“Bare Knuckles”

Season:     1 episode 13

Series Episode:  13

Air Date: December 8, 1959

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

A Revue Studios production



The mortgage is due and Slim does not have the money. Sell breed stock, dig for gold, fight in a prize ring? What’s a fella to do?


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
Brad Holvy Mulligan's managerWally Brown55Credited
"Cowboy" Hill FighterHal Baylor40Credited
"Terrible" Terry Mulligan "World's Heavyweight Champion"Don Megowan37Credited
Mose ShellStagecoach driverEddy Waller70Credited
Fight spectator with mother-in-law in BuckeyeHarry Wilson62Credited
Bartender/Fight Announcer and Referee - War BonnetWar Bonnet bartender/fight refereeCharles Tannen44Credited
War Bonnet singing prospectorJohn Mitchum50Credited
Keith CollinsLaramie Deputy SheriffUncredited
Jenkins Laramie blacksmithUncredited
TimekeeperHank Mann72Uncredited
TownsmanCharles Morton51Uncredited
Rusty Mulligan's carriage driverUncredited
First piano playerJack Perry64Uncredited
Fight spectatorGeorge Bell61Uncredited
Fight spectatorOscar Blank61Uncredited
Fight spectatorBill Borzage23Uncredited
Fight spectatorSpencer Chan67Uncredited
Fight spectatorRussell Custer70Uncredited
Fight spectatorJames Dime61Uncredited
Fight spectatorArt Felix58Uncredited
Fight spectatorH. W. Gim51Uncredited
Fight spectatorHerman Hack60Uncredited
Fight spectatorTex Holden51Uncredited
Fight spectatorRay Jones59Uncredited
Fight spectatorJack Kenny63Uncredited
Fight spectatorFrank Mills68Uncredited
Fight spectatorErnesto Molinari57Uncredited
Fight spectatorJack Perrin63Uncredited
Fight spectator"Snub" Pollard70Uncredited
Fight spectatorBuddy Roosevelt61Uncredited
Fight spectatorSam Savitsky78Uncredited
Fight spectatorTom Smith67Uncredited
Fight spectatorEarl Spainard47Uncredited
Fight spectatorMilan Smith61Uncredited
Fight spectatorBill Williams44Uncredited
Fight spectatorChalky Williams52Uncredited



DirectorEarl Bellamy
Writer Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Music ScoreHenri Rene
Director of PhotographyBenjamin H. Kline A.S.C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorRichard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundDavid H. Moriarity
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, 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 DirectorCharles S. Gould
Set DecorationJames M. Walters Sr.


Epilogue – based upon the script “Bare Knuckles” by Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin


(SLIM SHERMAN looks at the new barn board that replaced the one that Terrible Terry Mulligan had made a hole in with his fist.)


SLIM SHERMAN: And that was the end of it. Last time I saw Jonesy he was racing three or four hundred people to a gold field.


JESS HARPER: Why’d you let him go? That’s what you went to War Bonnet for, wasn’t it? To bring him back.


SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, but I couldn’ta got him back unless I picked him up and carried him.


ANDY SHERMAN: Well maybe you shoulda done just that.


SLIM SHERMAN: Wouldn’t be fair to him, Andy. Jonesy’s still tryin’ to help. That’s all any man can do.


(A horse whinny is heard.)


ANDY SHERMAN: Hey, look what’s comin’.


(The Terry Mulligan coach drives into the yard. SLIM SHERMAN, ANDY SHERMAN, and JESS HARPER stride over to it.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Alright, Mulligan, get outta there. I been savin’ something for you. (SLIM SHERMAN pulls back the curtain. JONESY is inside.)


JONESY: Howdy, one and all.


SLIM: Jonesy!


JONESY: Slim! There’s the money for the bank note. Better count it.


SLIM: Where’d ya get all this?


JONESY: Same place I got this rig and the driver. From Brad Hovey and Terry Mulligan. I figure Andy and me can, ah, paint her up ‘n sell her. Oughta bring about as much as a…






JESS HARPER: How’d ya do it?


JONESY: Easy as pie. I sold ’em my gold claim up there in Tommyhawk Gulch.


SLIM SHERMAN: I thought that claim was worthless.


JONESY: It is worthless. But I couldn’t get them to believe it. Why that Brad Hovey just kept raising his offer. OH-h-h, they’ve got the gold fever bad. Well, it got to lookin’ like they just couldn’t be happy unless they owned my claim. Ha! And you know the kind I am, I just like to see people happy. Ha, ha!. Well, well. (JONESY gets down out of the coach.) Come on, Andy.


(They all enter the ranch house.)



Geographic References

Buckeye, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Rock Springs, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Sage Creek, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

War Bonnet Peak in Wyoming Territory, United States of America








Musical Reference

Sweet Genevieve



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