“The Protectors”


Season:      1 episode 27

Series Episode:   27

Air Date:  March 22, 1960

Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Hoagy Carmichael, Robert Crawford, Jr. and Robert Fuller

A Revue Studio production



Jess and Slim find themselves caught between the homesteaders and ranchers, and the bullets are flying.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith29Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller26Credited
Andy ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationRobert Crawford, Jr.15Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Roy AllenLaramie nesterWilliam Phipps38Credited
Gilman "Gil" Craig Leader of the homesteadersVince Edwards31Credited
Ben GreerLaramie rancherTed de Corsai54Credited
Celie RawlinsLuke Rawlin's wife/Craig Allen's paramourMari Aldon31Credited
Luke RawlinsLaramie rancherHerbert Rudley50Credited
Sam WillardHired gun leaderRobert Bray42Credited
Train conductorBobby HallCredited
Laramie sheriffBaynes Barron42Credited
Hedy Allen Roy Allen's wifeUncredited
Richards Gilman Craig's employeeUncredited
BaileyLaramie RancherUncredited
BenCraig Allen's employeeUncredited
Laramie rancherJack Perrin63Uncredited
Laramie rancherPaul Kruger64Uncredited
Laramie rancherEdwin Rochelle53Uncredited
Rawlins' ranch handRod McGaughy37Uncredited
Rawlins' ranch handChick Sheridan58Uncredited
John Wesley HardinHired gun Mentioned
Cole YoungerHired gun Mentioned
Santa AnnaEx-president of MexicoMentioned



DirectorLesley Selander
TeleplayDonn Mullally & Lee Erwin
StoryOliver Drake & Al Martin
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Music ScoreAlbert Sendrey
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorRichard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Film EditorRay de Vally
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundJoe Lapis
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 DirectorGeorge Bisk
Set DecorationPerry Murdock


Epilogue – based on “The Protectors,” a teleplay by Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin and story by Oliver Drake & Al Martin


(ANDY SHERMAN, JESS HARPER, and SLIM SHERMAN are in the front room of the Sherman ranch house. ANDY SHERMAN is writing a letter at the table, SLIM SHERMAN is reading, and JESS HARPER is resting on a chair in front of the fireplace.)


ANDY SHERMAN: Jess, how do you spell “sodbuster?




SLIM SHERMAN: No, Jess, it’s two words. You know, with that thing-a-ma-jig in the middle.


JESS HARPER: You mean a hypher.


ANDY SHERMAN: No. That’s a cow.


JESS HARPER: No, a heifer’s a cow.


ANDY SHERMAN: Well, that’s what I just said.


JESS HARPER: Well, isn’t a hypher somethin’ different?


SLIM SHERMAN: It sure is, and the word’s hyphen. Pick another word, Andy.


ANDY SHERMAN: Well you told me I couldn’t use “nester.” Now the trouble’s all settled, said it wasn’t right.




ANDY SHERMAN: So, I gotta call ’em something. How else will Jonesy know that I’m talking about?


SLIM SHERMAN: There’s a lot of things you can call ’em. Like, umm…use sodbuster.


ANDY SHERMAN: Sure: How do you spell it?


JESS HARPER: I forget.


ANDY SHERMAN: (Slams pencil down on top of the paper) Writin’ letters is too hard. Guess I’ll wait till Jonesy gets back and tell him about it. (Tears off the letter.)



Historical References

JohnWesley Hardin

Antonio López de Santa Anna

Cole Younger

Union Pacific

Range War


Geographic References

Boulder Creek, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Denver, Colorado Territory, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

North Pass








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