“The Renegade Brand”

Season:      4 episode 21
Series Episode: 113
Air Date: February 26, 1963
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



Mothering should never be smothering.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith31Credited
Jess HarperPart owner - Sherman ranch and relay stationRobert Fuller29Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes12Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
"Doc" A. L. Collyer. M.D.DoctorRuss Whiteman51Credited
CollinsMcGovern ranch handHal Needhan32Credited
EndersMcGovern ranch handDavid Perna27Credited
FrazerOverland Express Stage line agentRoy Barcroft60Credited
Jim Lassel McGovern ranch foremanEdward Kemmer31Credited
Ellen McGovernRancherJeanette Nolan51Credited
Hank McGovernEllen McGovern's sonJerry Summers32Credited
Laurie McGovernEllen McGovern's daughterLory Patrick24Credited
PageOutlawKevin Hagen34Credited
SprockMcGovern ranch handJohn Day (Daheim)46Credited
Lafe TulmanSheriffWilliam Bramley34Credited
Tyndall OutlawKen Lynch52Credited
OpieTownsmanPercy Helton72Credited
BlacksmithGregg Barton50Credited
CustomerRush Williams39Credited
BartenderTed Fish43Credited
TownsmanTownsmanVictor Adamson73Uncredited
Mort CoryLaramie sheriffMentioned
Adam McGovernEllen McGovern's husbandMentioned
Doc PhillipsLaramie doctorMentioned



DirectorLesley Selander
WriterPaul Savage
ProducerJohn Champion
Assistant to ProducerRod Peterson
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDaniel 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, Sr.
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 DirectorWallace Worsley, Jr.
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Ralph Sylos



Epilogue – based on “The Renegade Brand,” a script by Paul Savage


(MIKE WILLIAMS, DAISY COOPER, JESS HARPER and DAISY COOPER are in the front room of the Sherman ranch house with a crate of puppies.)


MIKE WILLIAMS: (Pulling a single puppy from the crate of puppies) This is the one I want to give Mr. Frazer. Think he’ll like him?


DAISY COOPER: I’m sure he will.


JESS HARPER: Sure. Now that Mr. Frazer is feeling better he’ll need some good company.


MIKE WILLIAMS: Think his mom will miss him?


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, I don’t think so, Tiger. At times animals are a lot smarter than people.


MIKE WILLIAMS: Well, how do you mean?


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, people sometimes try to hang onto things too hard. Love somebody else so much that it actually smothers the one they really care about.


MIKE WILLIAMS: I don’t see how love could smother anybody.


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, it doesn’t usually. But while I was away I saw it happen to a family. The mother did it to her son.


MIKE WILLIAMS: D’ya think it could happen to me? I mean getting smothered.


JESS HARPER: Oh, I wouldn’t worry about that, Tiger. When you’re ready you’re going to be pushed out of the nest so fast you won’t know what happened.


SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, and the way you’re growing that’s going to be sooner than you realize.


DAISY COOPER: Now you hush, both of you. He’s just a little boy.


MIKE WILLIAMS: Oh, that’s OK, Aunt Daisy. I’m not worried. I figure by the time I’m grown up, I’ll have to stay around here to take care of Slim and Jess in their old age.




SLIM SHERMAN: (Looks at JESS HARPER) Are we going to take that, pard?


JESS HARPER: I don’t know. Do you reckon we can both handle him? Get ‘im Slim!


(SLIM SHERMAN and JESS HARPER catch MIKE WILLIAMS, hoist him up and carry him around the room amid barking from the dogs.)








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