“Shadow of the Past”


Season:    4 episode 4
Series Episode: 96
Air Date: October 16, 1962
Laramie TV series
A Revue Studios production



Trouble abounds for Jess when his “deceased” sister, Francie, arrives in Laramie.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith31Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller29Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes12Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Mrs. DuncanLaramie townswomanEdna Holland67Credited
Mr. J. ElbeeLaramie undertakerJohn Qualen63Credited
Mr. JonesLaramie Feed & Grain store ownerHal K. Dawson65Credited
Carl KeeferTony Keefer's brotherRon Hayes33Credited
Frank KeeferTony Keefer's brotherL. Q. Jones35Credited
Will KeeferTony Keefer's brotherAndy Romano21Credited
Ben McKittrickGunfighterJim Davis51Credited
Francie McKittrickBen McKittrick's wife/Jess Harper's sisterJacqueline Scott30Credited
Mose ShellStagecoach driverEddy Waller72Credited
FredLaramie stage depot employeeOlan Soule53Credited
Laramie saloon keeperNorman Leavitt48Credited
R. H. PetersLaramie doctorUncredited
EdLaramie livery ownerUncredited
Jim DuncanMentioned
Tony KeeferKilled by McKittrickMentioned



DirectorHerman Hoffman
TeleplayDavid Lang & Dan Ullman
StoryDavid Lang
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, Jr.
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, Hemet, 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 DirectorGeorge Bisk
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Ralph Sylos



Epilogue – based on the teleplay by David Lang & Dan Ullman and story by David Lang


(BEN MCKETTERICK is sitting on a buckboard in the Sherman ranch yard. JESS is loading luggage in the buckboard.)


BEN MCKETTERICK: Well, it’s sure not easy to leave.


JESS: You don’t have to, Ben. Plenty of farmland around here for you and Francie to settle on.


BEN MCKETTERICK: Yeah, I know. But, Francie’s got her heart set on the west coast and I do too. I think it’s better for both of us to get as far away from my troubles as we can.


JESS: Up to you. You can still do what the people around here want you to. Change your name. We’ll put up a headstone. Outside of a few people, that wouldn’t say anything, nobody’d know.


BEN MCKETTERICK: Well, it sure was nice of them to offer. But I’m Ben McKitterick and I’m gonna stay that way. Trouble comes, I’ll meet it on it’s own terms. You know somethin’, Jess. I think you’d do the same thing in my place.


(JESS looks sad and looks to the doorway as FRANCIE MCKETTERICK, DAISY, MIKE and SLIM come out.)








MIKE: Bye, Francie.


SLIM: Bye, Francie.


FRANCIE MCKETTERICK: (Walks over to JESS) Probably won’t ever write. Will you come and see us?


JESS: Well now, I don’t know, a place might fall apart without me here to run it.


SLIM: (Looks at DAISY and then leans toward FRANCIE MCKETTERICK) Francie, you can have him any time you want him. Now too soon?




FRANCIE MCKETTERICK: No, I think I’m gonna wait. He can come visit his nephew, maybe even his neice.


JESS: Well, tell ya’ one thing, if you’re going to make me an uncle, you’re not goin to do it by standing around here. (Hugs FRANCIE MCKETTERICK)


FRANCIE MCKETTERICK: (Raises her arm for BEN MCKETTERICK to help her into the wagon. Climbs up alongside BEN MCKETTERICK.) Let’s go, Ben.


BEN MCKETTERICK: (Shakes JESS’ hand) So long, Jess.


JESS: So long, Ben.




(The buckboard moves out of the ranch yard. FRANCIE MCKETTERICK waves, JESS waves. DAISY, MIKE and SLIM wave as JESS walks forward, watching BEN and FRANCIE MCKETTERICK leave.)




Historical Reference

Epidemics – Diphtheria


Geographic References

Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory

Galveston, Texas

Laramie, Wyoming Territory

Leavenworth, Kansas

Pike’s Peak




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