The Sometimes Gambler
Season: 4 episode 24
Series Episode: 116
Air Date: March 19, 1963
Laramie TV series
A Revue Studios production
A man gambles that by going straight he can regain what he has lost.
Cast & Crew Lists
|"Slim" Sherman||Owner - Sherman ranch and relay station||John Smith||32||Credited|
|Jess Harper||Part owner - Sherman ranch and relay station||Robert Fuller||29||Credited|
|Daisy Cooper||Sherman housekeeper||Spring Byington||75||Credited|
|Mike Williams||Orphan||Dennis Holmes||12||Credited|
|Mort Cory||Laramie sheriff||Stuart Randall||53||Credited|
|Ives||Cheyenne marshal||Tru Garrett||Credited|
|Dr. Losk||Laramie doctor||Ed Prentiss||54||Credited|
|Irv Richards||Laramie stable worker||James Gregory||51||Credited|
|Mark Werner||Banker||Bartlett Robinson||50||Credited|
|Wilkerson||Outlaw leader||Michael Forest||33||Credited|
|Ellen||Irv Richard's daughter||Jacqueline Scott||31||Credited|
|Griffin "Griff"||Outlaw||Steve Warren||Credited|
|Boy with frog||Dennis Rush||10-11||Credtied|
|Irv Richard's grandson||Uncredited|
|Assistant to Producer||Rod Peterson|
|Laramie Theme||Cyril Mockridge|
|Director of Photography||Ray Rennahan, 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||John C. Fuller, 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, Hemet, 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||Frank Fox|
|Set Decoration||John McCarthy & Ralph Sylos|
Epilogue – based on the teleplay by Dick Nelson and story by Joyce Perry
(SLIM and JESS are throwing MIKE up in the air on a blanket in the Sherman ranch yard. All are laughing.)
SLIM: Higher? Up! Up!
DAISY: (Comes out of the house and runs over to them.) Slim! Jess! You stop! Stop this! Stop it I say! That’s enough. That is a fine way to air my blankets. (JESS and SLIM drop the blanket and Mike down to the ground.)
JESS: We were just getting the dust outta Mike, Daisy.
SLIM: Would ya like to be next?
DAISY: I suppose you think I couldn’t do it any more.
JESS: Daisy, is there somethin’ in your past you been keepin’ from us?
DAISY: Just don’t think you know everything about me, Jess Harper.
SLIM: (Looking down at Mike) What you got there, Tiger?
MIKE: (Sitting on the ground, fingering the blanket) Aw, nothin’. Just I haven’t seen this blanket in a long time. Since Daisy washed it.
JESS: Well, what’s so special about it, pardner?
MIKE: This is the blanket that was on Slim’s bed when Mr. Richard’s was here.(Shrugs) I sure feel sorry for him. Gettin’ dead and all after all he went through.
SLIM: I felt the same way, Mike, ’til I got to thinkin’ about it. Listen to this. (Sits down by MIKE) Suppose there was a bird that had to live in a cage ever since he was hatched and as long as he could remember, he wanted to fly. But he didn’t have the room. He hated that cage. And one day he got out. And he flew. He flew high and wide and saw everything he wanted to. Then one day he died. But the sure was happy. Now would you feel sorry for him?
MIKE: No, I guess not. ‘Cause I got to fly, too.
(SLIM tousles MIKE’s hair)
DAISY: Now, come, come.
MIKE and SLIM: (Get up from the ground)
DAISY: The only thing that is going to fly around here today is the dust out of my blankets. Now I suggest you get busy at them.
(SLIM and JESS cup the blanket between them.)
SLIM: Oh, Daisy?
DAISY: (Looks back at SLIM, JESS and the blanket.)
(SLIM moves the blanket towards DAISY.)
JESS: It’s your turn.
DAISY: What?… Now Slim.. No! No! (Scurries off) No, Jess! No, Jess!
JESS: Get ‘er, Slim!
(SLIM and JESS chase DAISY into the ranch house.)
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