“War Hero”


Season:    4 episode 2
Series Episode: 94
Air Date: October 2, 1962
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



Campaigning for the presidency and running a war campaign turn out to have a lot of similarities when Slim’s former commanding officer arrives at the relay station.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith31Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller29Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
General George BartonPresidential candidateLloyd Nolan60Credited
Lucy BartonGeorge Barton's daughterJoanna Barnes29Credited
HainesParty representativeFrancis DeSales50Credited
Harry JasonHired gunK. L. Smith39Credited
Obie LoomisHired gunMort Mills43Credited
Quinn LoomisHired gunDarrell HoweCredited
MarleyParty representativeMaurice Manson49Credited
Jeremy ThorneGeneral Barton's campaign managerHerbert Rudley52Credited
WintersPlains Cavalry captainKeith Richards47Credited
CarruthersPlains Cavalry sergeantBoyd "Red" Morgan46Uncredited
BenStagecoach driverUncredited



DirectorLesley Selander
WriterSam Ross
ProducerJohn Champion
Assistant to ProducerRod Peterson
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorRussell Kimball
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Editorial Color ConsultantAlex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
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, 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 DirectorFrank Losee
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Ralph Sylos



Epilogue – based on the script “War Hero” by Sam Ross


(JESS HARPER is hitching a horse to a carriage in the Sherman ranch yard. MIKE WILLIAMS is sitting on a horse held by GEORGE BARTON. SERGEANT CARRUTHERS and CAPTAIN WINTERS are waiting on their horses behind the carriage.)


GEORGE BARTON: Now Mike, you be a good boy.




(GEORGE BARTON releases MIKE WILIAM’s horse and climbs onto the carriage. LUCY BARTON, SLIM SHERMAN, and DAISY COOPER come out of the house. SLIM SHERMAN  and GEORGE BARTON help LUCY BARTON up into the carriage.)


GEORGE BARTON: There ya are.




GEORGE BARTON: Thanks. You know folks, I dislike making speeches all the time. but I can’t leave without telling you what these last few days have meant to Lucy and to me. We don’t exactly know where we’re headed, but this time we’re goin’ together. you know in all honesty, saying what we’re believin’ and believin’ what we’re saying. We wouldn’t be leaving without your help. Matter of fact (chortles), without the help of Jess and Slim, here, I wouldn’t be headed any place.


JESS HARPER: Well, we all wanta wish you a lot of luck, General.




DAISY COOPER: There are three votes for you in Laramie you can always count on.


MIKE WILLIAMS: Three and a half!


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, we better ride if we’re goin’ to make that big welcome they got planned for you in town.


LUCY BARTON: I think they’ll wait for the General, Slim. Don’t rush him.


GEORGE BARTON: Now that’s the kind of talk I like to hear. (Pats LUCY BARTON’s shoulder.) Come on Slim, let’s get goin’ while I’m still ahead, huh?


(JESS HARPER pats SLIM SHERMAN on the back.)


SLIM SHERMAN: (Walks over to MIKE WILLIAMS and takes him off the horse) OK, Tiger. (Mounts and leads the group out of the ranch yard.)






Historical Reference

Ulysses S. Grant


Geographic References

Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Washington, D. C., United States of America


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