Trail Drive


Season:     1 episode 17

Series Episode:  17

Air Date: January 12, 1960

Laramie TV series

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
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 StuntmenPaul 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 DirectorJames Hogan (Jim Hogan)
Set DecorationWilliam Tapp


Epilogue – based on the 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: Listen to that rain. Sounds like it’s never going to stop.


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


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


SLIM: Well, didn’t Jonesy tell ya?


ANDY: Tell me what?


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


ANDY: Ya mean it?


SLIM: Sure do.


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


ANDY: Well, what’d ya know.


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


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


ANDY: 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: Well, I told Jess.


JESS: 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.)


SLIM and JESS: (Laugh)



Historical References

Wyoming Cattle Industry

Blackfoot Territory

Cherokee Trail


Geographical References

Calgary, Canada

Colorado Territory

Laramie, Wyoming Territory

Sweetwater Mining District



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