“The Road to Helena”


Season:      4 episode 32
Series Episode: 124
Air Date: May 21, 1963
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



Slim agrees to help a bank robber return $50,000, if the law doesn’t help itself to the cache first.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith32Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
Atkins Cody saloon ownerBob Anderson42Credited
BradfordOutlawJohn M. Pickard49Credited
David Franklin Helena bank teller/OutlawHenry Hull72Credited
Ruth Franklin David Franklin's daughterMaggie Pierce31Credited
Frank"King of Cody" Ross Cody deputy/OutlawRobert Colbert31Credited
Jamie RossFrank Ross' brotherDan Krohn24Credited
Brody TrapperUncredited
Sam SwamperUncredited
Rancher's sonUncredited



DirectorHerman Hoffman
TeleplayJohn McGeevey
StoryDan Ullman
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, Charles Horvath, Robert F. Hoy, Loren Janes, Allen Pinson, Chuck Roberson, Ronnie Rondell Jr., Dean Smith, Tom Steele, Boyd Stockman (stunt double for John Smith), Jerry Summers, Jack Williams
Assistant DirectorBen Bishop
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Ralph Sylos



Epilogue –  based on “The Road to Helena,” a teleplay by John McGeevey and story by Dan Ullman


(DAVID and RUTH FRANKLIN are at the campfire.)


DAVID FRANKLIN: Oh, ah, thank you baby, Thank you. (Takes a cup of coffee from RUTH FRANKLIN as SLIM  SHERMAN comes around the boulder behind them. DAVID FRANKLIN clears his throat.) Hmm. Nice shootin’, son. Nice shootin’.


RUTH FRANKLIN: Don’t try to talk, Dad.


DAVID FRANKLIN: I got to, honey. I got some explaining to do.


SLIM SHERMAN: No you don’t. You know, I’m sorry you got hurt. You know, about your running out there with the money, that gave me the chance I was lookin’ for.


DAVID FRANKLIN: That was the idee, son. That was the idee. Here, take a look. (Hands the satchel to SLIM SHERMAN)


RUTH FRANKLIN: Stop pretending. We both know the money means more to you than anything or anybody.


DAVID FRANKLIN: You seem mighty sure of that, baby.


SLIM SHERMAN: (Opens the satchel. It is full of crumpled paper.)


DAVID FRANKLIN: (Laughs) I switched it last night. The money is in the water barrel on the wagon.


RUTH FRANKLIN: Then you weren’t trying to…


DAVID FRANKLIN: Run out on you. No, honey, I – I’m getting a little too old for that kind of thing. Son, do you think you can get us back on the road to Helena?


SLIM SHERMAN: Mr. Franklin, we’ve never been off of it.





Geographic References

Billings, Montana Territory, United States of America

Cody, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Helena, Montana Territory, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Lolo Trail, United States of America

Yellowstone, United States of America





Fried chicken





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