“The Marshals”


Season:      4 episode 29
Series Episode: 121
Air Date: April 30, 1963
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studio production



“Bible shows a man right from wrong in his heart. The law spells it out in his head,” says Territorial Marshal Branch McGary. So which will he choose when Jess’ life is on the line?


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith32Credited
Jess HarperPart owner - Sherman ranch and relay stationRobert Fuller29Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington76Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes12Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Clint Buckner Outlaw leaderRobert Wilke48Credited
Vern BucknerClint Buckner's brother/OutlawDennis Patrick45Credited
Mort CoryLaramie sheriffStuart Randall53Credited
Reb Carlton Deputy territorial marshalWilliam Bryant39Credited
Davis Member Ironwood Citizen's CommitteeHouse Peters, Jr.47Credited
De Walt OutlawKern Dibbs45Credited
Mr. JethroeIronwood Justice of the PeaceGene Roth60Credited
Branch "Mac" McGary Territorial marshalDavid McLean42Credited
RaffertyMember Ironwood Citizen's CommitteeHugh Sanders52Credited
Ragan OutlawJohn Pickard49Credited
Slater OutlawMichael Mickler30Credited
"Doc" Tyler Laramie doctorEd Prentiss54Credited
"Patches" Tumbleweed wagon driverReginald Gardiner60Credited
Ironwood doctorJason Robards, Sr. 70 -deceasedUncredited



DirectorWilliam Whitney
TeleplayAlbert Aley
StoryJohn Champion
ProducerJohn Champion
Assistant to ProducerRod Peterson
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorRussell Kimball
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Editorial Color ConsultantAlex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorRay C. de Vally, A. C. E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundEarl Crane, Jr.
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 DirectorJohn Clarke Bowman
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Ralph Sylos



Epilogue – based on “The Marshals,” a teleplay by Albert Aley and story by John C. Champion


(A tumbleweed wagon rolls toward the Sherman ranch yard. JESS HARPER’s HORSE is tied to the back. MIKE WILLIAMS climbs up on the pasture fence, sees the wagon and runs towards the ranch house.)


MIKE WILLIAMS: (Runs in the front door of the ranch house. ) Slim, Aunt Daisy! Slim! Come quick! (Runs out of the ranch house, followed by DAISY COOPER and SLIM SHERMAN.) Look!


DAISY COOPER: What kind of a contraption is that?


SLIM SHERMAN: That’s a travelling jail. Call it a tumbleweed wagon.


DAISY COOPER: Tumbleweed?


SLIM SHERMAN: Yeah, it’s always on the move, pickin’ up lawbreakers.


DAISY COOPER: Why’s it coming here?


SLIM SHERMAN: I don’t know.


BRANCH MCGARY: (Dismounts and walks toward SLIM SHERMAN and DAISY COOPER) This the Sherman ranch?


SLIM SHERMAN: That’s right.


BRANCH MCGARY: Branch McGary, Territorial Marshal. I brought a…


DAISY COOPER: (Interupts) You’re not bringing a criminal here?


BRANCH MCGARY: Yes, ma’am. He’s awful dangerous. But I’m afraid I’m goin’ to have to leave him here.


SLIM SHERMAN: Now wait a miute.


(JESS HARPER, left arm in a sling inside the body of his jacket, appears in the door of the tumbleweed wagon and is helped out by PATCHES and REB CARLTON.)




DAISY COOPER: (Sympathetically) Oh, no.


JESS HARPER: (Slowly walks forward, holding his left hand) Slim, Daisy, Mike. Well, what’s the matter? Aren’t you glad to see me?






Geographic References

Edgerton, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Ironwood, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Stillwater Crossing, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Stone Canyon, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Sundance, Wyoming Territory, United States of America


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