“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


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith28Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller26Credited
"Jonesy"Sherman foremanHoagy Carmichael69Credited
Andy ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationRobert Crawford, Jr.15Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
BrandonCashiered Union Army colonelJohn Hoyt54Credited
CauleyBrandon followerDonald Barry46Credited
Whit MaloneBrandon's forward manBrian Keith38Credited
Zack McCordLaramie sheriffRober Nash44Credited
William Tecumseh ShermanChief of Staff - U.S. Army generalGilman Rankin47Credited
Wilson General Sherman's stage driverTom London69Credited
Charlie YatesBrandon followerRead Morgan28Credited
ZekeDecoy stagecoach driverKenneth MacDonlad58Credited
Junction City telegraph agentJason Johnson52Credited
CollinsBrandon followerUncredited
Elmer Stagecoach driverBud Osborne75Uncredited
RoyDecoy stagecoach shotgunUncredited
Stage passengerUncredited
Secret service agentUncredited
TuckerUnion Army soldierMentioned



DirectorFrancis D. Lyon
TeleplayJohn Dunkel
StoryJohn C. Champion
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyJohn L. Russell, A.S.C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorRichard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Film EditorMarston Fay
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundJohn C. Grubb
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 DirectorGeorge Bisk
Set DecorationRalph 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.





Historical References

William Tecumseh Sherman

23rd Illinois Volunteers

Hadleyburg (The context in which this ispresented may indicate a tongue -in-cheek reference to Mark Twain’s “The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg”)


Geographic Reference

Bandon City, Oregon, United States of America

Hackettstown, New Jersey, United States of America






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