“Duel at Parkison Town”

Season:     2 episode 12

Series Episode:  43

Air Date: December 13, 1960

Laramie TV series starring John Smith and Robert Fuller

A Revue Studios production



An eye for an eye, right or wrong, reignites an old feud.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch and Relay StationJohn Smith29Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller27Credited
Andy ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationRobert Crawford, Jr.16Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
AlexanderSt. Louis Dispatch reporterMurray Matheson48Credited
DugganStagecoach driverKenneth MacDonald59Credited
Benjamin "Ben" ParkisonPatriarch of the Parkison familyHenry Hull70Credited
Floyd Parkison Ben Parkison's sonBrian Avery20Credited
Lee ParkisonBen Parkison's sonRon Harper31Credited
"Doc" SweeneyLaramie doctorDon T. Beddoe57Credited
SaundersLaramie storekeeperWilliam Challee56Credited
DougLaramie townsmanLen Hendry51Credited
WaldoLaramie newspaper ownerHoward McNear55Credited
Laramie sheriffBartlett Robinson48Credited
Laramie townsmanMichael Vallon 63Credited
Laramie townsmanEdward G. Robinson, Jr.67Credited
BullySaul (Sol) Gorss52Credited
Laramie townsmanHarry Harvey, Sr.59Credited
Laramie townsmanZon Murray50Credited
Clifford F ShermanSherman relativeMentioned
Sherman relative; hung as a horse thiefMentioned



DirectorMaury Geraghty
WriterCalvin J. Clements
ProducerWinston Miller
Laramie ThemeCyril J. 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 de Vally
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundWilliam Russell
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 DirectorGeorge Bisk
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on the script “Duel at Parkison Town” by Calvin J. Clements


(SLIM SHERMAN and ANDY SHERMAN are at the creek. ANDY SHERMAN has a rifle. SLIM SHERMAN is using a cane. JESS HARPER and BEN and LEE PARKISON ride up. JESS HARPER dismounts and stands by SLIM SHERMAN.)


SLIM SHERMAN: I asked Jess to fetch you ta show ya this. (Takes rifle from ANDY SHERMAN) Andy was out huntin’ for his wolf cub. Found this in the stream. (SLIM SHERMAN makes his way to the stream and a large boulder.) There’s still prints here. So Floyd musta set the gun down (Demonstrates by placing the rifle against the boulder) for he crossed over. Now look here. (Points with cane to burn marks on the boulder) Powder marks on the rocks. Just like there’d be if the gun fell over and went off.


LEE PARKISON: I guess that’s the way it happened, Pa. Mr. Sherman, we’re obliged to you for sending for us.


SLIM SHERMAN: (Limps over to BEN PARKISON’s horse) You’ll be wantin’ ta keep this. (Slim hands the rifle to BEN PARKISON.)


BEN PARKISON: Thank ya. (Looks down at the rifle) Thank ya. Hey… ah, ya goin’ to be wearing that there cane for long?


SLIM SHERMAN: Not more’n a week or two accordin’ to the doc.


BEN PARKISON: I’m glad. Mighty glad it weren’t no worse. (Shrugs) Come on, son.


(BEN PARKISON and LEE PARKISON turn their horses and ride off.)


JESS HARPER: I never thought I’d hear it.


SLIM SHERMAN: Wasn’t easy for him, Jess.


JESS HARPER: Slim, I’m curious about somethin’. You had that gun pointed at Parkison. If his son hadn’t agreed to end the feud, would you have shot him?


SLIM SHERMAN: That’s a good question. I thought about it, too.


ANDY SHERMAN: Hey, look what I found. Can I keep him? I’ll take good care of him.


SLIM SHERMAN: (Smiles) Alright. Andy. You can keep ‘im.


(SLIM SHERMAN, ANDY SHERMAN and JESS HARPER turn around and head off in separate directions.)



Historical Reference

St. Louis Dispatch



Geographic Reference

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Parkison Town, Wyoming Territory, United States of America


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