“The Stranger”


Season:      4 episode 28
Series Episode: 120
Air Date: April 23, 1963
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



A strangely honest cattle rustler poses a moral dilemma for Slim and Jess.


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 Byington76Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes12Credited
Slim's horseAlamoUncredited
HootJess' horseHootUncredited
Mort CoryLaramie sheriffStuart Randall
Vanton MadoxMadox sheriffDewey Martin39Credited
Emil ViktorConvicted murdererKarl Swenson54Credited
Lorena Carver ViktorEmil Viktor's wifeGeraldine Brooks37Credited
CalebPosse memberLee Van Cleef
CarlLorena Carver's sonScott McCartor9Credited
"Doc"Laramie doctorEd Prentiss54Credited
SergeantArmy moutaineer sergeantL. Q. Jones35Credited
Madox deputies (3)Uncredited
Madox deputyCecil CombsUncredited
Lorena Carver's daughters (2) Uncredited
WilkensLaramie rancherMentioned



DirectorJesse Hibbs
WriterDonald S. Sanford
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 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, 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 DirectorCarter DeHaven, III
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy & Ralph Sylos



Epilogue – based on “The Stranger,” a script by Donald S. Sanford


(Sunrise in the Sherman ranch yard. LORENA VIKTOR’s children are getting into a buckboard. DAISY COOPER, SLIM SHERMAN, JESS HARPER, EMIL VIKTOR and LORENA VIKTOR are by the buckboard.)


LORENA VIKTOR: Thank you for being so good to us.


DAISY COOPER:You’re more than welcome We’re sorry you’re leaving, but I can imagine that you are eager to be on your own again.


EMIL VIKTOR: I can’t tell you how good it is to be free, to go where you want to go.


JESS HARPER: Now that the charges against you are dismissed, I can’t figure why you want to go to Canada, Emil.


EMIL VIKTOR: Big country. Not unlike my homeland. And, ah, we will miss our good friends here, but it would be so good to start over again.


JESS HARPER: Well, I can’t blame you for that and I wish you a lot of luck.


EMIL VIKTOR: I, ah, I would not soon forget what you and Slim have done for us.


SLIM SHERMAN: You did a couple of things for us we won’t forget. And the folks that live in that town in Colorado they used to call Madox…


LORENA VIKTOR: Used to.. have they changed the name?


JESS HARPER: Well not officially, but since the government uncovered so much about the Madox family and Emil’s fake trial, they are thinking about calling the town Viktorville.


EMIL VIKTOR: Oh! (Laughs)


ALL: (Laugh)




ALL: Bye!


(EMIL VIKTOR drives off midst waving by ALL.)



Historical Reference

Fort Platte


Geographic References


Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Madox, Colorado Territory, United States of America

Old Indian Trail


Wind Canyon, Wyoming Territory, United States of America





Blackberry pudding


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