“Naked Steel”

Season:      4 episode 13
Series Episode: 105
Air Date: January 1, 1963
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



Slim’s attempt to recover cattle drive money from a card shark takes a strange turn when the card shark robs the Riverton bank.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermaniOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith31Credited
Jess HarperPart owner - Sherman ranch and relay stationRobert Fuller29Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
Lee ChristyMathew Christy's brotherJim Beck27Credited
Mathew "Matt" Christy Riverton mine ownerHarlan Warde45Credited
Mr. HeronOutlaw/McKeever's shillRobert Cornthwaite45Credited
Rudford JenksHotel clerkGage Clarke62Credited
Nora KelseyRiverton saloon girlGloria Talbott31Credited
Al McKeeverOutlaw/Card sharkCharles Maxwell49Credited
Ben TateRiverton marshalJohn Doucette41Credited
BillyDrover backing SlimWilliam Wellman, Jr.25Credited
Riverton saloon girlJoan Swift29Credited
DavyRiverton boyUncredited
Riverton bankerGene Roth59Uncredited
Mr. PattonLaramie rancherUncredited
Walter Ames, M. D.Riverton doctorMentioned
E. M. Collett M.D.Riverton doctorMentioned
Clara PattonMr. Patton's wifeMentioned
Marty PattonMr. Patton's sonMentioned



DirectorHarmon Jones
TeleplayDonald S. Sanford
StoryJohn Champion
ProducerJohn Champion
Assistant to ProducerRod Peterson
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorRussell Kimball
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Editorial Color ConsultantAlex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundEarl Crain, Sr.
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, 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 DirectorFrank Losee
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Ralph Sylos



Epilogue – based on the teleplay “Naked Steel” by Donald S. Sanford and story by John C. Champion


(DAISY COOPER rings the triangle dinner bell on the Sherman ranch house porch. JESS HARPER and SLIM SHERMAN come to the porch from the ranch yard. MIKE WILLIAM runs out of the kitchen door.)


MIKE WILLIAMS: Slim, a letter came for ya this morning.


SLIM SHERMAN: Well. you don’t say?


MIKE WILLIAMS: It’s from Riverton. Looks important. Can I get it for ya?


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, if you think it can’t wait.


(MIKE WILLIAMS runs into the ranch house.)


DAISY COOPER: (Chortles) He can’t stand an unopened letter.


JESS HARPER: Yeah, well, I’m kinda partial to a mystery myself, Daisy. What d’ya figure it is? (Rubs SLIM SHERMAN’s shoulder) Maybe some pretty little gal Slim’s been deceiving.


SLIM SHERMAN: (Slaps JESS HARPER in the ribs)


MIKE WILLIAMS: (Reappearing) It’s from a bank. (Hands SLIM SHERMAN the envelope)


SLIM SHERMAN: Bank? (Opens the letter and unfolds it. He looks puzzled.)


MIKE WILLIAMS: What’s it say?


DAISY COOPER: Mike, that is a private matter.


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, it seems that Marshal Tate didn’t have any kin. The reward money that would go to him, comes to me.


MIKE WILLIAMS: Wow-ee! How much?


DAISY COOPER: Mike! It isn’t polite to pry.


MIKE WILLIAMS: Well I was only pryin’ a little.




DAISY COOPER: My goodness!


SLIM SHERMAN: Daisy, would you see that the Patton family gets that. You’ll know how to do it so it doesn’t hurt their pride. That oughta see them through ’til next fall.


DAISY COOPER: That’s very generous of you, Slim.


JESS HARPER: Getting kinda liberal about giving your money away, aren’t ya pard?


DAISY COOPER: Ah, a gift from the heart has a way of coming back.


JESS HARPER: Maybe so, Daisy…


SLIM SHERMAN: I’ll flip ya for it, pard. You know, before I left I bet you five dollars that that new corral fence wouldn’t be up. Forgot about it, huh?


JESS HARPER: Forgot, I was too blame busy….


SLIM SHERMAN: Just the same, it’s not up. (Snaps his fingers and puts out his hand, palm up.)


JESS HARPER: (Looks at SLIM SHERMAN with disgust)


SLIM SHERMAN: Look at that face, Daisy.


DAISY COOPER: Um… hmm. (Laughs)


(JESS HARPER slaps a five dollar bill into SLIM SHERMAN’s hand.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Thank you.


DAISY COOPER: Come on, dinner’s getting cold.


(SLIM SHERMAN pats MIKE WILLIAMS on the posterior as all go in through the kitchen door.)



Geographic References

Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Riverton, Colorado, United States of America

San Francisco, California, United States of America


Consubstantial Show

Laramie, “The Star Trail“, Season 1 Episode 5, Series Episode 5, Air Date: October 13, 1959
Writer: Douglas Heyes


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