“The Last Battleground”


Season:      4 episode 27
Series Episode: 119
Air Date: April 16, 1963
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studio production



Slim must find evidence as to his father’s complicity in the confederate theft of $60,000 in gold dust.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith32Credited
Jess HarperPart owner - Sherman ranch and relay stationRobert Fuller29Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington76Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes12Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Ned Billings Gold seeker Don Harvey51Credited
James CourtlandRancherFrank Overton45Credited
Mort CoryLaramie sheriffStuart Randall53Credited
Will CourtlandJames Courtland's sonDee Pollock25Credited
John EllisPlains Calvary majorJohn Hoyt57Credited
GibbsEllis' partnerRobert Knapp37Credited
HallEllis' partnerBrett King42Credited
Ben NolanPlains Calvary sergeantMarshall Reed45Credited
Mary Sherman Slim Sherman's motherMajorie Reynolds45Credited
Matt Sherman Slim Sherman's fatherJohn Smith32Uncredited
Al Frazer Laramie Gazette editorMentioned
Ben ShermanMatt Sherman's brotherMentioned



DirectorLesley Selander
WriterRod Peterson
ProducerJohn Champion
Assistant to ProducerRod Peterson
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorRussell Kimball
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
SoundEarl Crane, 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 DirectorBen Bishop
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Ralph Sylos



Epilogue – based on “The Last Battleground,” a script by Rod Peterson


(SLIM SHERMAN, JESS HARPER, and DAISY COOPER are standing in the Sherman ranch house front room, in front of the fireplace. Slim’s mother’s picture is on the mantle.)


DAISY COOPER: I love that picture of your Mother, Slim. I’m so glad you found it.


JESS HARPER: What’d they say at Fort Sanders when you brough Ellis in?


SLIM SHERMAN: That he’d get what’s comin’ to him. He’s been using his army rank to cheat people for a long time.


DAISY COOPER: And what about that nice Mr. Courtland?


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, the colonel feels that the War Department will restore his army rank and make a public appology for their treatment of him. And…there just might be a special commendation for a man named Matt Sherman. Maybe even a medal.


DAISY COOPER: Oh, that’s wonderful. Aren’t you proud?


(The clatter of pots and pans eminate from the kitchen. JESS HARPER, SLIM SHERMAN and DAISY COOPER run into the kitchen to find MIKE WILLIAMS on the floor, surrounded by pots and pans.)


DAISY COOPER: Mike, what on earth are you doing?


SLIM SHERMAN: What are you up to,Tiger? (Lifts MIKE WILLIAMS up)


JESS HARPER: You going on a shivaree or something?


MIKE SHERMAN: Heck no. Slim said he’d take me hunting up to that Summit Pass sometime.


DAISY COOPER: Well you’re not going to take all my pots and pans are you?


MIKE WILLIAMS: Not all of them. Just this one. I’ll leave the hunting to Slim.  I’ll be panning for gold dust. Sixty thousand dollars worth.


SLIM SHERMAN: Oh you will, huh? (Places a pot over MIKE WILLIAM’s head.)


(JESS HARPER and SLIM SHERMAN pound with wooden spoons on the top of the pot while MIKE WILLIAMS yells.)



Historic Reference

Fort Sanders


Geographic Reference

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Summit Pass, Wyoming Territory, United States of America



Fried chicken


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