“The Replacement”

Season:     3 episode 25
Series Episode:  89
Air Date: March 27, 1962
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



Jess has a problem with the new deputy sheriff, a man from a past buried deep.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith31Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller28Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
MikeOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
Sheriff Mort CoryLaramie sheriffStuart Randall52Credited
Johnny DuncanFormer prisoner of warL. Q. Jones31Credited
Knute DuncanJohnny Duncan's brother/Former prisoner of warChuck Courtney31Credited
Paul Halleck Laramie deputy sheriff/Former military prison commanderRichard Coogan47Credited
Sharon HallleckPaul Halleck's daughterRoberta Shore18Credited
HarrisonFormer prisoner of warTru GarrettCredited
RawlinsLaramie councilmanJohn Harmon56Credited
Mose ShellStagecoach driverEddy Waller71Credited
Sam Laramie bartenderWilliam Fawcett67Credited
Laramie mayorAddison Richards59Credited
McDerrmottFormer prisoner of warUncredited
Bramley boyMentioned



DirectorLesley Selander
WriterRichard Newman
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorAlexander A. Mayer
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Editorial Color ConsultantAlex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundLyle Cain
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 DirectorFrank Fox
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on “The Replacement,” a script by Richard Newman


(PAUL HALLECK gets up into the seat of a Conestoga wagon in the Sherman ranch yard. SHARON HALLECK and JESS HARPER are near the front kitchen door. SLIM SHERMAN and MORT CORY are standing near the Conestoga wagon.)


MORT CORY: Laramie can still use a good deputy.


PAUL HALLECK: Well, thanks, but I, I didn’t outfit this wagon for a thousand miles to settle for a shorter trip.


(JESS HARPER and SHARON HALLECK are walking behind the Conestoga wagon to the opposite side.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Hey, still got your heart set on going to Oregon, huh?


PAUL HALLECK: We both have.


JESS HARPER: Now you be sure‘n write when get there, huh?


SHARON HALLECK: That a promise. (Kisses JESS HARPER on the cheek and he helps her get up into the wagon)


PAUL HALLECK: Bye, Jess. Mort. Slim.


MORT CORY: So long.


SLIM SHERMAN: Have a nice trip. Bye.


(SHARON and PAUL HALLECK drive off.)


JESS HARPER: I was kinda hopin’ it’d work out like this.


MORT CORY: Yeah, me too.


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, Mort, ’bout hirin’ that new deputy. The folks in town seem to think they’ve got all the sheriff they want.




JESS HARPER: Yeah.  They got a petition. (Gets a paper out of his pocket and unfolds it.) Signed by everybody in town that could write. Includin’ the mayor.


MORT CORY: (Reads the paper) Well there sure are a lot of names on here. I don’t know what to say. ‘Cept…


SLIM SHERMAN: Except what?


MORT CORY: Seems to me there’s a couple a names missing.


SLIM SHERMAN: Oh, you mean Jess and me. Well, we thought it’d be kinda funny…


MORT CORY: Never mind what you thought. Sign. (Hands JESS HARPER the paper and pen) Right here. (Taps his shoulder and offers it as a writing desk)


JESS HARPER: (Signs the paper)


MORT CORY: I may be replaced someday but it’s not gonna be by either one o’ you. (Laughs)


SLIM SHERMAN: (Signs the paper)



Historical Reference

7th Michigan


Geographic Reference

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America


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