“Stage Stop”

 

Season:   1 episode 1
Series Episode:  1
Air Date: September 15, 1959
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Hoagy Carmichael, Robert Crawford, Jr.  and Robert Fuller
A Revue Studios production

 

Teaser

The arrival of a fiddle-footed saddle tramp at the Sherman ranch brings about some big changes – in all concerned.

 

Cast & Crew Lists

Cast

CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith28Credited
Jess HarperDrifterRobert Fuller26Credited
"Jonesy"Sherman foremanHoagy Carmichael69Credited
Andy ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationRobert Crawford, Jr.15Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
BarkleyLaramie deputyNorman Willis56Credited
Bud CarlinOutlaw leaderDan Duryea52Credited
Pete Morgan OutlawJohn Mitchum40Credited
Thomas J. WilkensJudgeEverett Sloane49Credited
ClintOutlawGordon Jones48Credited
FrankyStagecoach driverBoyd Stockman43Credited
HartleyLaramie deputyGil Rankin47Credited
MattOutlawJon Locke31Credited
Neeley

Laramie sheriff Don Haggerty45Credited
U. S. MarshallDan Riss49Credited
Laramie print shop typesetterHarvey Stephens58Credited
BradyStagecoach shotgunUncredited
Laramie bartenderHerman Hack60Uncredited
"Doc" HansenLaramie doctorMentioned
Johnny White & his brothers
OutlawsMentioned
Herb & his boysOutlawsMentioned

Crew

DirectorHerschel Daugherty    
Writer Robert Pirosh
ProducerRobert Pirosh
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Music ScoreNathan Scott
Director of PhotographyLionel Lindon, A.S.C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorRichard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Color Processing byPathe
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundEarl Crain, Sr.
Makeup ArtistRobert Dawn
Hair StylistFlorence Bush
Costume & WardrobeVincent Dee
Assistant DirectorEdward K. Dodds
Set DecorationWilliam Tapp
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

 

Epilogue – based upon the script “Stage Stop” by Robert Pirosh

 

(JESS HARPER is riding down the road to the next town. Suddenly, SLIM SHERMAN appears, galloping after him.)

 

SLIM SHERMAN : Jess! Jess! (SLIM SHERMAN comes along side JESS HARPER) Whoa. You’re a hard man to catch up with.

 

JESS HARPER: I want to make the next town before dark.

 

SLIM SHERMAN: We could use an extra hand around here. Wouldn’t pay much, but…

 

JESS HARPER: I like being my own boss.

 

SLIM SHERMAN: There’s a real future here, Jess. Finest cow country in Wyoming. Wha’d ya say? This could lead to somethin’.

 

JESS HARPER: Yeah, it sure could. Trouble.

 

SLIM SHERMAN: Why don’t we take that chance? Come on, we’ll be late for supper.

 

(SLIM SHERMAN takes off down the road and after a moments hesitation, JESS HARPER follows.)

 

(At the Sherman ranch, ANDY SHERMAN is impatiently watching from the gate to the pasture. He hits the gate with a stick and turns to go to the ranch house. He hears oncoming hooves and whirls around to see SLIM SHERMAN and JESS HARPER riding down the road.)

 

ANDY SHERMAN : Slim! Jess! Woohoo! (Runs towards SLIM SHERMAN and JESS HARPERand slaps SLIM’ SHERMANs hand. Turns back and runs towards the ranch house, shouting) Jonesy, they’re back. Both Slim and Jess. Do ya hear me, Jonesy? They’re back! Come on, Jonesy. (Reachs the ranch house kitchen door, shouting) Slim’s back and Jess is with ‘im.

 

(SLIM SHERMAN and JESS HARPER ride into the ranch yard. SLIM SHERMAN dismounts. JESS HARPER watches ANDY SHERMAN and then dismounts. ANDY SHERMAN runs back out of the house and to JESS HARPER, followed by JONESY.)

 

ANDY SHERMAN: (Grabs JESS HARPER’s arm) : Got ya! (Grabs SLIM SHERMAN’s arm.) Got ya!

 

JESS HARPER: (Looks at SLIM SHERMAN) : All right, deal me in. We’ll play a hand or two and see how it works out.

 

JONESY: But don’t deal any off the bottom.

 

All: (Laugh)

 

(JESS HARPER and SLIM SHERMAN unsaddle their horses as JONESY and ANDY SHERMAN go back to the ranch house.)

 

 

 

Historical References

Great Central Overland  Mail

Historic Occurrences of 1870

 

Geographic References

Abilene, Kansas, United States of America

Baxter Ridge, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Bighorn Basin, Wyoming Territory United States of America

Crestwood Trail, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Denver, Colorado Territory, United States of America

Dodge City, Kansas, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Medicine Bow, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Wichita, Kansas, United States of America

 

 

Musical Reference

Open Up Them Pearly Gates

 

 

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