“Trial by Fire”


Season:     3 episode 27
Series Episode:  91
Air Date: April 10, 1962
Laramie TV series starring John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington and Dennis Holmes
A Revue Studios production



More than the hills are on fire when Lars’ mail-order bride arrives.


Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
"Slim" ShermanOwner - Sherman ranch and relay stationJohn Smith31Credited
Jess HarperSherman ranch handRobert Fuller28Credited
Daisy CooperSherman housekeeperSpring Byington75Credited
Mike WilliamsOrphanDennis Holmes11Credited
Lars CarlsonWidower/FarmerKarl Swenson53Credited
Zoe Carter (alias Sarah Deats)Former saloon girlCloris Leachman35Credited
Hank EmoryZoe Carter's former boyfriend/Ex-convictJason Ever40Credited
GarthLars Carlson's stepsonJan Merlin53Credited
Sarah Deats Mail order brideMentioned



DirectorJoe Kane
WriterGeorge Slavin
ProducerJohn Champion
Laramie ThemeCyril Mockridge
Director of PhotographyRay Rennahan, A. S. C.
Associate ProducerDan Ullman
Art DirectorAlexander A. Mayer
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 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, 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 DirectorRay Taylor, Jr.
Set DecorationJohn McCarthy Jr & Robert C. Bradfield



Epilogue – based on the script “Trial by Fire” by George Slavin


(DAISY COOPER is sitting in front of the fireplace reading the newspaper. MIKE WILLIAMS is popping popcorn in the fireplace. JESS HARPER is lying on the floor behind DAISY COOPER and MIKE WILLIAMS. SLIM SHERMAN is sitting on the chaise lounge with the DOG lying at his feet.)


DAISY COOPER: Oh my! (Reads from the newspaper) “Damage from the blaze has been estimated at ten thousand dollars. Credit for checking the flames goes to a number of local ranchers who fought for three days before bringing the fire under control.”


MIKE WILLIAMS: Hey, that’s us! We’re the local ranchers.


(The DOG gets up and goes over to JESS HARPER. The dog licks JESS HARPER’s face and nuzzles his bandaged arm.)


JESS HARPER: Hey girl, what ya’ doin’ huh? (Pause) Hey, Mike! Your popcorn’s on fire. (Laughs)


(Burning corn jumps out of the wire cage and MIKE WILLIAMS jumps back to DAISY COOPER, spilling more of the burning popcorn on the floor.)




(SLIM SHERMAN jumps up and stomps out the burning kernels.)


MIKE WILLIAMS: Gee, Slim, I’m sorry.


SLIM SHERMAN: (Kneels in front of MIKE WILLIAMS) Well, it’s sure a good thing you weren’t on that fireline. The whole Wyoming territory would have gone up in smoke.




Geographic References

Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

Laramie, Wyoming Territory, United States of America

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America



Apple cider


Janssons Frestelse

Meat sandwiches







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