“The Dynamiters”


Season:     3 episode 22
Series Episode:  86
Air Date: March 6, 1962
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



Fifty thousand dollars present an explosive situation for Jess.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith31Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller28Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Dave BoydOutlawMark AndrewsCredited
Katie CurtisSaloon girlPamela Curran32Credited
Dan GarnesDeputy U.S. MarshalMyron Healey38Credited
Peter HoddingSarah Hodding's sonStephen BarringerCredited
Sarah HoddingWidowJean Allison32Credited
Bob MurklandOutlawRussell Johnson37Credited
NeelyDeputy U. S. Marshal
George Orrison32Credited
Jim TenneyU.S. MarshalRobert Bray44Credited
Bundy WilcoxLaramie bank presidentWillis Bouchey54Credited
Laramie freight agentNorman Leavitt48Credited
J. HarleyLaramie barberUncredited
BurtDeputy U.S. MarshalUncredited
Mort CoryLaramie sheriffMentioned
Willard Smith Laramie storekeeperMentioned



DirectorLesley Selander
TeleplayRon Bishop
StoryDan Ullman
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorLawrence Gandy
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
SoundLyle Cain
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 DirectorCarter DeHaven, III
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on the teleplay by Ron Bishop and story by  Dan Ullman


(SARAH HODDING, DAISY COOPER, PETER HODDING, JESS HARPER and MIKE WILLIAMS come out of the Sherman ranch house onto the front porch.)


SARAH HODDING: It was very nice of you to share your Sunday supper with us, Mrs. Cooper.


DAISY COOPER: Oh, we enjoyed having you. I hope you and Peter will have a safe trip. Write to us soon.


SARAH HODDING: Thank you. We will.


JESS HARPER: I wish you’d listen, Sarah. Oregon’s a long was off with the little you’ve got to go on.


SARAH HODDING: I know, Jess. I suppose we’re foolish but, we’ve talked it over.


PETER HODDING: We figure’d we couldn’t go back to the cabin to stay. So what it amounts to, Jess.


JESS HARPER: I reckon I understand.


SARAH HODDING: Jess, our wagon is gone!


JESS HARPER: Well, so it is.


SARAH HODDING: Well, our wagon. That’s all we have in the world, Jess. (Starts off the porch)




JESS HARPER: I wouldn’t say that, Sarah.


(DAISY COOPER, JESS HARPER and SARAH HODDING look the opposite direction as they hear the sound of an approaching Conestoga wagon. SLIM SHERMAN is driving and JIM TENNEY is aboard.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Whoa. (Steps down on the horse’s back quarters) Easy boy.


SARAH HODDING: I don’t understand.


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, the, ah, new wagon was Marshall Tenney’s idea. And….well, Jess and I talked to the stage line into donatin’ those horses.




JIM TENNEY: Well ma’am, if that money hadn’t been recovered I’d be back to skinnin’ mules.


DAISY COOPER: And Sarah, besides all your personal belongings in there, there’s everything you could possibly want on the trip.


MIKE WILLIAMS: Includin’ a dog for Pete. (HOUND barks.)


JESS HARPER: Plus a thousand dollar reward. (Hands SARAH HODDING an envelope)


SARAH HODDING: Wha’. .. Oh, Jess, you were the one that…


JIM TENNEY: Now Jess tells it differently. If it hadn’t been for your son here, Murkland might never have been taken. We’re real proud a’ you, boy.


SARAH HODDING: (Looks around) Oh, I don’t know what to say.


JESS HARPER: Well, there’s nothin’ left to say, ‘cept goodbye. If it sounds like we’re hurryin’ you a little, we are. See there’s a wagon train coming to the forks in a couple minutes. We arranged for you to go along with ’em.


(SARAH HODDING impulsively grabs JESS HARPER by the cheeks and kisses him soundly. HOUND barks. SLIM SHERMAN claps JESS HARPER on the back. PETER and SARAH HODDING get into the wagon. They leave, with PETER HODDING and the dog watching from the back. PETER HODDING waves and JIM TENNEY, SLIM SHERMAN, JESS HARPER, DAISY COOPER and MIKE WILLIAMS wave back.)




Historical Reference

Lincoln County Wars


Geographic References

Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Denver, Colorado Territory, United States of America

Oregon, United States of America 

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Denver, Colorado Territory, United States of Amercia

Prescott, Arizona Territory, United States of America


Musical Reference

Tenting on the Old Camp Ground






Venison broth



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