“The Dispossessed”


Season:     4 episode 20
Series Episode: 112
Air Date: February 19, 1963
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



Why do they always end up between a rock and a hard place?  Slim and Jess stand between two brothers and mustangers suspected of being Comancheros.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith31Credited
Jess HarperPart owner - Sherman ranch and relay stationRobert Fuller29Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes12Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Joe BeldonRancherJim Davis53Credited
Luke BeldonJoe Beldon's brother/RancherRobert Bray45Credited
Cass DillardRancherCarl ReindelCredited
Sam DillardMustangerArthur Hunnicutt53Credited
Sarah Dillard Sam Dillard's wifeKatharine Warren 57Credited
Prentice Beldon's wranglerRichard Shannon42Credited
CobeyMustangerMichael Forest33Credited
Ellen Madge's sisterBennye Gatteys22Credited
MadgeOrphanGail Kobe32Credited



DirectorJesse Hibbs
WriterBuckley Angell
ProducerJohn Champion
Assistant to ProducerRod Peterson
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDaniel Ullman
Art DirectorRussell Kimball
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Editorial Color ConsultantAlex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundEarl Crain, Jr.
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, Hemet, 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 DirectorJack Doran
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Ralph Sylos



Epilogue – based on “The Dispossessed,” a script by Buckley Angell


(JESS HARPER is putting logs on the fire in the fireplace in the front room of the Sherman ranch house.)


MIKE WILLIAMS: Jess, you told me ten times what Commancheros are, but I just can’t seem to get it right.


JESS HARPER: (Stands and strokes Mike’s hair) Well, I wouldn’t worry about it, Tiger, ’cause there aren’t any of ’em around here.


MIKE WILLIAMS: Well if there were any, how would I recognize ’em?


JESS HARPER: Well, let’s see. The men, uh, they wear a funny kinda clothes that they steal any place they can get. The women, they wear moccasins on their feet, just like Indians do.


DAISY COOPER: Come on, you two. Supper’s ready.


MIKE WILLIAMS: Suppose Aunt Daisy’s a Commanchero? She wears moccasins.


DAISY COOPER: What? Why shouldn’t I? (Pulls up skirt to look at moccasins) They’re the most comfortable house shoes I’ve ever had on my feet. What’s wrong with that?


JESS HARPER: Nothin’ Daisy. Nothin’ at all.



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