“The High Country”
Season: 3 episode 19
Series Episode: 83
Air Date: February 6, 1962
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studio production
Slim gets caught between a rock and a hard place when a rancher and mountain people battle over high meadow grazing land.
Cast & Crew Lists
|"Slim" Sherman||Owner - Sherman ranch and relay station||John Smith||30||Credited|
|Jess Harper||Sherman ranch hand||Robert Fuller||28||Credited|
|Daisy Cooper||Sherman housekeeper||Spring Byington||75||Credited|
|Mike Williams||Orphan||Dennis Holmes||11||Credited|
|Dev Bardeen||Sect member||Michael Forest||32||Credited|
|Mel Bishop||Rancher||Barton MacLane||59||Credited|
|Jason Duncan||Sect leader||Frank Overton||43||Credited|
|Willow Duncan||Jason Duncan's daughter||Anita Sands||22-23||Credited|
|Tim Bishop||Mel Bishop's son||William Wellman, Jr.||25||Credited|
|Mather||Sect member||Don Harvey||50||Credited|
|Clay||Sect member||Larry Perron||38||Credited|
|Matt||Sect member||Stephen Barringer||Credited|
|"Reb"||Bishop's drover||Warren Kemmerling||38||Credited|
|Giant a.k.a. Butter||Mike Williams's pony / Willow Duncan's pony||Uncredited|
|Sect member in group trying to steal cattle herd||Arnold Roberts||39||Unredited|
|Teleplay||Paul Savage & Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin|
|Laramie Theme||Cyril Mockridge|
|Director of Photography||Ray Rennahan, A. S. C.|
|Associate Producer||Dan Ullman|
|Art Director||Alex Mayer|
|Editorial Dept. Head/Supervisor||David J. O'Connell|
|Editorial Color Consultant||Alex Quiroga|
|Color Processing by||Consolidated Film Industries|
|Film Editor||Ray C. de Vally|
|Musical Supervision||Stanley Wilson|
|Sound||John W. Rixey|
|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||Frank Losee|
|Set Decoration||John McCarthy &- Perry Murdock|
Epilogue – based on “The High Country,” a teleplay by Paul Savage, Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin and a story by Dan Ullman
(MIKE WILLIAMS, JESS HARPER and SLIM SHERMAN are at the river. MIKE WILLIAMS is currying GIANT. SLIM SHERMAN and JESS HARPER are fishing.)
JESS HARPER: Looks like Mike’s goin’ to wear that horse’s hide plumb out…or his own arm.
SLIM SHERMAN: Well, from personal experince, Jess, I think Giant is gonna outlast ‘im. I was about his age when I got my first pony. Both my arms were numb from the shoulder down.
MIKE WILLIAMS: My arm’s not tired. Not yet, anyway.
JESS HARPER: Yeah. Well, come supper time you won’t even be able to lift a fork. You know, I heard a fellow starved to death that way once.
MIKE WILLIAMS: Well, I think we might starve a little too. You haven’t caught a thing yet.
SLIM SHERMAN: Why don’t you just get your pole and show us how it’s done.
MIKE WILLIAMS: I will, just as soon as I finish Giant’s other side. You know, he’s sure pretty. He really is. I don’t know how that girl ever gave him up.
SLIM SHERMAN: Oh, I don’t think she misses him, Mike. Now she’s got other things on her mind.
MIKE WILLIAMS: More fighting?
JESS HARPER: Yeah, that’s just about right.
MIKE WILLIAMS: Well I thought ya said that… well, the cattlemen and the mountain people, well, they divided up the grass land.
JESS HARPER: Yeah, Well he did. He also said that Ole Jason’s daughter and Tim Bishop were gonna to get married.
MIKE WILLIAMS: Well then what’s the fightin’ goin’ to be about?
JESS HARPER: What’s the fightin’ gonna be about?
(SLIM SHERMAN looks unhappy)
JESS HARPER: Shucks, a man don’t even know what real fightin’ is ’til he gets married.
SLIM SHERMAN: Jess, you gotta bite!
JESS HARPER: (Pulls lightly on his line) No I don’t.
SLIM SHERMAN: Musta got away.
(MIKE WILLIAMS walks back to curry GIANT)
SLIM SHERMAN: Maybe you just better concentrate on catchin’ supper, huh? Mike’ll find out about marriage soon enough.
JESS HARPER: (Looks back at MIKE WILLIAMS and then at SLIM SHERMAN) Yeah, I reckon you’re right.
(JESS HARPER and SLIM SHERMAN both smile.)
Fire roasted side of beef Pole Mountain, Laramie, WY
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