“The Runaway”


Season:     3 episode 17
Series Episode:  81
Air Date: January 23, 1962
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



Both learn a lesson when Jess takes responsibility for a wayward orphan on a self-destructive path.


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
Mort CoryLaramie sheriffStuart Randall52Credited
SindleyLaramie doctorWill Wright67Credited
Bill WatkinsTeenagerJack Chaplain19Credited
Ezra Watkins Bill Watkin's uncle/Laramie storekeeperTrevor Bardette59Credited
Ed Laramie hotel clerkHal K. Dawson65Credited
Johnny CadgeJames Best35Credited
Samson "Sam"CadgeHal Baylor42Credited
Man with grain in his wagonBarry Brooks52Credited
Miss Kingsley Laramie school teacherMentioned



DirectorLesley Selander
WriterMeyer Dolinsky
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril J. Mockridge
Music ScoreCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorAlex Mayer
Editorial Dept. Head/SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Editorial Color ConsultantAlex Quiroga
Color Processing byConsolidated Film Industries
Film EditorJohn C. Fuller, A.C.E.
Musical SupervisionStanley Wilson
SoundWilliam Russell
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 DirectorWallace Worsley
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Perry Murdock



Epilogue – based on “The Runaway,” a script by Meyer Dolinsky


(BILL WATKINS is looking for something on the floor by the general store counter.)


EZRA WATKINS: Oh, would ya look what they done to my store.


JESS HARPER: You’re lucky you’re alive, Ezra. That oughta count for somethin’.


EZRA WATKINS: (Leans over the counter to talk to BILL) What d’ya lookin’ for?


BILL WATKINS: (Pulls out Ben Franklin’s Almanac) Here it is, Mrs. Cooper. (Offers the book to DAISY COOPER.)


DAISY COOPER: I told you it was a present and I meant it.


BILL WATKINS: Thank you, ma’am. (Reads from the book) “Experience is an expensive school, but a fool can learn in no other.”


EZRA WATKINS: Did you just read that? I swear? What’s it mean?


BILL WATKINS: It means ya’ gotta kick some people in the head to learn ’em anything.


JESS HARPER: (Looks at DAISY COOPER and then moves towards BILL WATKINS) I was that kind of a fool today, Bill.


BILL WATKINS: So was I, Jess. (Offers JESS HARPER his hand)


(JESS HARPER and BILL WATKINS shake hands warmly.)




Historical References

Benjamin Franklin

Poor Richard’s Almanack


Geographic Reference

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America





Fire roasted chicken

Corn on the cob

Roast Beef



Boiled potatoes



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