“The Mountain Men”


Season:     3 episode 4
Series Episode:  68
Air Date: October 17, 1961
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



Eye for an eye vengeance drives a mountain man to the relay station.


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
Mort CoryLaramie sheriffStuart Randall52Credited
Ben SanfordCarl Sanford's sonDan Duryea54Credited
Carl SanfordMountain manJason Evers39Credited
John Sanford Carl Sanford's sonAlex Viespi28Credited
Mose ShellStagecoach driverEddy Waller71Credited
Joe Vance MurdererJohn Cliff42Credited
CalLaramie deputyFred Coby45Credited
Alby KingPrisoner stagecoach driverUncredited
HankStagecoach shotgunJohn McKee44Uncredited
Warren SanfordCarl Sanford's sonMentioned



DirectorJoe Kane
Teleplay Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin
StoryDan Ullman
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Music ScoreR. Dale Butts
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell - Alex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorRay C. de Vally
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundMelvin M. Metcalfe, Sr.
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 Moutain Men,” a teleplay by Donn Mullally & Lee Erwin and story by Dan Ullman


(MIKE  WILLIMAS and JESS HARPER are painting the house.)




JESS HARPER: Yeah, Mike?


MIKE WILLIAMS: How long are they gonna to keep John Sanford and his pa in jail?


JESS HARPER: Oh, I reckon they’ll keep Mr. Sanford in for quite a spell. Young John, he’s all healed up and back on the farm. Judge gave him a suspended sentence.




JESS HARPER: Yeah, so am I. If it hadn’t been for him we wouldn’t be here right now. (Paints a little more and stops.) Come to think of it, I wish I wasn’t here now anyway.




JESS HARPER: Nothing Mike, just complaining.


(SLIM SHERMAN appears, without his shirt but, with a bandage on his head, through the open window.)


SLIM SHERMAN: It’s a little messy over there. Jess. Better go over it again.


JESS HARPER:You think so, huh?




JESS HARPER: That little scratch you’ve got’s been healed up for three days. Why don’t you take that phony bandage off and come out here and help me?


SLIM SHERMAN: Sorry Jess, you know I can’t do that. Why, I’m confined to bed. Miss Daisy’d be might’ upset if she knew I was on my feet.


JESS HARPER: (Taking long swaths in his painting) Yeah, that’s right. I guess she reckon she would…(Suddenly and vigorusly, he paints over Slim’s left arm and chest.)


SLIM SHERMAN: Hey! (Disappears from window)


JESS HARPER: Hey, Daisy!


(DAISY COOPER hurries to where JESS HARPER is standing.)


DAISY COOPER: You called me, Jess?


JESS HARPER: Slim! You better come out here and show Miss Daisy that stuff ya got all over ya.


SLIM SHERMAN: (From inside the house) Never mind, I’m getting dressed.


DAISY COOPER: Getting dressed?


JESS HARPER: Oh yes, ma’am. Ole Slim’s all better. I think I’ll get a paint brush for him.


DAISY COOPER: (Brings brush up in her right hand to show JESS HARPER) I brought one.


JESS HARPER:Way ahead of me again, huh?


DAISY COOPER: (Laughing) Um, heh.


MIKE WILLIAMS: You know Miss Daisy. I’m not sure whether I want to grow up like Slim or Jess.


DAISY COOPER: (Indignantly) Well look here. You could do a lot worse.


MIKE WILLIAMS: I could do a lot better, too. I could grow up smart, like you.


JESS HARPER: (Pretends that he is going to paint MIKE WILLIAMS) Why you…


(MIKE  WILLIAMS runs away. JESS HARPER puts his arm around DAISY COOPER’s shoulder as both JESS HARPER and DAISY COOPER laugh.)



Historical Reference

Mountain Men

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States of America


Geographic References

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America






Scrambled eggs




Pork and beans




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