“The Run to Tumavaca”


Season:   1 episode 9

Series Episode:  9

Air Date: November 10, 1959

Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Hoagy Carmichael, Robert Crawford, Jr. and Robert Fuller

A Revue Studio production



“The bigger hurry you’re in, the more things go wrong,” is Slim’s prophetic statement. Soon thereafter, Jess hurries down to Mexico with an old flame.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationJohn Smith28Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller26Credited
Andy ShermanOwner - Sherman Ranch & Relay StationRobert Crawford, Jr.15Credited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Arnold De WaltOwner of the Diamond D RanchJohn Archer45Credited
Laurel De WaltDe Walt's wifeGena Rowlands29Credited
Gara Bounty hunterRobert J. Wilke45Credited
George HannahDiamond D foremanJohn Alderson43Credited
Montero RiosRancher in MexicoTom Hernandez44Credited
Josh Roy's brother/Bounty hunterKevin Hagen31Credited
RoyBounty hunterHarry Lauter35Credited
Mexican VillagerMexican villagerJoe Dominguez65Credited
"Tex"Stagecoach driverUncredited




DirectorLesley Selander
TeleplayPaul Savage
StoryJohn Falvo & Paul Savage
ProducerJohn C. Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreHans Salter
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorRichard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Film EditorRay 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 Fox
Set DecorationPerry Murdock



Epilogue – based upon “The Run to Tumavaca” script by Paul Savage


(SLIM SHERMAN and JESS HARPER are on the trail and in their evening camp.)


SLIM SHERMAN: We’ll be home tomorrow.


JESS HARPER: “Home.” That’s a nice word.


SLIM SHERMAN: A little while ago you told me something you said to Mrs. DeWalt about belonging and now you’re mooning over the word “home.” (Smacks his lips) Well, I think the Big Open’s almost lost you for good.


JESS HARPER: Yeah, well I notice you still like to break away once in a while.


SLIM SHERMAN: Only often enough to know it’s still out there.


JESS HARPER: Don’t try to josh me. You’ve never completely lost that itch any more than I have, or will.


SLIM SHERMAN: Well, maybe that’s true. But for Andy, I can’t scratch that itch as often as you can.


JESS HARPER: It’s not too hard to get you on the trail, Slim.


SLIM SHERMAN: Now that’s true. Just you with one foot in trouble and the other in a barrel of axle grease.


JESS HARPER: (Indignantly) That ain’t so!



Historical Reference

Warm Springs Apache


Geographic References

Casper, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Chato, New Mexico Territory, United States of America

El Paso, Texas, United States of America

Rio Grande River, United States of America

Sangre de Christo Mountains, United States of America

South Platte River, United States of America

Tumavaca, Mexico

Virginia City, Nevada, United States of America







Mulligan Stew




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