“The Mark of the Manhunters”


Season:     2 episode 21

Series Episode:  52

Air Date: March 14, 1961

Laramie TV series

A Revue Studios production



Outlaws follow Marshal Jim Craig and witness Gil Spanner to the Sherman Ranch. Are the good guys the bad guys or visa versa?


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith30Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller27Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Jim CraigU. S. MarshalCharles McGraw46Credited
BaileyOutlawJames Halerty13Credited
ColbyMrs. Farrell's hired gunDon Harvey59Credited
Devens OutlawDon O'Kelly36Credited
Valerie "Val" FarrellChad Farrell's wifeMarguerite Chapman43Credited
FinchMrs. Farrell's hired gunFred Coby45Credited
Gil SpannerWitnessJames Coburn32Credited
CharlieLaramie bartenderNestor Paiva55Credited
Boy cleaning jailJames BatesCredited
Boys (3)Uncredited
Outlaw shot on trailUncredited
E. Collyer M.D.Laramie doctorMentioned
Sam DonahueNeighboring rancherMentioned
Chad FarrellOutlawMentioned
Laramie sheriffMentioned



DirectorJoe Kane
TeleplayPaul Savage
Story John C. Champion
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
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, 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 DirectorJames Hogan
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on “The Mark of the Manhunters,” a teleplay by Paul Savage and story by John C. Champion



(A stagecoach is in the Sherman ranch yard. GILL SPANNER helps VALERIE FARRELL into the stagecoach.)




(SLIM SHERMAN and GIL SPANNER help JIM CRAIG into the stagecoach.)


JIM CRAIG: This job’s enough to make an old woman out of a man.


GIL SPANNER : Kinda hard to say what’s on my mind.


JESS HARPER: Well, don’t try. I think we all kinda know what it is. (Offers his hand to GIL SPANNER , who shakes it.) Good luck, Gil.


SLIM SHERMAN: (Offers his hand for GIL SPANNER to shake.) That goes for me, too.


GIL SPANNER : (Shakes SLIM SHERMAN’s hand) Thanks.


SLIM SHERMAN: I want you to come back and see us. Next time, make it so we’ll have a little more time to sit down and talk. (GIL SPANNER enters the stagecoach. SLIM SHERMAN ahuts the door and waves to the driver.) Alright. (Stagecoach leaves)


JESS HARPER: Well Slim, I’d say quite a few lives got changed in a mighty short time.


SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, Jess. Y’know, yours too!


JESS HARPER: Yeah, how do ya figure that?


SLIM SHERMAN: (Cradles his arm) Well, you’re goin’ to be doin’ twice as much work around here now. That’s, ah, that’s kind of a change.


(JESS HARPER moves as if he is going to hit SLIM SHERMAN in his wounded arm and SLIM SHERMAN glares at him until JESS HARPER claps him on the back and they both walk back towards the ranch house, grinning.)




Geographic Reference

Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America





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