“The Dynamiters”


Season:     3 episode 22
Series Episode:  86
Air Date: March 6, 1962
Laramie TV series
A Revue Studios production



Fifty thousand dollars present an explosive situation for Jess.


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
Dave BoydOutlawMark AndrewsCredited
Katie CurtisSaloon girlPamela Curran32Credited
Dan GarnesDeputy U.S. MarshalMyron Healey38Credited
Peter HoddingSarah Hodding's sonStephen BarringerCredited
Sarah HoddingWidowJean Allison32Credited
Bob MurklandOutlawRussell Johnson37Credited
NeelyDeputy U. S. Marshal
George Orrison32Credited
Jim TenneyU.S. MarshalRobert Bray44Credited
Bundy WilcoxLaramie bank presidentWillis Bouchey54Credited
Laramie freight agentNorman Leavitt48Credited
J. HarleyLaramie barberUncredited
BurtDeputy U.S. MarshalUncredited
Mort CoryLaramie sheriffMentioned
Willard Smith Laramie storekeeperMentioned



DirectorLesley Selander
TeleplayRon Bishop
StoryDan Ullman
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorLawrence Gandy
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
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, 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 DirectorCarter DeHaven, III
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on the teleplay by Ron Bishop and story by  Dan Ullman


(SARAH HODDING, DAISY, PETER HODDING, JESS and MIKE come out of the Sherman ranch house onto the front porch.)


SARAH HODDING: It was very nice of you to share your Sunday supper with us, Mrs. Cooper.


DAISY: Oh, we enjoyed having you. I hope you and Peter will have a safe trip. Write to us soon.


SARAH HODDING: Thank you. We will.


JESS: I wish you’d listen, Sarah. Oregon’s a long was off with the little you’ve got to go on.


SARAH HODDING: I know, Jess. I suppose we’re foolish but, we’ve talked it over.


PETER HODDING: We figure’d we couldn’t go back to the cabin to stay. So what it amounts to, Jess.


JESS: I reckon I understand.


SARAH HODDING: Jess, our wagon is gone!


JESS: Well, so it is.


SARAH HODDING: Well, our wagon. That’s all we have in the world, Jess. (Starts off the porch)


(DAISY catches SARAH HODDING and JESS takes hold of SARAH HODDING’s arm.)


JESS: I wouldn’t say that, Sarah.


(DAISY, JESS and SARAH HODDING look the opposite direction as they hear the sound of an approaching Conestoga wagon. SLIM is driving and JIM TENNEY is aboard.)


Slim: Whoa. (Steps down on the horse’s back quarters) Easy boy.


SARAH HODDING: I don’t understand.


Slim: Well, the, ah, new wagon was Marshall Tenney’s idea. And….Well, Jess and I talked to the stage line into donatin’ those horses.




JIM TENNEY: Well ma’am, if that money hadn’t been recovered I’d be back to skinnin’ mules.


DAISY: And Sarah, besides all your personal belongings in there, there’s everything you could possibly want on the trip.


MIKE: Includin’ a dog for Pete. (HOUND barks.)


JESS: Plus a thousand dollar reward. (Hands SARAH HODDING an envelope)


SARAH HODDING: Wha’. .. Oh, Jess, you were the one that…


JIM TENNEY: Now Jess tells it different. If it hadn’t been for your son here, Murkland might never have been taken. We’re real proud a’ you, boy.


SARAH HODDING: (Looks around) Oh, I don’t know what to say.


JESS: Well, there’s nothin’ left to say, ‘cept goodbye. If it sounds like we’re hurryin’ you a little, we are. See there’s a wagon train coming to the forks in a couple minutes. We arranged for you to go along with ’em.


(SARAH HODDING impulsively grabs JESS by the cheeks and kisses him soundly. HOUND barks. SLIM claps JESS on the back. PETER and SARAH HODDING get into the wagon. They leave, with PETER HODDING and the dog watching from the back. PETER HODDING waves and JIM TENNEY, SLIM, JESS, DAISY and MIKE wave back.)




Historical Reference

Lincoln County Wars


Geographic References

Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory

Laramie, Wyoming Territory


Denver, Colorado

Prescott, Arizona Territory


Musical Reference

Tenting on the Old Camp Ground



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