“Fugitive Road”

Season:    1 episode 4

Series Episode:  4

Air Date: October 6. 1959

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

A Revue Studios production



Jess pulls up stakes when his brother-in-law deserts the cavalry and asks Jess to help him escape him to Canada.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith28Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller26Credited
"Jonesy"Sherman foremanHoagy Carmichael69Credited
Andy ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationRobert Crawford, Jr.15Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
ArekaPlains Cavalry scoutAnthony George38Credited
Gil Brady Jess Harper's brother-in-law/Plains Cavalry privateClu Gulager30Credited
Abe JordanPlains Cavalry first sergeantBert Freed64Credited
Plains Cavalry captainWillis Bouchey52Credited
Plains Cavalry soldierDon Kennedy39Credited
Francie Harper BradyJess Harper's sister & Gil Brady's wifeMentioned



DirectorThomas Carr
TeleplayPaul Savage
StoryDan Ullman
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyJohn L. Russell, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
Editorial Dept. Head (Supervisor)Richard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Film EditorStan Rabjohn
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 DecorationClarence Steensen


Epilogue – based upon the teleplay “Fugitive Road” by Paul Savage and the story by Dan Ullman


(A stagecoach comes into the Sherman ranch yard. Jonesy walks out to meet it.)


DRIVER: Whoa. How are ya?


(ABE JORDAN, JESS HARPER, and SLIM SHERMAN come out of the ranch house. ANDY SHERMAN is sitting on the porch rail.)


ABE JORDAN: Bye, Andy.




JONESY: Well Sarge, any man who can put away three bowls of my mulligan…


JESS HARPER: Has to have a cast iron stomach.


JONESY: Now you listen.


ABE JORDAN: Jonesy, any time you want another job, you see me. All you gotta do is sign up for six years and do exactly as you’re told.


JONESY: Oh, I don’t think I’d do very well in the army. I got a sacroiliac that just won’t let up.


ALL: (Laugh)


SLIM SHERMAN: Sides, we wouldn’t let him go. Goodbye, Sergeant.


ABE JORDAN: (Shaking hands with SLIM SHERMAN) Sherman. Harper. (Turns back to JESS HARPER before getting into the coach.) I kept saying it coming back five hundred miles. I’m sorry for telling you like I did.


JESS HARPER: You did the right thing… and so did I.


(ABE JORDAN gets in stagecoach. JESS HARPER shuts the door.)


DRIVER: (Whistles) Hey! (The stagecoach leaves.)


JESS HARPER: You reckon this country’ll take them stakes again.


SLIM SHERMAN: They never let go of the other ones.


(SLIM SHERMAN and JESS HARPER walk back towards the ranch house.)



Historical References


Battle of Palo Duro Canyon

Battle of the Wilderness

Jefferson Davis

Yuma Territorial Prison


Geographic References

Calgory, Canada

Lolo Trail  Map Nez Pierce Natural Historic Trail, United States of America

Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, United States of America

Texas, United States of America




Mulligan Stew



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