“Hour After Dawn”


Season:     1 episode 26

Series Episode:  26

Air Date: March 15, 1960

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

A Revue Studios production



Acting Sheriff Slim Sherman and his top deputy have to hang a bank robber at dawn… if his gang doesn’t stop them.


Cast & Crew


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith29Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller26Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Doc J. L. HuberLaramie doctorGeorge Eldredge61Credited
Billy PardeeOutlaw/Creighton's half-brotherBen Johnon41Credited
Maud "Maudie" Pardee Laramie cafe ownerGloria Talbott29Credited
Mort CoryLaramie sheriffRobert Osterloh41Credited
Sam Laramie townsmanClarence Straight51Credited
Tom CreightonOutlaw gang leaderBruce Bennett53Credited
TooeyLaramie deputyIrving Bacon63Credited
U. S. Marshal from CheyenneGene Roth57Credited
Laramie townsmanRussell Thorson53Credited
Sarah CoryMort Cory's wifeUncredited
Oliver JudgeS. John Launer40Uncredited
Tom WorthLaramie deputyFred Coby44Uncredited
Ed Laramie deputyUncredited
WaltLaramie deputyUncredited
OutlawKermit Maynard62Uncredited
Laramie townsmanChick Sheridan58Uncredited
Wells Fargo baggage handlerChick Hannon58Uncredited
Laramie telegrapherUncredited
Laramie townsman Uncredited



DirectorFrancis D. Lyon
TeleplayJohn Dunkel
StoryDaniel Ullman & John Dunkel
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreHarry Sukman
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorRichard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundJoe Lapis
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 DirectorMilton Carter
Set DecorationPerry Murdock




Epilogue – based on a teleplay “Hour After Dawn” by John Dunkel and story by John Dunkel & Dan Ullman


(CHEYENNE MARSHAL rides into Laramie.)


CHEYENNE MARSHAL: Where can I find a sheriff named Sherman?


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, I’m Sherman, Marshal, but not wearin’ the badge anymore.


CHEYENNE MARSHAL: Ya what? Look, I got an urgent message from a sheriff named Sherman. I rode all the way from Cheyenne.


SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, well, I sent the message. but I’m not the man to talk to now. Go in the office over there.


(CHEYENNE MARSHAL walks over to the sheriff’s office. MORT CORY walks out the door.)


MORT CORY: Hello, Marshal. Glad to see ya. What can I do for ya?


CHEYENNE MARSHAL: What can you do for me? What are you talkin’ about? I rode half the night to get here and I……


MORT CORY: Really? You must be tuckered out. Come on inside and have a cup a coffee.


(MORT CORY and the CHEYENNE MARSHAL walk into the sheriff’s office.)




SLIM SHERMAN: Jess, let’s go home.


JESS HARPER: Yeah, that’s what I’m gonna do. Why don’t you ride over to Indian Wells?




JESS HARPER: I hear they need a new sheriff over there. Somebody with experience.


(JESS HARPER smiles. SLIM SHERMAN gives JESS HARPER a dour look. They mount their horses. SLIM SHERMAN looks at JESS HARPER dourly, again. They both canter out of town.)



Geographic References

Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Texas, United States of America




Chicken and dumplings




Pot Roast


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