“The Fatal Step”
Season: 3 episode 5
Series Episode: 69
Air Date: October 24, 1961
Laramie TV series
A Revue Studios production
Sometimes it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad.
Cast & Crew Lists
|"Slim" Sherman||Owner - Sherman ranch and relay station||John Smith||30||Credited|
|Jess Harper||Sherman ranch hand||Robert Fuller||28||Credited|
|Daisy Cooper||Sherman housekeeper||Spring Byington||75||Credited|
|Mike Williams||Orphan||Dennis Holmes||11||Credited|
|Mr. Burch||Billy's father/Superintendant of the Overland stage line||Raymond Bailey||57||Credited|
|Mort Cory||Laramie sheriff||Stuart Randall||52||Credited|
|Wes Darrin||Outlaw||Dennis Patrick||43||Credited|
|Gil Fletcher||Billing's marshal||Robert Wilke||47||Credited|
|Tad Kimball||Outlaw||Gary Clarke||28||Credited|
|Mose Shell||Stagecoach driver||Eddy Waller||71||Credited|
|Francie||Billing's saloon girl||Allison Hayes||31||Credited|
|Laramie doctor||Raymond Greenleaf||69||Credited|
|Billing's postmaster||Harry Harvey, Sr.||60||Credited|
|Billing's hotel clerk||Olan Soule||52||Credited|
|Billing's bartender||David McMahon||50||Credited|
|Billy Burch||Stage line passenger||Uncredited|
|Laramie deputies (2)||Uncredited|
|Stage line passenger||Pat O'Malley||71||Uncredited|
|Stage line passengers (2)||Uncredited|
|Mary Anderson||Tad Kimball's fiancee||Mentioned|
|Laramie Theme||Cyril J. Mockridge|
|Music Score||Cyril Mockridge|
|Director of Photography||Ray Rennahan, A. S. C.|
|Associate Producer||Dan Ullman|
|Art Director||Lloyd S. Papez|
|Editorial Dept. Head/Supervisor||David J. O'Connell|
|Editorial Color Consultant||Alex Quiroga|
|Color Processing by||Consolidated Film Industries|
|Film Editor||Ray C. de Vally|
|Musical Supervision||Stanley Wilson|
|Sound||Earl Crain, Jr.|
|Makeup Artist||Jack Barron|
|Hair Stylist||Florence Bush|
|Costume & Wardrobe||Vincent Dee|
|Series Stuntmen||Paul 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 Director||Carter De Haven, III|
|Set Decoration||John McCarthy & Perry Murdock|
Epilogue – based on the teleplay by Paul Savage & story by John C. Champion
(DAISY is in the Sherman ranch house kitchen. JESS and SLIM are sitting at the table in the front room, drinking coffee. MIKE is standing next to JESS.)
MIKE: But, how long did they keep ya in jail.?
JESS: Too long, Mike. Ah, just a couple hours. Seemed like days though.
(DAISY slowly walks from the kitchen to stand behind MIKE.)
SLIM: See, we had to convince the folks in Billings that we didn’t wound the marshall just because we didn’t like him. That took some doin’, believe me. I don’t think we coulda done it without Tad Kimbal’s help.
JESS: Yeah, that’s right. And he made a full confession. Townspeople believed him. They hadn’ta…(Fingers his neck) they’da had quite a necktie party.
MIKE: A necktie party? You mean everybody was going to get all dressed up? How come?
SLIM: Not exactly Mike. Ya’ see a necktie…
DAISY: Ah, that is what you meant, wasn’t it? You don’t have any objection to wearing a necktie, do you? (Throws a sideways glance at MIKE)
JESS: Oh, ah… No, Miss Daisy. Fact is, I got one around here someplace myself. Ah, ya see Mike, ah, those folks up in Montana, they… they dress up more than we do down here in Wyoming.
MIKE: Maybe they wanted to celebrate ’cause you straightened everything out.
DAISY: I’m sure that’s right.
SLIM: Necktie party. Now where did you ever pick up a crazy expression like that?
JESS: From you! Where else?
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