“The Barefoot Kid”


Season:     3 episode 15
Series Episode:  79
Air Date: January 9, 1962
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



Jess is at odds with the law when the sentence is death for a 16-year-old Mexican horse thief.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith30Credited
Jess ShermanSherman ranch handRobert Fuller28Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Ruth CraikJudge Craik's daughterJoanna Barnes27Credited
Vince CutterDry Springs sheriffRichard Coogan47Credited
CraikDry Springs judgeOliver McGowan54Credited
Juan de la O "Juanito" Mexican horse thiefRafael Campos25Credited
Dan EmeryJury Foreman/Dry Springs storekeeperHarry Carey, Jr.40Credited
Jenny Stevens Dry Springs cafe ownerMary Sinclair39Credited
Dry Springs blacksmithLenny Greer47Credited
Dry Springs bartenderHarry Carter44Credited
RickDry Springs townsmanHenry Rowland48Credited
Dry Springs townsman that opens jail cell door for sheriff
Cecil CombsUncredited
Steve Craik Judge Craik's son/Dry Springs deputyMentioned



DirectorJoe Kane
WriterDick Nelson
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Editorial Color ConsultantAlex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorRay C. de Vally
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundWilliam Russell
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, 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 DirectorFrank Losee
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock


Epilogue – based on “The Barefoot Kid,” a script by Dick Nelson

(JESS HARPER rides into the Sherman ranch yard. MIKE WILLIAMS runs to him and jumps into his arms.)


MIKE WILLIAMS: Boy, am I glad to see you!


JESS HARPER: Gee, I…Ya act like you been worryin’ about me.


MIKE WILLIAMS: Na, I knew you’d be alright.


DAISY COOPER: Well, I didn’t. I worried about ya.


JESS HARPER: Well, I reckon I got sidetracked some, Daisy. (To SLIM SHERMAN) We got some beef to get movin’, partner. I made us a big sale.


SLIM SHERMAN: Hey, that’s the kinda news I like to hear. You sure took your time getting home. What’d ya do, get in trouble?


JESS HARPER: Who me? Get in trouble? Where’d you get a crazy idea like that?


(SLIM SHERMAN cuffs him on the arm. JESS HARPER laughs.)



Historical Reference

Horse theft


Geographic References

Alto Puede, Mexico







Ham and Eggs






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