“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
|"Slim" Sherman||Owner - Sherman ranch and relay station||John Smith||31||Credited|
|Jess Harper||Sherman ranch hand||Robert Fuller||29||Credited|
|Daisy Cooper||Sherman housekeeper||Spring Byington||75||Credited|
|Mike Williams||Orphan||Dennis Holmes||12||Credited|
|Mrs. Duncan||Laramie townswoman||Edna Holland||67||Credited|
|Mr. J. Elbee||Laramie undertaker||John Qualen||63||Credited|
|Mr. Jones||Laramie Feed & Grain store owner||Hal K. Dawson||65||Credited|
|Carl Keefer||Tony Keefer's brother||Ron Hayes||33||Credited|
|Frank Keefer||Tony Keefer's brother||L. Q. Jones||35||Credited|
|Will Keefer||Tony Keefer's brother||Andy Romano||21||Credited|
|Ben McKittrick||Gunfighter||Jim Davis||51||Credited|
|Francie McKittrick||Ben McKittrick's wife/Jess Harper's sister||Jacqueline Scott||30||Credited|
|Mose Shell||Stagecoach driver||Eddy Waller||72||Credited|
|Fred||Laramie stage depot employee||Olan Soule||53||Credited|
|Laramie saloon keeper||Norman Leavitt||48||Credited|
|R. H. Peters||Laramie doctor||Uncredited|
|Ed||Laramie livery owner||Uncredited|
|Tony Keefer||Killed by McKittrick||Mentioned|
|Teleplay||David Lang & Dan Ullman|
|Assistant to Producer||Rod Peterson|
|Laramie Theme||Cyril Mockridge|
|Director of Photography||Ray Rennahan, A. S. C.|
|Associate Producer||Dan Ullman|
|Art Director||Russell Kimball|
|Editorial Dept. Head/Supervisor||David J. O'Connell|
|Editorial Color Consultant||Alex Quiroga|
|Color Processing by||Consolidated Film Industries|
|Film Editor||John C. Fuller, A.C.E.|
|Musical Supervision||Stanley Wilson|
|Sound||Earl Crain, Jr.|
|Makeup Artist||Jack Barron|
|Hair Stylist||Florence Bush|
|Costume & Wardrobe||Vincent Dee|
|Series Stuntmen||Paul 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 Director||George Bisk|
|Set Decoration||John 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, 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 HARPER looks sad and looks to the doorway as FRANCIE MCKETTERICK, DAISY COOPER, MIKE WILLIAMS and SLIM SHERMAN come out.)
FRANCIE MCKETTERICK: (Hugs DAISY COOPER) Thank you, Daisy.
SLIM SHERMAN: (Kisses FRANCIE MCKETTERICK)
FRANCIE MCKETTERICK: Bye bye, Mike
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?
JESS HARPER and FRANCIE MCKETTERICK: (Laugh)
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.
BEN MCKETTERICK: Let’s go.
(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.)
Sources: Laramie episodes (written, spoken and credits), Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and individual observation
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