“The Perfect Gift”


Season:     3 episode 14
Series Episode:  78
Air Date: January 2, 1962
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



Arapaho traditions dictate that when a life is saved from certain death, that life belongs to the one who saved it. This presents Slim with an interesting predicament.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith30Credited
Jess ShermanSherman ranch handRobert Fuller28Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
Lon CadyMatt Cady's brotherSteve WarrenCredited
Matt CadyCady head of familyJohn Anderson39Credited
Wayne CadyMatt Cady's brotherRussell Johnson37Credited
JacaroArapaho manEugene Iglesias35Credited
Sheriff Mort CoryLaramie sheriffStuart Randall52Credited
Quinto Winona's fatherMichael Pate41Credited
Winona Arapaho womanLisa Gaye26Credited
TessSaloon girlPamela Curran31Credited
Laramie bartenderDavid McMahon51Uncredited
Laramie saloon girlUncredited
Laramie storekeeperUncredited
Randy Cady Matt Cady's brotherMentioned
Mrs. RiggsMotherMentioned



DirectorLesley Selander
WriterTom Seller
ProducerJohn 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
Editorial Color ConsultantAlex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorDavid Rawlins
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundEarl Crain, 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, 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 DirectorGeorge Bisk
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on “The Perfect Gift,” a script by Tom Seller



(DAISY COOPER, WINONA and MIKE  WILLIAMS walk out of the front door of the Sherman ranch house.)

DAISY COOPER: You’re a sweet girl, Winona. (Hugs and kisses Winona on the cheek). I shall miss you.


WINONA: I shall miss you, too. (Winona runs her hand across the back of MIKE WILLIAM’s head.)


JESS HARPER: (Leaning on the ranch house hitching rail) Good luck, Winona.


WINONA: Thank you. (WINONA walks to SLIM SHERMAN, who is holding her horse.)You are a good man.


SLIM SHERMAN: But not the right man.


(WINONA mounts her horse and rides away with JACARO. JESS HARPER walks up to SLIM SHERMAN and claps him on the shoulder.)


SLIM SHERMAN: You know something, Jess.


JESS HARPER: Yeah, I know. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.








Historical Reference

Sand Creek Massacre


Geographic Reference

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America





Sunny side up eggs




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