“Killer Without Cause”

Season:    2 episode 16

Series Episode: 47

Air Date: January 31,1961

Laramie TV series starring John Smith and Robert Fuller

A Revue Studio production



Slim demands equal justice for his ranch hand’s murderer.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith29Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller27Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Joe CloudSherman ranch hand and former Sioux scout for the 6th CavalryJohn Verros53Credited
Orin ChaseFederal judge from DenverEdward Platt44Credited
General Taylor RobertsIndian Commissioner Wyoming TerritoryRoy Roberts54Credited
Carl VailLaramie rancherJames Westerfield47Credited
Ken "Kenny" Vail Carl Vail's sonRex Holman32Credited
Luke VailCarl Vail's son/GunslingerHarry Lauter46Credited
BenSherman relay station attendantWilliam Fawcett66Credited
Pete Laramie barflyJames Chandler38Credited
Will Luke Vail's sidekickDavid Manley33Credited
Laramie sheriffPaul Langton47Credited
Judge from CasperDayton Lummis57Credited
Laramie townsman at telegraph officeJim Hayward60Credited
Caly AllisonChallenged Luke Vail in Littleton, Co.Uncredited
FossieStagecoach driverUncredited
Trial spectatorPhil Schumacher51Uncredited
Laramie townsmanKermit Maynard63Uncredited
Laramie telegrapherUncredited
Stagecoach driverUncredited
Mrs. VailCarl Vail's wifeMentioned



DirectorLesley Selander
TeleplayDonn Mullally & Lee Erwin
StoryJohn C Champion
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Music ScoreDavid Buttolph
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorLloyd S Papez
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundWilliam Russell
Makeup ArtistJack Barron
Hair StylistFlorence Bush
Costume & WardrobeVincent Dee
Assistant DirectorJames H. Brown
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock
Series Stuntmen (uncredited)Paul Baxley, Joe Canutt, Bill Catching, Chuck Courtney, John Daheim, Leonard P. Geer, Soll Gorss, Hemet, Charles Horvath, Robert F. Hoy, Loren Janes,, Allen Pinson, Chuck Roberson, Ronnie Rondell, Jr., Dean Smith, Tom Steele, Jerry Summers, JJack Williams
Note: Robert Fuller often performed his own stunts in the series.



Epilogue – based on the teleplay “Killer Without Cause” by Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin and story by John C. Champion


(SLIM SHERMAN and JESS HARPER are pounding in a fence post at the corral. GENERAL ROBERTS rides up.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Ah! Morning, General. Coffee in the house if you want some.


GENERAL ROBERTS: Sorry, but I really haven’t got time. I just got word that the Sioux are ready to sign that treaty. I thought you two would like to know.


JESS HARPER: Oh, It’s about time some good news showed up around here. I’s beginnin’ to wonder.


SLIM SHERMAN: There’s not going to be any trouble ’bout what the Sioux did to Old Man Vail?


GENERAL ROBERTS: Not while I’m around. Besides there isn’t much proof that they did anything at all.




GENERAL ROBERTS: I’ll see ya. (General Roberts rides off.)


SLIM SHERMAN: (Looks over at JESS HARPER): Jess?




SLIM SHERMAN: D’ya think I’m goin’ to hold this thing all day?


JESS HARPER: Oh…yeah. (Begins pounding away at the pole again)




Historical Reference

Fort Laramie

Women serving on juries


Geographic Reference

Casper, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Little Colorado River. United States of America






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