“The Day of the Savage”


Season:     3 episode 23
Series Episode:  87
Air Date: March 13, 1962
Laramie TV series
A Revue Studios production



Jess and Slim get caught up in a Sioux uprising caused by the death of Chatez at the hands of a white man.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith31Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller28Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Glen ColtonMurdererJohn Lupton33Credited
Walt Clayborne Plains Cavalry captainLane Bradford39Credited
DarbyRancherTom Greenway50Credited
Patricia "Patty" Marr Glen Colton's fianceePat OlsonCredited
Skenya Sioux warriorX Brands34Credited
TorianoChatez's sonMichael Pate42Credited
TaylorPlains Cavalry lieutenantGary Vinson25Credited
TomaSioux warriorJay Silverheels50Credited
Plains Cavalry sergeantNick Nicholson41Credited
Stagecoach driverBoyd Stockman46Credited
Stagecoach shotgunUncredited
ChatezSioux chiefMentioned
Mrs. Nora DarbyMr. Darby's wifeMentioned
Mose ShellStagecoach driverMentioned



DirectorJoe Kane
TeleplayRod Peterson
StoryJohn Champion
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril 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 A. C. E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundLyle Cain
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
Assistant DirectorJack Doran
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on the teleplay by Rod Peterson and story by John C. Champion


(JESS and SLIM ride into the Sherman ranch yard. They tie their horses up at the corral. MIKE runs out of the ranch house kitchen door.)


JESS: Hey, Mike and Daisy musta beat us back.


MIKE: (Jumps up into MIKE’s arms.) Slim, where ya been? We’ve been worried about ya.


JESS: Well, what do ya think we’ve been? To a Sunday school picnic?


SLIM: Where’s Daisy?


MIKE: In the house. We heard about what happened at the fort so we thought it was safe to come home.


SLIM: (Laughs and dumps MIKE in JESS’ arms.) Help Jess unsaddle, Mike.




JESS: Give me a hand, Tiger.


(SLIM goes into the ranch house kitchen. DAISY is using a poker to adjust the fire in the stove. SLIM removes his hat and holds it in his hand when he sees DAISY.)


SLIM: Hi, Daisy. (Kisses her forehead.) How are ya?


DAISY: Just fine, Slim. Mike and I were so happy to hear that you helped put down the uprising.


SLIM: Ah, we were lucky. Yeah, yeah, it’s too bad that one man can cause all that trouble.


DAISY: It certainly is. You know something? Sometimes it takes an upheaval to make us realize that what we have is worth fighting for.


SLIM: (Throws hat to the side) Does that mean that you and Mike aren’t gonna move into town?


DAISY: Are you trying to get rid of us? (Laughs) Huh!


(SLIM hugs DAISY. From outside the kitchen door, they hear JESS.)


JESS: Hey, Slim. (Enters the kitchen with MIKE on his back. MIKE is holding JESS’s hat over JESS’s face.) Get this tiger, will ya’?


(JESS tosses MIKE into SLIM’s arms and SLIM hangs MIKE like a sack of potatoes from his left hand. JESS puts his hat back on his head.)


JESS -Hi Daisy, what’s for supper?


DAISY: Ah, after all that’s happened, all you can think of is eating.


JESS: Oh, I’m sorry. How are you, Daisy? What’s for supper? (Hugs Daisy, who pats JESS’ back with the handle of a wooden spoon. SLIM puts MIKE down.)



Historical Reference

Fort Laramie, Wyoming Territory


Geographic References

Boulder City, Colorado Territory

Laramie, Wyoming Territory



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