“Ride Into Darkness”Series

Season:    2 episode 5

Episode: 36

Air Date: October 18, 1960

Laramie TV series starring John Smith and Robert Fuller

A Revue Studios production



Jess journeys to Danvers Pass to help a prospector, only to find that his friend has disappeared off the face of the earth.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller27Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Matt Jessup Leading citizen of Danvers PassCharles Drake43Credited
Dan PrestonProspectorJason Robards, Sr.67Credited
Joe PattersonDanvers Pass rancherStuart Randall51Credited
WilsonDanvers Pass rancherHarry Shannon70Credited
ChuckDanvers Pass deputyBrad WestonCredited
MaeHotel clerkPhyllis Avery37Credited
Pete Jessup employeeKevin Hagen32Credited
Rafe Jessup employeeLeo Gordon37Credited
WaltDanvers Pass sheriffJudson Pratt43Credited
Bentley ManleyJailbreakerRichard Farnsworth40Uncredited
Joey Boy with firewoodUncredited
MaryBentley Manley's sisterUncredited
Mary's husbandUncredited
Jessup employeeBoyd "Red" Morgan44Uncredited



DirectorLesley Selander
WriterJerry Adelman
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreAlbert Sendry
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Film EditorRay de Vally
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundVernon W. Kramer
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 DirectorFrank Fox
Set DecorationWilliam Tap



Epilogue – based upon the script “Ride Into Darkness,” by Jerry Adelman


(DAN PRESTON drives up to the Danvers Pass hotel in a buckboard loaded down with goods. CHUCK, JESS HARPER and MAE come off the porch and stand next to the buckboard.)


DAN PRESTON: Whoa. All set?


JESS HARPER: Ready to go, Dan. (Turns to MAE.) Take care of yourself, Mae.


MAE: I’m gonna to miss you, Jess.


JESS HARPER: Well, not for long.


DAN PRESTON: What I said still goes, Mae. Soon as I can get my claim filed I’m gonna start diggin’ and half of every shovelful is yours. You just leave word where I can reach ya’.


MAE: I’ll be right here, Dan. This town’s beginning to show signs of promise. Might even be room for a woman who knows how to run a good hotel.


JESS HARPER: I don’t see how you can miss, Mae. ‘Specially now that the sheriff’s badge is on the right shirt. Looks good on you, Chuck. Keep it that way.


CHUCK: I’ll do my best. (Offers his hand to JESS HARPER) Thanks, Jess.


JESS HARPER: You bet. Bye. (JESS HARPER walks over to his horse, tied to the hotel hitching post.)


DAN PRESTON: Well, goodbye folks.


(DAN PRESTON drives off. JESS HARPER mounts his horse and waves as he rides off.)




Geographic Reference

Danver’s Pass

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Red Bluff, Montana Territory, United States of America


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