“Shadow of the Past”


Season:    4 episode 4
Series Episode: 96
Air Date: October 16, 1962
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
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 ownerHugh Sanders51Uncredited
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 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 DirectorGeorge Bisk
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Ralph Sylos



Epilogue – based on the teleplay “Shadow of the Past” by David Lang & Dan Ullman and story by David Lang


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


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


JESS HARPER: 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 HARPER: 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 who 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 HARPER looks sad and looks to the doorway as FRANCIE MCKETTERICK, DAISY COOPER, MIKE WILLIAMS and SLIM SHERMAN come out.)








MIKE WILLIAMS: Bye, Francie.


SLIM SHERMAN: Bye, Francie.


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


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


SLIM SHERMAN: (Looks at DAISY COOPER 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 HARPER: 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 HARPER’s hand) So long, Jess.


JESS HARPER: So long, Ben.




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




Historical Reference

Epidemics – Diphtheria


Geographic References

Cedar Bend

Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Galveston, Texas, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Leavenworth, Kansas, United States of America

Pike’s Peak, Colorado, United States of America

Redrock, Wyoming Territory, United States of America




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