“The Long Road Back”


Season:    4 episode 5
Series Episode: 97
Air Date: October 23, 1962
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studio production



Slim lets his guard down at the wrong time while taking a prisoner back to Laramie.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith31Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington76Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes12Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
Cletus McBainProspectorEdgar Buchanan59Credited
Jinny MaloneVirg Walker's girlfriendYvonne Craig25Credited
Steger OutlawSaul Gorss54Credited
Duke Walker Virg Walker's brother/OutlawGregg Palmer35Credited
Virg Walker OutlawJames McMullan26Credited
BartenderRobert Adler56Credited
Gladys Cletus McBain's muleUncredited



DirectorLesley Selander
TeleplayAlbert Aley
StoryJohn Champion
ProducerJohn Champion
Assistant to ProducerRod Peterson
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyBenjamin H. Kline, 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 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, 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 Long Road Back,” a teleplay by Albert Aley and story by John C. Champion


(SLIM SHERMAN is leaning against the hitching rail in front of the Sherman ranch house, reading a letter.)


DAISY COOPER: (Comes out the front door of the ranch house) Did the stage bring any mail?


SLIM SHERMAN: Umhmm! (Holds out a different letter to DAISY COOPER)


DAISY COOPER: Ah, thanks. Oh, good, that Christmas cover pattern that I’ve been waiting for.


(SLIM SHERMAN grins and laughs as he reads the letter.)


DAISY COOPER: (Teasingly) Well, that must be from a girl, the way you’re enjoying it.


SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah. Jinny Malone. She writes just the way she talks. Doesn’t use one word when ten will do.


DAISY COOPER: (Laughs) What happened about Virg?


SLIM SHERMAN: Got off easy. Yeah, she says that the judge gave him one year probation. He and Jinny are gettin’ married next month.


DAISY COOPER: Ah, that’s nice.


(MIKE WILLIAMS appears at the corner of the ranch house, pulling GLADYS. CLETUS MCBAIN follows.)


MIKE WILLIAMS: Get up there. Get up you ole mule. Get.


CLETUS MCBAIN: Now, now Mike. That ain’t no way to talk to handle a lady. Ya gotta sweet talk ’em. Like this. (Whispers in the GLADYS’ ear.)


(GLADYS begins to follow MIKE WILLIAMS in a sidewise pattern, protesting. DAISY COOPER and SLIM SHERMAN grin at each other and walk over to MIKE WILLIAMS and CLETUS MCBAIN.)


SLIM SHERMAN: What’s goin’ on, Cletus? Looks like ya got Gladys all packed up.


CLETUS MCBAIN: Oh, gotta get movin’ Slim. That mountain’s still out there. I ain’ta goin’ ta find it gettin’ fat on your vittles.


DAISY COOPER: (Laughs and hands CLETUS MCBAIN a large bag.) Well here, take this with you. You may get hungry on the trail.


CLETUS MCBAIN: Well thank you kindly, ma’am. Well Slim, thanks for puttin’ me up.


SLIM SHERMAN: Glad to have ya, Cletus.


CLETUS MCBAIN: Be seein’ ya. So long, boy. You be good.


MIKE WILIAMS: You bring me back a piece of your mountain.


CLETUS MCBAIN: I sure will.


SLIM SHERMAN: Good luck.


GLADYS: (Braying)


CLETUS MCBAIN: Come on. Gladys. Get movin’.


MIKE WILLIAMS: Sweet talk ‘er, Cletus.


(CLETUS MCBAIN whispers in GLADYS’ ear and she follows obediently behind him.)


MIKE WILLIAMS: So, what did ya say to her?


CLETUS MCBAIN: You really want a know?




CLETUS MCBAIN: I said, “You get movin’ or I’ll boot ya right outta your flea-bitten hide.”


(SLIM SHERMAN, MIKE  WILLIAMS and DAISY COOPER laugh and wave goodbye.)




(CLETUS MCBAIN waves as he leaves.)


Geographic Reference

Cedar Bend, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory

Miller’s Crossing, Wyoming Territory


Sources: Laramie episodes (written, spoken and credits), Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and individual observation
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