“Trail Drive”


Season:     1 episode 17

Series Episode:  17

Air Date: January 12, 1960

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

A Revue Studios production



Two years of drought and the suspension of the stage line’s Laramie route leaves Slim little choice but to merge his herd with Hake Ballard’s trail drive. There’s more going on there than meets the eye.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith28Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller26Credited
"Jonesy"Sherman foremanHoagy Carmichael70Credited
Andy ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationRobert Crawford, Jr.15Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Hake Ballard Flint City trail bossJim Davis50Credited
Jim FraiserStageline manWillis Bouchey52Credited
Martin Ballard's ramrodDon Harvey48Credited
Jake TylerDouble D sequendoRuss Conway46Credited
Bill Calgory trail bossDick Cutting47Credited
Laramie deputy sheriffFred Coby43Credited
Dave DeVallen Owner of the Double D in Colorado TerritoryUncredited
JohnsonBallard droverUncredited
Quanta Blackfeet chiefUncredited
JimLaramie townsmanUncredited
FritzLaramie townsmanUncredited
Buck DroverUncredited
Mose Stagecoach driverUncredited
MimiLaramie cafe ownerUncredited
Double D ranch handChick Hannan 59Uncredited
Double D ranch handHenry Wills38Uncredited
TownsmanPhil Schumacher50Uncredited
EllaSlim and Andy Sherman's auntMenitoned
Laramie blacksmithMentioned



DirectorPaul Landres
Writer Samuel A. Peebles & John C. Champion
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Music ScoreAlbert Sendry
Director of PhotographyWilliam A. Sickner A.S.C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorRichard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundEarl Crain, Jr
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, Hal Needham, George Orrison, Allen Pinson, Chuck Roberson, Ronnie Rondell Jr., Dean Smith, Tom Steele, Boyd Stockman, Jerry Summers, Jesse Wayne, Jack Williams
Note: Robert Fuller often performed his own stunts in the series.
Assistant DirectorJames Hogan (Jim Hogan)
Set DecorationWilliam Tapp


Epilogue – based on the “Trail Drive” script by Samuel A. Peebles & John C. Champion


(It is a dark and stormy night. JESS is looking out the front window of the Sherman ranch house. ANDY is sitting in the chair in front of the fire and SLIM stands anchored at the fireplace, one foot on the hearth and his elbow on the mantle.)


JESS HARPER: Listen to that rain. Sounds like it’s never going to stop.


SLIM SHERMAN: That’s the music I’ve been waitin’ to hear. That means plenty of grass for next season and boomin’ business for everybody.


ANDY SHERMAN: S’cept us. What’s the use of a relay station unless you got a stageline going through?


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, didn’t Jonesy tell ya?


ANDY SHERMAN: Tell me what?


SLIM SHERMAN: The Overland Company. They’re putting the stageline back on into Laramie, startin’ next week.


ANDY SHERMAN: Ya mean it?




JESS HARPER: Yeah, it’s the truth Andy. I read the letter myself. No mistakes.


ANDY SHERMAN: Well, what’d ya know.


JONESY: (Comes out of the kitchen with a roast.) Ah, ha!


(Rain drops into JONESY’s eye. ANDY SHERMAN takes the platter. JONESY grabs a saucepan.)


ANDY SHERMAN: Jonesy, why didn’t ya tell me ’bout the stageline?


JONESY: Musta slipped my mind. (Holds saucepan to catch the drips.) Slim, I told ya.


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, I told Jess.


JESS HARPER:  Yeah, well I told (points at JONESY)


JONESY: Yeah, I might a known. Jonesy will fix it. (Rain plinks into saucepan. JONESY looks at it, disapprovingly.)





Historical References

Wyoming Cattle Industry

Blackfoot Territory

Cherokee Trail (Map)


Geographical References

Calgary, Canada

Colorado Territory, United States of America

Flint City, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Sweetwater Mining District, Wyoming Territory, United States of America




Blueberry biscuits



Beef roast

Beefsteak stew





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