevesEx-convictBrad Weston32Credited
Clem Reeves Bart's brother/Ex-convictTony Young23Credited
Mose ShellStagecoach driverEddy Waller77Credited
W. Stoner Laramie saloon ownerMaurice Mason47Credited
StanRancher/Poker playerJames Chandler30Credited
Card dealerWalter Reed44Credited
Jack Karnes Blackjack playerK. L. Smith37Uncredited
BillLaramie deputyGregg Palmer33Uncredited
Poker playerChalky Williams53Uncredited
Laramie cafe proprietor68Uncredited
Laramie saloon brawlerRonnie Rondell, Jr.23Uncredited
Laramie townsman43Uncredited
Jake Reeves Bart's brother/OutlawMentioned
Laramie sheriffMentioned




DirectorLesley Selander
TeleplayJerry Adelman
StoryDan Ullman
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreCyril J. Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorJohn Meehan
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundJoe Lapis
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 DirectorFrank Losee
Set DecorationPerry Murdock



Epilogue – based on the teleplay “Queen of Diamonds” by Jerry Adelman and story by Dan Ullman


(JESS HARPER and SLIM SHERMAN are in the ranch house kitchen. JESS HARPER is sitting in a chair, feet up on the table, reading the paper. SLIM SHERMAN is vigorously washing the dishes from a pan on the table.)


JESS HARPER: Gently! Gently! (JESS HARPER goes back to reading the paper.) Hey! Looks like I’m going to have to teach how to wash dishes all over again.


SLIM SHERMAN: (Picks up a large pot and menaces JESS HARPER.) How would you like me to break this over your head? I mean it Jess. Now lay off a me!


(Both hear the sound of galloping horses. JESS HARPER gets up and looks out the window to see the stagecoach galloping in.)


MOSE: Whoa!


JESS HARPER: Come on, Grandma, stage is in.


(SLIM SHERMAN angrily takes off the apron and tosses it down. They go outside.)


JESS HARPER: I’ll check the horses.


(SLIM SHERMAN arrives at the door to the stagecoach just in time to help JUNE DARK out. JIM DARK follows her out of the door.)


JUNE DARK: I’m glad you’re here. I wanted to say goodbye.


JIM DARK: Say goodbye and thanks for everything.


SLIM SHERMAN: It’s alright. Forget it.


JUNE DARK: I hope you understand, Slim.


SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, I think I do. You’re a very lucky man, Mr. Dark. You’ve got a pretty wonderful wife.


JIM DARK: I know. I’m kind of partial to her myself.


JUNE DARK: Thanks again. (Kisses SLIM SHERMAN on the cheek.)


JESS HARPER: (Finished with watering the horses, he moves near SLIM SHERMAN, JUNE DART and JIM DART) All set, Mose.


JUNE DARK: (Looks at JESS HARPER) You don’t like me, do you?


JESS HARPER: (Smiling) Why should I?  You didn’t kiss me.


JUNE DARK: (Walks over to JESS HARPER and kisses him lightly, but fully, on the mouth.)


MOSE: Let’s go.


(JUNE DARK walks back to the stage door and SLIM SHERMAN helps her in.)


JIM DARK: (Offers SLIM SHERMAN his right hand to shake): To say goodbye and thanks for everything.


SLIM SHERMAN: Same here.


(JIM DARK gets into the coach. SLIM SHERMAN closes the door and MOSE drives off. JESS HARPER puts down the bucket. SLIM  SHERMAN waves.)


JESS HARPER: Alright, Grandma, back to the dishes.


(As JESS HARPER bends over to pick up the bucket. SLIM SHERMAN kicks JESS HARPER in the readily available target.)


JESS HARPER: O-oh! (Straightens and throws the water in the bucket in SLIM SHERMAN’s face.)




(JESS HARPER takes off for the kitchen door with SLIM SHERMAN in hot pursuit.)



Historical References

Professional Gambler

Red Cross


Geographic References

Blackwell City, Cherokee Strip, United States of America

Carson City, Nevada, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America







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