“The Dark Trail”

 

Season:      2 episode 7

Series Episode:   38

Air Date:  November 1,  1960

Laramie TV series

A Revue Studios production

 

Teaser

Liars never prosper. Cheaters never win. However, a lot of people can be hurt in the process.

 

Cast & Crew Lists

Cast

CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus 
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith29Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller27Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Celie BronsonSam's daughterGigi Perreau19Credited
Sam BronsonRanch ownerHarold J. Stone47Credited
BetzOutlaw leaderL. Q. Jones33Credited
Mr.CreightonStage line employeeVinton Hayworth54Credited
Jack Fletcher (alias Sandy Kayle) OutlawRobert Vaughn27Credited
ToddMarshal New Mexico TerritoryStuart Randall51Credited
PerryBronson's ranch handBob Anderson40Credited
Cold Creek doctorHenry Hunter53Credited
Ferris OutlawLenny GreerUncredited
ClayOutlawUncredited
Cold Creek hotel clerkUncredited
Cold Creek sheriff
Tim SmithMentioned

 

Crew

DirectorFrancis D. Lyon
TeleplayMilton Geiger
StoryDan Ullman
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyGilbert Warrington
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundClarence E. Self
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, 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
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy/Perry Murdock

 

Epilogue – based on the teleplay by Milton Geiger and story by Dan Ullman

 

(The horses are moving around in the Sherman ranch corral. MR. CRAIGHTON, SLIM and JESS are resting their arms on the corral gate.)

 

MR. CRAIGHTON: I don’t know, all these horses you brought in look kinda beat.

 

JESS: I reckon you would be too if you’d come as far as they did.

 

SLIM: Oh listen, what Jess means is you can’t travel a horse on a lead line over two hundred miles of rough country and expect him to look his best.

 

MR. CRAIGHTON: Well, I guess they’ll fill out. Even if they don’t, I s’pose we can always use them for standby teams.

 

SLIM: Well, then it’s a deal.

 

MR. CRAIGHTON: Yeah…yeah. You know I can’t help envyin’ you two.

JESS: Wha d’ya’ mean?

 

MR. CRAIGHTON: Well, just being able to pick up and go like you did going south to pick up these bang tails. (Laughs) You must have had quite a time for yourself, didn’t ya?

 

JESS: Yeah, I guess I did.

 

MR. CRAIGHTON: What d’ya mean ya guess ya did? I remember more than a few of those trail town saloons you musta been in. Heh-heh! Was in them myself when I was about your age. ‘Bout broke my heart when I had to go back to work. Yes sir, you young fellas sure got it easy.

(SLIM and JESS watch MR. CRAIGHTON leave, grin at each other, stifling laughter as they turn back to the corral.)

 

 

Geographic References

Fort Collins, Colorado Territory

Jefferson Territory

New Mexico  Territory

Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory

 

 

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

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