“The Sometimes Gambler”


Season:      4 episode 24
Series Episode: 116
Air Date: March 19, 1963
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



A man gambles that by going straight he can regain what he has lost.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith32Credited
Jess HarperPart owner - Sherman ranch and relay stationRobert Fuller29Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes12Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Mort CoryLaramie sheriffStuart Randall53Credited
IvesCheyenne marshalTru GarrettCredited
Dr. Losk Laramie doctorEd Prentiss54Credited
Irv RichardsLaramie stable workerJames Gregory51Credited
ReevesOutlawBing Russell36Credited
Mark WernerBankerBartlett Robinson50Credited
WilkersonOutlaw leaderMichael Forest33Credited
Ellen Irv Richard's daughterJacqueline Scott31Credited
Griffin "Griff"OutlawSteve WarrenCredited
MartyOutlawJohn Pickard49Credited
Boy with frogDennis Rush10-11Credtied
Clem Stagecoach driverUncredited
TomStagecoach driverUncredited
Irv Richard's grandsonUncredited
John Ellen's husbandMentioned



DirectorHollingsworth Morse
TeleplayDick Nelson
StoryJoyce Perry
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 EditorJohn C. Fuller, A. C. E.
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, 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 DecorationJohn McCarthy & Ralph Sylos



Epilogue – based on “The Sometime Gambler,” a teleplay by Dick Nelson and story by Joyce Perry


(SLIM SHERMAN and JESS HARPER are tossing MIKE WILLIAMS up in the air on a blanket in the Sherman ranch yard. All are laughing.)




SLIM SHERMAN: Higher? Up! Up!


DAISY COOPER: (Comes out of the house and runs over to them.) Slim! Jess! You stop! Stop this! Stop it I say! That’s enough. Fine way to air my blankets. (JESS HARPER and SLIM SHERMAN drop the blanket and MIKE WILLIAMS down to the ground.)


JESS HARPER: We were just getting the dust outta Mike, Daisy.


SLIM SHERMAN: Would ya like to be next?


DAISY COOPER: I suppose you think I couldn’t do it any more.


JESS HARPER: Daisy, is there somethin’ in your past you been keepin’ from us?


DAISY COOPER: Just don’t think you know everything about me, Jess Harper.


SLIM SHERMAN: (Looking down at MIKE WILLIAMS) What you got there, Tiger?


MIKE WILLIAMS: (Sitting on the ground, fingering the blanket) Aw, nothin’. Just I haven’t seen this blanket in a long time. Since Daisy washed it.


JESS HARPER: Well, what’s so special about it, pardner?


MIKE WILLIAMS: This is the blanket that was on Slim’s bed when Mr. Richards was here. (Shrugs) I sure feel sorry for him. Gettin’ dead and all after all he went through.


SLIM SHERMAN: I felt the same way, Mike, ’til I got to thinkin’ about it. Listen to this. (Sits down by MIKE WILLIAMS) Suppose there was a bird that had to live in a cage ever since he was hatched and as long as he could remember, he wanted to fly. But he didn’t have the room. He hated that cage. And one day he got out. And he flew. He flew high and wide and saw everything he wanted to. Then one day he died. But he sure was happy. Now would you feel sorry for him?


MIKE WILLIAMS: No, I guess not. ‘Cause I like to fly, too.




DAISY COOPER: Now, come, come.


MIKE WILLIAMS and SLIM SHERMAN: (Get up from the ground)


DAISY COOPER: The only thing that is going to fly around here today is the dust out of my blankets. Now I suggest you get busy at them.


(SLIM SHERMAN  and JESS HARPER cup the blanket between them.)




DAISY COOPER: (Looks back at SLIM SHERMAN, JESS HARPER and the blanket.) Wha…


(SLIM SHERMAN moves the blanket towards DAISY COOPER.)


JESS HARPER: It’s your turn.


DAISY COOPER: What?… Now Slim.. No! No! (Scurries off) No, Jess! No, Jess!


JESS HARPER: Get ‘er, Slim!


(SLIM SHERMAN and JESS HARPER chase DAISY COOPER into the ranch house.)


Geographic References

Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

The Hunter (may refer to Hunter Peak, Wyoming Territory, United Statesof America)

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America



Chicken and dumplings


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