“A Sound of Bells”

Season:     2 episode 13

Series Episode:  44

Air Date: December 27, 1960

Laramie TV series starring John Smith and Robert Fuller

A Revue Studios production




Slim and Jess have unexpected guests on Christmas Eve.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith29Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller27Credited
Angel EstradaOutlawRoss Martin40Credited
Mrs LubellWidowed stage line passengerRachel Ames31Credited
Slate Gun runnerRobert Wilke46Credited
Jim Stagecoach driverBen Johnson42Credited
Rose Tom's wifeMara Corday30Credited
TomStage line passengerDick Foran50Credited
Black EagleSioux leaderCharles Horvath40Uncredited
Neil HunterPassengerKim Hector7Uncredited
JackSecond stagecoach driverUncredited



DirectorJoe Kane
WriterFred Freiberger
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundLyle Cain
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 script “A Sound of Bells” by Fred Freiberger 


(The stagecoach is getting ready to leave. SLIM SHERMAN closes the door of the coach. NEIL leans his head out of the coach window.)


NEIL: Bye, Slim. Bye, Jess.


JESS HARPER: So long, Tiger


SLIM SHERMAN: Bye bye, Neil. Take it away, Jack.


(The stagecoach leaves.)


JESS HARPER: Know Slim. I’m gonna miss that little guy. Kinda filled a place around here.


SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, me too, Jess. But with Mrs. Lubelle adoptin’ him and takin’ him up to San Francisco and all, well, it’s kinda nice knowing he’s goin’ to be alright. Lotta problems kinda worked themselves out pretty good.


(There is the sound of hooves hehind them. JESS HARPER looks back.)


JESS HARPER: There’s one left, it looks like.


ANGEL: Eh! Adios, senores. Hasta la vista. Merry Christmas and many thanks for your hospitality, huh? (Checking to see that his pistol is loaded.)


SLIM SHERMAN: You plannin’ on followin’ that stage?


ANGEL: Why do you ask?


SLIM SHERMAN: The gold’s on it.


ANGEL: Si. So it is. Heh, Heh, Heh, Heh! Forgot all about that.


JESS HARPER: I’ll bet you did.


ANGEL: No, it doesn’t seem important any more. What am I saying? Does that make sense?


JESS HARPER: Today it does.


ANGEL: Si? Today it does. (Raises his arm as to wave) Adios amigos!


JESS HARPER: Hasta la vista.




(ANGEL rides off in the opposite direction from the stagecoach.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Well Jess, I’m sure glad every Christmas isn’t like this one.


JESS HARPER: Yeah. I know what you mean. Gettin’ so a man can hardly live through ’em.


(SLIM SHERMAN and JESS HARPER turn to go back into the ranch house. JESS HARPER claps SLIM SHERMAN on the back.)



Geographical References

Galveston, Texas, United States of America

San Francisco, California, United States of America

Tennessee, United States of America







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