“The General Must Die”
Season: 1 episode 10
Series Episode: 10
Air Date: November 17, 1959
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Hoagy Carmichael, Robert Crawford, Jr. and Robert Fuller
A Revue Studio production
General Sherman is coming to the Sherman ranch – straight into an ambush.
Cast & Crew Lists
|"Slim" Sherman||Owner - Sherman Ranch & Relay Station||John Smith||28||Credited|
|Jess Harper||Sherman ranch hand||Robert Fuller||26||Credited|
|"Jonesy"||Sherman foreman||Hoagy Carmichael||69||Credited|
|Andy Sherman||Owner - Sherman Ranch & Relay Station||Robert Crawford, Jr.||15||Credited|
|Brandon||Cashiered Union Army colonel||John Hoyt||54||Credited|
|Cauley||Brandon follower||Donald Barry||46||Credited|
|Whit Malone||Brandon's forward man||Brian Keith||38||Credited|
|Zack McCord||Laramie sheriff||Rober Nash||44||Credited|
|William Tecumseh Sherman||Chief of Staff - U.S. Army general||Gilman Rankin||47||Credited|
|Wilson||General Sherman's stage driver||Tom London||69||Credited|
|Charlie Yates||Brandon follower||Read Morgan||28||Credited|
|Zeke||Decoy stagecoach driver||Kenneth MacDonlad||58||Credited|
|Junction City telegraph agent||Jason Johnson||52||Credited|
|Elmer||Stagecoach driver||Bud Osborne||75||Uncredited|
|Roy||Decoy stagecoach shotgun||Uncredited|
|Secret service agent||Uncredited|
|Tucker||Union Army soldier||Mentioned|
|Director||Francis D. Lyon|
|Story||John C. Champion|
|Producer||John C. Champion|
|Laramie Theme||Cyril J. Mockridge|
|Music Score||Cyril Mockridge|
|Director of Photography||John L. Russell, A.S.C.|
|Associate Producer||Dan Ullman|
|Art Director||George Patrick|
|Editorial Dept. Head/Supervisor||Richard G. Wray, A.C.E.|
|Film Editor||Marston Fay|
|Musical Supervision||Stanley Wilson|
|Sound||John C. Grubb|
|Makeup Artist||Jack Barron|
|Hair Stylist||Florence Bush|
|Costume & Wardrobe||Vincent 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 Director||George Bisk|
|Set Decoration||Ralph Sylos|
Epilogue – based upon “The General Must Die,” a teleplay by John Dunkel and story by John C. Champion
(JESS HARPER and ANDY SHERMAN are guarding the two surviving Brandon men in the barn. SLIM SHERMAN and JONESY are changing the stagecoach team. The stagecoach driver, WILSON, is on the driver’s seat.)
SLIM SHERMAN: All set, Wilson.
WILSON: That was fast, Slim. Exactly four o’clock.
SLIM SHERMAN: (Approaches the stagecoach window.) Have a good trip, General Sherman.
GENERAL SHERMAN: You know me, Sir?
SLIM SHERMAN: I served under you. Twenty-third volunteers. Lieutenant Sherman, Sir. No relation.
GENERAL SHERMAN: Glad you’re doing so well, Lieutenant. Nice place you have. Quiet and peaceful. I envy you. Good luck.
SLIM SHERMAN: Good luck to you, Sir.
JONESY: Good trip.
SLIM SHERMAN: Oh, Wilson. When you get into town you can tell Zack McCord he can come out here. We have a little business for him.
WILSON: Alright. Get.
(Stagecoach leaves. GENERAL SHERMAN waves.)
SLIM SHERMAN: There’s one thing I hope.
JONESY: Yeah, I know. That we don’t have any more visits from old friends for a long time.
SLIM SHERMAN: Amen.
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