“Shadows in the Dust”


Season:     3 episode 16
Series Episode:  80
Air Date: January 16, 1962
Laramie TV series
A Revue Studios production



When rustlers hit the Sherman ranch, Slim signs on as a special investigator for the Cattleman’s Association.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith30Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
Jean Lavelle OutlawSusan Oliver29Credited
"Gimp"OutlawFrancis J. McDonald 70Credited
RolphOutlawDennis Patrick43Credited
Edgerton sheriffWalter Sande55Credited
Edgerton deputyTru GarrettCredited
Edgerton rancherEd Prentiss53Credited
L. E. Creed, MDEdgerton doctorMentioned
"Old Man" PetersonEdgerton rancherMentioned



DirectorJoe Kane
WriterLowell Barrington
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreCyril J. Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorAlex Mayer
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Editorial Color ConsultantAlex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorRay C. de Vally
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundJohn W. Rixey
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, 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 DirectorNat Holt, Jr.
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy, Jr & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on the script by Lowell Barrington


(MIKE, wearing SLIM’s hat, is sitting on the seat of the buckboard that is in front of the Sherman ranch house. The buckboard is full of ranch tools and household goods. SLIM inspects the load.)


SLIM: Well, that should be all I need.


MIKE: You’re sure goin’ to a lot of trouble makin’ a cabin for an old rustler, aren’t ya, Slim?


SLIM – Well Mike, this rustler isn’t old. Besides, she’s not a rustler anymore. (SLIM lifts MIKE down off the buckboard.)


MIKE: How d’ya know?


SLIM: Oh! Well, she got her land back. That makes her a homesteader. Sides that, she’s been in jail for six months thinkin’ it over.


(DAISY comes out of the ranch house.)


SLIM: So the sheriff in Edgerton and I decided to have a real nice place waitin’ for her when she got out.


MIKE: Sheriff’s gonna help too?


SLIM: Sure.


DAISY: So am I. Those curtains I’m making, they’ll be done in a week. (Hands SLIM a basket.) Now I packed your lunch. Don’t forget to stop and eat it.


SLIM: Thanks, Daisy. (Gets up on the buckboard and sets the picnic basket on the seat.) Listen, I’ll be back in a week. Mike, you take good care of Daisy and Jess, hear.


MIKE: Alright.


SLIM: So long. (Urges the horses to move off.) Come on.




Historical Reference

Fort Sanders, Wyoming Territory


Geographic References

Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory

Edgerton, Wyoming Territory

Laramie, Wyoming Territory

Rock Canyon, Wyoming Territory



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