“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
|"Slim" Sherman||Owner - Sherman ranch and relay station||John Smith||31||Credited|
|Daisy Cooper||Sherman housekeeper||Spring Byington||76||Credited|
|Mike Williams||Orphan||Dennis Holmes||12||Credited|
|Cletus McBain||Prospector||Edgar Buchanan||59||Credited|
|Jinny Malone||Virg Walker's girlfriend||Yvonne Craig||25||Credited|
|Duke Walker||Virg Walker's brother/Outlaw||Gregg Palmer||35||Credited|
|Virg Walker||Outlaw||James McMullan||26||Credited|
|Gladys||Cletus McBain's mule||Uncredited|
|Assistant to Producer||Rod Peterson|
|Laramie Theme||Cyril Mockridge|
|Director of Photography||Benjamin H. Kline, A.S.C.|
|Associate Producer||Dan Ullman|
|Art Director||Russell Kimball|
|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, A. C. E.|
|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||Ben Bishop|
|Set Decoration||John 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.
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?
MIKE WILLIAMS: Yeah!
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.)
SLIM SHERMAN: Goodbye.
(CLETUS MCBAIN waves as he leaves.)
Cedar Bend, Wyoming Territory, United States of America
Sources: Laramie episodes (written, spoken and credits), Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and individual observation
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