Trial by Fire


Season:     3 episode 27
Series Episode:  91
Air Date: April 10, 1962
Laramie TV series
A Revue Studios production



More than the hills are on fire when Lars’ mail-order bride arrives.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith31Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller28Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Lars CarlsonWidower/FarmerKarl Swenson53Credited
Zoe Carter (alias Sarah Deats)Former saloon girlCloris Leachman35Credited
Hank EmoryZoe Carter's former boyfriend/Ex-convictJason Ever40Credited
GarthLars Carlson's stepsonJan Merlin53Credited
Sarah Deats Mail order brideMentioned



DirectorJoe Kane
WriterGeorge Slavin
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril 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 EditorRay C. de Vally, 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, 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 DirectorRay Taylor, Jr.
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy Jr & Robert C. Bradfield



Epilogue – based on a script by George Slavin


(DAISY is sitting in front of the fireplace reading the newspaper. MIKE is popping popcorn in the fireplace. JESS is lying on the floor behind DAISY and MIKE. SLIM is sitting on the chaise lounge with the DOG lying at his feet.)


DAISY: Oh my! (Reads from the newspaper) “Damage from the blaze has been estimated at ten thousand dollars. Credit for checking the flames goes to a number of local ranchers who fought for three days before bringing the fire under control.”


MIKE: Hey, that’s us! We’re the local ranchers.


(The DOG gets up and goes over to JESS. The dog licks JESS’ face and nuzzles his bandaged arm.)


JESS: Hey girl, what ya’ doin’ huh? (Pause) Hey, Mike! Your popcorn’s on fire. (Laughs)


(Burning corn jumps out of the wire cage and MIKE jumps back to DAISY, spilling more of the burning popcorn on the floor.)




(SLIM jumps up and stomps out the burning kernels.)


MIKE : Gee, Slim, I’m sorry.


SLIM: (Kneels in front of MIKE ) Well, it’s sure a good thing you weren’t on that fireline. The whole Wyoming territory would have gone up in smoke.




Geographic References

Kansas City, Missouri

Laramie, Wyoming Territory

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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