“Dragon at the Door”

Season:     3 episode 1
Series Episode:  65
Air Date: September 23, 1961
Laramie TV Series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



It’s fireworks galore when Jess and Slim help a Japanese family that has trouble on the road.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith30Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller28Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes10Credited
BarnesOutlawK. L. Smith38Credited
Acrobat and entertainerRobert KinoCredited
SableOutlawEd Nelson32Credited
Haru Kami Tajima's daughterNobu McCarthy27Credited
Kiku Kami Tajima's daughterJo Anne Miya Credited
"The Great" Kami Tajima FatherTeru Shimada55Credited
Yuki Kami Tajima's daughterAnita LooCredited
RoyOutlawLarry Perron38Credited



DirectorJames P. Yarbrough
WriterRod Peterson
ProducerJohn 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
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundRobert Bertrand
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 Hogan
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on the script “Dragon at the Door” by Rod Peterson



(JESS HARPER, SLIM SHERMAN, TOMOMI and the TAJIMA FAMILY are loading the Tajima’s wagon in preparation for its departure from the Sherman ranch yard.)


HARU: (Sighs) Haru did not mean to mislead you. (Sighs) Did not know what kiss meant.


JESS HARPER: You seemed to know how to do it.


HARU: Haru knew how, but not why.


JESS HARPER: That’s alright. Haru. I don’t think I’ll ever forget you though.


TOMOMI: Haru, we go.


JESS HARPER: Tomomi is sure a lucky guy.


HARU: When he save Haru’s life, I knew that I love him. (Moves to back of wagon)


JESS HARPER: (Carries a suitcase to the wagon) Goodbye, Haru.


HARU: Goodbye, Jess-san. (Takes the suitcase and enters the wagon. JESS closes the door behind HARU and then walks to the front of the wagon. KAMI and TOMOMI are on the wagon seat.)


KAMI: Words cannot express our sincere thanks for all you have done. Ah, please accept this small token of our appreciation. (Offers a shamisen to SLIM)


SLIM SHERMAN: Oh, you don’t owe us anything.


JESS HARPER: Wait a minute Slim. It’s a souvenir. I mean maybe Mike’d like to have it.




SLIM SHERMAN: Thank ya’.


MIKE WILLIAMS: Gee, thanks.


SLIM SHERMAN: Don’t wait ’til you break another axle to come see us, now.


KAMI: Trouble not very enjoyable, but often makes new friends. (Looks at TOMOMI) Ikuzo.




(The wagon leaves the ranch yard. HARU, YUKI, and KIKU wave from the windows.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, there goes the Great Tajima.


JESS HARPER: And his daughters.


Historical Reference

Barbary Coast, San Francisco, California, United States of America


Geographic Reference

San Francisco, California, United States of America

Park County, Colorado or Indiana, United States of America



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