“Duel at Alta Mesa”

Season:     1 episode 23

Series Episode:  23

Air Date: February 23, 1960

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

A Revue Studios production



Jess must hunt down a man to pay the debt Slim owes to the owner of the stage line.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith28Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller26Credited
Andy ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationRobert Crawford, Jr.15Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Warren Gallagher Former stageline ownerAlan Baxter51Credited
Dolly ManneringTom Mannering's wifePamela Duncan35Credited
Tom ManneringFormer Overland stageline employeeTom Drake42Credited
Gloria PattersonT. J. Patterson's daughterFay Spain27Credited
T. J. Patterson Owner Overland stagelineDoublass Dumbrille70Credited
Ray Gallagher employeeRonald Hayes30Credited
RickPatterson guardDon Kelly35Credited
Ben BarflyUncredited
GeneGallagher's employeeGeorge Kennedy35Unxedited
Jerry Gallagher employeeBob Hoy32Uncredited
Joe Ray's friend in Red BluffUncredited
LindaGallagher's girlfriendUncredited
WallyRancherJon Lormer53Uncredited
Red Bluff bartenderUncredited
Wally's wifeGail Bonney58Uncredited
Alta Mesa bartenderHerman Hack60Uncredited



DirectorLesley Selander
TeleplayJerry Adelman
StoryJerry Adelman & Jay Simms
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Music ScoreAlbert Sendrey
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorMartin Obzina
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorRichard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Film EditorRay de Vally
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundJohn C Grubb
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, Hal Needham (Stunt double for Ron Hayes), 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 DirectorGeorge Bisk


Epilogue  – based on the teleplay “Duel at Alta Mesa” by Jerry Adelman and story by Jerry Adelman & Jay Simms


(T. J. PATTERSON, GLORIA PATTERSON, and JESS HARPER are in the Patterson mansion parlor. JESS HARPER has given T.J. PATTERSON the stolen money. T.J. Patterson looks at the money, closes the bag, and puts it to the side.)


T. J. PATTERSON: You’re a good man, Jess. A fine job.


JESS HARPER: Yeah, well, five men got killed in the doin’. I hope it was worth it.


T. J. PATTERSON: Well, it saved the stagecoach line.


JESS HARPER: Sure. It just seems somethin’ better could come from it.




JESS HARPER: You see, I’ve never had a real home, Mr. Patterson. So maybe that doesn’t qualify me to talk about it. But on the other hand, maybe it qualifies me to talk about what a real home should be.


T. J. PATTERSON: What are you getting at Jess?


JESS HARPER: Your home, sir. This place here. You’re a successful businessman. Ya-You’ve got a beautiful home and a beautiful daughter.


(GLORIA PATTERSON enters the room and sits next to T. J. PATTERSON)


JESS HARPER: Why can’t you make a real home out of it?


T. J. PATTERSON: What makes you think I haven’t?


JESS HARPER: The fact that your daughter picked the first chance she had to run away from it.


T. J. PATTERSON: Well, whatever I did was for her own good.


JESS HARPER: Well, this is a free country, sir. Don’t you think she oughta have a vote in what’s best for her?


T. J. PATTERSON: Well, maybe she should have.


JESS HARPER: I don’t think she’d be so anxious to run away again. And if she did have to go away, I’m sure she’d have a better reason.


T. J. PATTERSON: Well, perhaps it’s not too late to make another try at it, dear. (Takes GLORIA PATTERSON’s hand in his.) Is it?


GLORIA PATTERSON: Course not, Dad.


JESS HARPER: I better get started back.


T. J. PATTERSON: Goodbye, Jess. And thanks.


JESS HARPER: Goodbye, Mr. Patterson.




JESS HARPER: Goodbye, Gloria.


(GLORIA PATTERSON follows JESS HARPER out the door.)






GLORIA PATTERSON: Am I gonna see ya again?


JESS HARPER: Probably Gloria. I move around a lot.


GLORIA PATTERSON: What I mean is…D’ya want to see me again?


JESS: You know I do. But, there’s somethin’ more important.




JESS HARPER: Well, the way things are gonna change now. Maybe the next time I come back this way, you’ll know better whether ya want to see me.


(GLORIA PATTERSON watches as JESS HARPER mounts up and rides off.)



Geographical Reference

Alta Mesa

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Red Bluff, Montana Territory, United States of America


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