“Rope of Steel”

Season:     1 episode 22

Series Episode:  22

Air Date:  February 16, 1960

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

A Revue Studios production



Slim is accused of being a thief.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith28Credited
"Jonesy"Sherman foremanHoagy Carmichael70Credited
Charlie BowdenLaramie storekeeperGeorge Mitchell54Credited
J. L. Huber, M. D. Laramie doctorGeorge Eldredge61Credited
Mary Lynn Layton Dell's wifeLillian O'Malley67Credited
Mace Stringer FarmerHarry Townes45Credited
SallySaloon girlMari Blanchard36Credited
Tully KillerJohn Cliff41Credited
Will Posse memberCharlie Briggs27Credited
Laramie sheriffBartlett Robinson47Credited
Laramie bartenderH. E. WestCredited
Dell Layton Laramie rancherTom Fadden65Credited
Laramie townsmanFrank Mills69Uncredited


DirectorThomas Carr
TeleplayRod Peterson
StoryRod Peterson & Dan Ulman
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Music ScoreAlbert Sendrey
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorJohn J. Lloyd
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorRichard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundJohn C. Grubb
Makeup ArtistJack Barron
Hair StylistFlorence Bush
Costume & WardrobeVincent Dee
Assistant DirectorWilliam Dorfman
Set DecorationWilliam Tapp
Series Stuntmen (uncredited)Paul Baxley, Joe Canutt. Bill Catching, Chuck Courtney, John Daheim, Leonard P. Geer, Sol Gorss, 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.

Epilogue – based on the teleplay “Rope of Steel” by Rod Peterson and story by Rod Peterson & Dan Ullman


(WILL, CHARLIE BOWDEN, and the SHERIFF ride into the Sherman ranch yard. SLIM SHERMAN is greasing the buckboard axle. WILL, CHARLIE BOWDEN, and the SHERIFF dismount and come over to the buckboard.)


CHARLIE BOWDEN: Slim, I got somethin’ to say. Seems I had a pretty quick tongue before when I was suspicionin’ ya. But now the words don’t come so easy. I was as wrong as a man could be for thinkin’ that you’d take somethin’ that wasn’t yours, and for shootin’ down that killer, and for fighting with you, and for… You name it ‘n I did it. I’m mighty sorry, Slim.


WILL: Me too.


SLIM SHERMAN: I’m trying to stay mad at the buncha ya. (Tosses down tool) But you’re not makin’ it very easy. Charlie. (SLIM SHERMAN offers his right hand to CHARLIE BOWDEN.)


SHERIFF: Folks in town voted you trustee of the money, Slim. You can handle it any way you want.




JONESY: Charlie, you’re not much of a storekeeper.




JONESY : You let one apple pretty near spoil the whole barrel.


CHARLIE BOWDEN: Yep. I sure did.


SLIM SHERMAN: Talkin’ about apples, how ’bout some cider?


JONESY : Set out. Cups n’ all. I figured you couldn’t stay mad very long.


(JONESY and CHARLIE BOWDEN smile at each other. All walk towards the house.)



Geographic References

Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

San Francisco, California, United States of America



Apple Cider

Tinned Beans





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