“The Lawbreakers”


Season:  1 episode 6

Series Episode: 6

Air Date: October 20, 1959

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

A Revue Studios production



The Choctaw Johnson gang needs Jess to lead them to their buried loot. Who is killing them off one by one? More importantly, who will be left?


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith28Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller26Credited
"Jonesy"Sherman foremanHoagy Carmichael69Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
"Judge" Barnaby CadeOutlawJohn McIntire52Credited
DallasOutlawJames Best34Credited
Choctaw "Chockie" JohnsonOutlaw Michael MorganCredited
MarcyOutlawRayford Barnes38Credited
Albert Reeves Captain in the Adjutant General's OfficeBob (Robert) Anderson39Credited
Rickert OutlawChristopher Dark39Credited
Laramie deputyFed Coby43Credited
Laramie sheriffBartlett Robinson46Credited
SmokeyStagecoach driverMentioned



DirectorLesley Selander
Writer Jay Simms
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Music ScoreNathan Scott
Director of PhotographyLionel Lindon, A.S.C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
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 DirectorEdward K. Dodds
Set DecorationWilliam Tapp


Epilogue – based upon “The Lawbreakers” script by Jay Simms


(JONESY, SLIM SHERMAN, JESS HARPER and BARNABY CADE are eating at the table in the front room of the Sherman ranch house. The SHERIFF and ALBERT REEVES are sitting in chairs, nearby.)


BARNABY CADE: I seen you catfooting around town. N’ mind that. This here honest feller took me in. Why’d you bring me back here?


JESS HARPER: ‘Cause that stage driver you killed was a friend of Slim’s and Slim’s a friend of’ mine.


BARNABY CADE: Shoulda known. Anybody that’s got no more regard for money than you have’s bound to have friends.


SLIM SHERMAN: And my friend’s dead.


BARNABY CADE: Chocktaw done that. He’s gone to his reward. What’re you holdin’ me for?


JESS HARPER: You killed Dallas.


BARNABY CADE: Snake bit him.


JESS HARPER: Alright, you killed Chocktaw.


BARNABY CADE: Self-defense – saving your life.


SLIM SHERMAN: You’re a bank robber.


BARNABY CADE: Served full time for that.


ALBERT REEVES: The army got its money back. That’s all I’m interested in.


SHERIFF: Alright Judge, you finish your cracklin’ chicken, then you mount up and you ride out of this territory… or I’ll figure a charge that’ll stick.


BARNABY CADE: Well, I owe this fella $37 for outfitting me.


JESS: Be worth more than that just to get rid o’ ya’.


BARNABY CADE: Alright, I’ll go. Soon as you sign the affidavey.


JESS HARPER: What affidavit?


BARNABY CADE: The one identifying the boys. Reward out on all of ’em. Shouldn’t have to come out of this thing empty-handed. Served two years. Oughta leastwise get the bounty.


SHERIFF: The old sidewinder’s within his rights. It’s up to you, Jess.


JESS HARPER: Oh, somebody write it up. I’ll sign it.


BARNABY CADE: Heh! Now you’re talkin’. Always figured there must be some good in you law-abiding folks. Never figured I’d live to see it…Ah, Ya..ya got any anymore of them squash taters?



Geographic References

Garden City, Utah Territory, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Rawlins, Wyoming Territory, United States of America





Cracklin’ Chicken

Squash Taters

Calf steak


Wild Turkey



Musical Reference

When I Saw Sweet Nellie Home



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