“The Star Trail”


Season:  1 episode 5

Series Episode: 5

Air Date: October 13, 1959

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

A Revue Studios production



A letter summons Jess to the town of Rock Springs, too late to help a friend but just in time for a few funerals.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith28Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller26Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
GratRock Springs deputy sheriffJames Anderson38Credited
Tully HatchRock Springs sheriffLloyd Nolan57Credited
Lud LautenRock Springs bartenderHal Hopper46Credited
Ma Pooles Rock Springs boarding house ownerMildred von Hollen67Credited
Curly TroyRock Springs rancherWilliam Bryant35Credited
EvieRock Springs saloon girlPatricia Barry37Credited
Rock Springs ministerForrest Lewis59Credited
Mark HowardRock Springs bankerUncredited
Vic StoddardRock Springs farmerWilliam Gordan41Uncredited
Frank TroyCurly Troy's father/Rock Springs rancherUncredited
Rock Springs barflyEmile Avery51Uncredited
Rock Springs barflyChick Hannan58Uncredited
John L. Cason41Uncredited
Outlaws (2)



DirectorDouglas Heyes
WriterDouglas Heyes
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreCyril Mockridge
Arranged and Adapted byAlbert Sendrey
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorJohn J. Lloyd
Editorial Dept. Head (Supervisor)Richard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundEarl Crain, Sr.
Makeup ArtistRobert Dawn
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 DecorationCarl J. Lawrence



Epilogue – based upon the script for “The Star Trail” by Douglas Heyes


(JESS HARPER closes a gate, bearing a sign reading Sherman Ranch Stage Stop Laramie 12 miles, behind him and rides down the road. SLIM SHERMAN gallops towards him, waving.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, came back, huh?


JESS HARPER: Darned if I didn’t.


SLIM SHERMAN: Decided you were needed here more than there?


JESS HARPER: Well I found out one thing, Slim. It’s not all in who needs me. It’s what I need, too. Let’s get on home.



Geographic References

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Rock Springs, Wyoming Territory, United States of America






Consubstantial Show

Laramie, “Naked Steel“, Season 4 Episode 13, Series Episode 105, Air Date: January 1, 1963
Story: John Champion, Teleplay: Donald S. Sanford




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