“Bitter Glory”

Season:     2 episode 27

Series Episode:  58

Air Date: May 2, 1961

Laramie TV series starring John Smith and Robert Fuller

A Revue Studios production



Friendship is pushed to the limit by an old friend with a pretty wife and $30,000 in stolen Army payroll.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith30Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller27Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Billy JacobsPlains Cavalry sergeantDick Foran50Credited
Ellie JacobsBilly Jacobs' wifeDianne Foster32Credited
Grace JacobsBilly Jacobs' motherKatherine Warren55Credited
Johnny JacobsBilly Jacobs' brotherRyan O'Neal20Credited
Cal MasonEllie's boyfriendEd Nelson32Credited
Major StantonPlains Cavalry major at Ft. LaramiePaul Birch49Credited
Stage line passengerDoris Packer56Credited
Stagecoach driverChubby Johnson57Credited
Stagecoach shotgunUncredited
Stage line passengerDick Elliot75Uncredited



DirectorHollingsworth Morse
WriterEdward J. Lakso
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Music ScoreR. Dale Butts
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Film EditorRay C. de Vally
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundJohn W. Rixey
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 DirectorEdward K. Dodds
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on the script “Bitter Glory” by Edward J. Lasko


(SLIM SHERMAN and JESS HARPER are in the Sherman ranch house kitchen, finishing dinner.)


SLIM SHERMAN: What’s the answer, Jess?


JESS HARPER: I don’t know. Slim. I guess on account of her pa, Ellie really couldn’t care for any man. All she cared for was money. But, the payroll got back to the fort in time for payday. Billy’s back at his desk, a little older, maybe a little wiser. Say, you know that meal wasn’t half bad.


SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, I’ve been takin’ lessons.


JESS HARPER: From who?


SLIM SHERMAN: School marm.


JESS HARPER: (Irritated) Now wait a minute! I saw her first.


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, you stood her up. Wha’d ya expect?


JESS HARPER: I sure didn’t expect you to run under me the first time I turn my back on ya.


SLIM SHERMAN: I’m not running under ya. (Puts his coffee cup back in the saucer noisily.) Ah, there’s no sense ‘n arguing about it anyway.


JESS HARPER: Oh yeah? Why not?


SLIM SHERMAN: Ah, she’s marrying that sweet talking lawyer fella, Charlie Webb, come Sunday a week.


JESS HARPER: I’ll be dad gummed. (Laughs and claps SLIM SHERMAN on the arm) Ah, that’s all right, Hardrock. You did the best you could. Ah, look at it this way – I’m losing a wife, but I’m gainin’ a cook. (Toasts SLIM SHERMAN and drinks the coffee.)




Historic Reference

Fort Laramie, Wyoming Territory


Geographic Reference

Canadian Border

Danville, United States of America






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