“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


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith30Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller28Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Dev Bardeen Sect memberMichael Forest32Credited
Mel BishopRancherBarton MacLane59Credited
Jason DuncanSect leaderFrank Overton43Credited
Willow DuncanJason Duncan's daughterAnita Sands22-23Credited
Tim BishopMel Bishop's sonWilliam Wellman, Jr.25Credited
MatherSect memberDon Harvey50Credited
ClaySect memberLarry Perron38Credited
MattSect memberStephen Barringer Credited
"Reb"Bishop's droverWarren Kemmerling 38Credited
Giant a.k.a. ButterMike Williams's pony / Willow Duncan's ponyUncredited
Sect member in group trying to steal cattle herdArnold Roberts39Unredited




DirectorJoe Kane
TeleplayPaul Savage & Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin
StoryDan Ullman
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorAlex Mayer
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Editorial Color ConsultantAlex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorRay C. de Vally
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundJohn W. Rixey
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 DirectorFrank Losee
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy &- Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on “The High Country,” a teleplay by Paul Savage, Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin and a story by Dan Ullman


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.)

Geographic Reference


Lodgepole Meadow



Beef Stew

Fire roasted side of beef                                                                                                                                                                           Pole Mountain, Laramie, WY









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