“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
|"Slim" Sherman||Owner - Sherman ranch and relay station||John Smith||31||Credited|
|Jess Harper||Sherman ranch hand||Robert Fuller||28||Credited|
|Daisy Cooper||Sherman housekeeper||Spring Byington||75||Credited|
|Mike Williams||Orphan||Dennis Holmes||11||Credited|
|Lars Carlson||Widower/Farmer||Karl Swenson||53||Credited|
|Zoe Carter (alias Sarah Deats)||Former saloon girl||Cloris Leachman||35||Credited|
|Hank Emory||Zoe Carter's former boyfriend/Ex-convict||Jason Ever||40||Credited|
|Garth||Lars Carlson's stepson||Jan Merlin||53||Credited|
|Sarah Deats||Mail order bride||Mentioned|
|Laramie Theme||Cyril Mockridge|
|Director of Photography||Ray Rennahan, A. S. C.|
|Associate Producer||Dan Ullman|
|Art Director||Alexander A. Mayer|
|Editorial Dept. Head/Supervisor||David J. O'Connell|
|Editorial Color Consultant||Alex Quiroga|
|Color Processing by||Consolidated Film Industries|
|Film Editor||Ray C. de Vally, A. C. E.|
|Musical Supervision||Stanley Wilson|
|Sound||Earl Crain, Jr.|
|Makeup Artist||Jack Barron|
|Hair Stylist||Florence Bush|
|Costume & Wardrobe||Vincent 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 Director||Ray Taylor, Jr.|
|Set Decoration||John 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.)
DAISY COOPER: Oh!
(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.
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