“The Tumbleweed Wagon”

Season:    2 episode 28

Series Episode: 59

Air Date: May 9, 1961

Laramie TV series starring John Smith and Robert Fuller

A Revue Studios production



Slim ends up in a tumbleweed wagon bound for Denver that may not make it.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith30Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller27 Credited
Charley Fox Outlaw leaderJack Elam39Credited
Johnson Water stop rancherTom London70Credited
Billy PoreOutlaw Jon Locke33Credited
Joe WarnerFarmerStevan Darrell56Credited
Morgan WarnerJoe Warner's sonRobert Crosson32Credited
Wataki Ben's wife/Shoshone womanIrene CalvilloCredited
Ben Mountain manHal Baylor42Credited
"Doc"Crooked dealerElisha Cook, Jr.57Credited
GusTumbleweed wagon
Bob Golden34Credited
HankTumbleweed wagon driverDick (Richard) Farnsworth40Credited
U.S. MarshalWalter Sande54Credited
U. S. MarshalChris Alcaide37Credited



DirectorLesley Selander
WriterRaphael Hayes
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreNathan Scott
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Film EditorRay C. de Vally
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundJohn W. Rixey
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 DirectorJames H. Brown
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on “The Tumbleweed Wagon,” a script by Raphael Hayes



(SLIM SHERMAN rides into the Sherman ranch yard and ties up at the hitching rail in front of the ranch house. JESS HARPER comes out of the front door of the ranch house.)


JESS HARPER: Welcome home, Mr. Sherman. You’re only a couple days late.


SLIM SHERMAN: Couldn’t help it, Jess.


JESS HARPER: You was detained. Is that it?


SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, I was detained.


JESS HARPER: While I been doing all the chores; gatherin’ up horses, changin’ teams, mending fences. Flocka other things that tire a man out.


SLIM SHERMAN: You look fine to me. All that work musta done ya good.


JESS HARPER: Just what was you detained by? Jail maybe? A gambler? A woman?


SLIM SHERMAN: All three.


JESS HARPER: Jail, a gambler and a woman?


SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, and the leader of an outlaw gang.


JESS HARPER: Slim, this ain’t funny. I been working like a dog around here. Next time there’s any stock to buy, I’ll go.


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, as long as you won’t believe it, Jess, I, I might as well own up to the truth. I met a red-headed gal up in Dagget. She’s the prettiest thing you ever did see.


JESS HARPER: I shoulda know’d. Why didn’t you just tell me that in the first place?


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, I shoulda know’d that I couldn’t put anything over on you. Come on inside… come on inside, I’ll tell you all about it.


(SLIM SHERMAN and JESS HARPER go into the ranch house.)



Historical Reference

Tumbleweed wagon


Geographic Reference

Dagget, United States of America

Denver, Colorado Territory, United States of America

Glenrock, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Horse Creek, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Pine Top, Wyoming Territory, United States of America







Pheasant under glass


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