“Handful of Fire”

Season:     3 episode 10
Series Episode:  74
Air Date: December 5, 1961
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
Revue Studios production



A 25-year-old grudge motivates genocide, triggering a Sioux uprising… with Slim Sherman right in the middle.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith30Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller28Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperMentioned
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
John BarringtonPlains Cavalry colonelGeorge Mcready62Credited
Madge Barrington (alias Margaret Kent)John Barrington's daughterKaren Sharpe27Credited
BaileyPlains Cavalry sergeantJohn Pickard48Credited
Paul HarmonPlains Cavalry lieutenantMyron Healey38Credited
Reece Plains Cavalry corporalGeorge Orrison32Credited
WellsPlains Cavalry mess sergeantHerb Vigran51Credited
President of the Military CourtMaurice Manson48Credited
BellPlains Cavalry sergeantUncredited
Tom HarrisPlains Cavalry corporalRoss Elliott44Uncredited
ChatoSioux scoutUncredited
Ernie Stagecoach shotgunUncredited
GeorgeLaramie hotel clerkDoodles Weaver49Uncredited
Hank Stagecoach driverUncredited
Court martial prosecutorRobert Stevenson46Uncredited
Review board member (2)Uncredited
Mort CoryLaramie sheriffMentioned
Mrs. Harris Woman having a babyMentioned
M. V. White U.S. senatorMentioned



DirectorJoe Kane
TeleplayRaphael Hayes
StoryRod Peterson
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Editorial Color ConsultantAlex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorRay C. de Vally
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundEarl Crain, Jr.
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, 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 DirectorJack Doran
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on the teleplay “Handful of Fire” by Raphael Hayes & story by Rod Peterson


(SLIM SHERMAN rides up to the Laramie Hotel, ties up his horse and enters the hotel. MIKE WILLIAMS is in the lobby. GEORGE and MIKE WILLIAMS are playing trooper and Sioux warrior.)




SLIM WILLIAMS: (Swings MIKE WILLIAMS uonto the hotel front desk.) Oh hello, trooper. Don’t you know the war’s over?


MIKE WILLIAMS: We heard you stopped it.


SLIM SHERMAN: This may come as a shock, but I had a lot of help.


GEORGE: Well, the Indians are talking peace again though aren’t they, Slim? That’s the main thing.


SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, they sure are. Talks started this morning.


GEORGE: What do they plannin’ to do with those men that went with Barrington?


SLIM SHERMAN: Looks like the army is gonna to discharge them, for the good of the service. Yeah, their big mistake was obeying orders, from the wrong man.


MIKE WILLIAMS: When are we goin’ home, Slim? I’m getting tired of stayin’ in this hotel.


SLIM SHERMAN: Ya’ know I’m thinkin’ the hotel probably feels pretty close to the same way about you.


GEORGE: Like bunking with a cougar in a chicken coop. (Laughs) Mrs. Cooper’s takin’ a nap right now. She’s plumb wore out from this little wild “Injun.”


MIKE WILLIAMS: You’re the “Injun!” I’m the trooper!


SLIM SHERMAN: Whoa-o-o. The fightin’s over. Let’s settle down to some nice peace and quiet, huh? Let’s get Daisy and go home.


Historical References

John Chivington

Wounded Knee   (picture)


Geographic References


Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Washington, D.C., United States of America








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