“The Debt”


Season:     2 episode 25

Series Episode:  56

Air Date: April 18, 1961

Laramie TV series starring John Smith and Robert Fuller

A Revue Studios production



Repaying a debt can be costly.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith30Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller27Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Fred T. CotterAmerican Mail Company manager in DaggetRoy Barcroft58Credited
Mort CoryLaramie sheriffStuart Randall51Credited
HansonBounty hunterJason Evers39Credited
Harry Markle OutlawHarry Carey, Jr.39Credited
Simon PettisAmerican Mail Company bookkeeper in DaggetVaughn Taylor50Credited
ClovisDagget saloon girlMonica Lewis38Credited
Hortense CotterFred Cotter's wifeEllen Corby49Uncredited
Mrs. DavisDagget hotel housekeeperUncredited
Henry PiersonDagget sheriffEmile Meyer50Uncredited
JimDagget telegrapher48Uncredited
Dagget barflyChick Sheridan59Uncredited
Dagget barflyPhil Schumacher51Uncredited
Traveling jewelry salesmanDick Elliott74Uncredited
Dagget bartenderNesdon Booth42Uncredited



DirectorJoe Kane
WriterDavid Lang
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Music ScoreNathan Scott
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
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 DirectorCarter De Haven III
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy, Jr & Perry Murdock
Music SupervisorCyril J. Mockridge



Epilogue – based on “The Debt,” a script by David Lang



(JESS HARPER rides down the road to the ranch and slowly trots up to the Sherman ranch house.)


SLIM SHERMAN: (Comes out of the ranch house front door, wearing an apron) Howdy, stranger.


JESS HARPER: Hello, Slim.


SLIM SHERMAN: Just in time for supper.


JESS HARPER: (Dismounts) Well, I figured I had it just about timed right.


SLIM SHERMAN: Everything work out alright?


JESS HARPER: With Markle?




JESS HARPER: Yeah. Just fine. He’s free as a bird. Callin’ in the posters on ‘im.


SLIM SHERMAN: Ah, good. (Pats JESS HARPER’s left side)


JESS HARPER: (Flinches and grabs his ribs.)


SLIM SHERMAN: What’s the matter? You getting old?


JESS HARPER: Ah! No, just kinda worn out from stopping bullets.


SLIM SHERMAN: Did ya get hit in the ribs?


JESS HARPER: Where’d you think I got hit? In the head?


SLIM SHERMAN: I don’t know, Jess. Sometimes it’s kinda hard to tell.





Geographic References

Cedar City, Utah Territory, United States of America

Dagget, United States of America

Dodge City, Kansas, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

San Francisco, California, United States of America

Springfield, United States of America






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