Laramie (1959–1963)
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Jess's friend John MacLean is being chased by a posse for the murder of the sheriff and another man. They try to lynch him but Slim and Jess force a trial but the court is illegal. When John is lynched by them, Jess wants justice.


Herschel Daugherty


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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Hoagy Carmichael ... Jonesy (credit only)
Robert Crawford Jr. Robert Crawford Jr. ... Andy Sherman (credit only)
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Thomas Mitchell ... Judge Matthew Hedrick
Warren Stevens ... James Hedrick
L.Q. Jones ... John MacLean
Harry Dean Stanton ... Vern Cowan (as Dean Stanton)
Grant Richards ... Isaih Carter
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Judge (as Thomas B. Henry)
Leake Bevil Leake Bevil ... Canyon Rider
Paul E. Burns ... Prospector
Walter Coy ... Prosecutor


It's a case of murder and revenge when a friend of Jess Harper's is unjustly accused, tried, convicted and hung for the murder of Doc Webb and Sheriff Kiley. The problem is John MacLean was an innocent man and Jess was looking for the real murderer while Slim Sherman tried to stop the trial being held at Sherman ranch. When Jess gets back to the ranch with the real murderer he finds John MacLean dangling from a tree and Slim nursing a head wound. Jess is enraged at all the men who participated in the kangaroo court, including Judge Matthew Hedrick and his son Jim. His desire for justice for MacLean may cost him his friendship with Slim and possibly his freedom when the men responsible are found guilty but without criminal intent and set free. Written by DarSpi

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24 November 1959 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Rush to Judgment
3 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode has two old trail acquaintances of Jess Harper come to Laramie. One of them Harry Dean Stanton kills both the town doctor and sheriff of Laramie. The other is L.Q. Jones who is accused of the deed.

When both John Smith and Robert Fuller stop a lynching from an illegally constituted posse, the leader of said posse Warren Stevens says that we'll have a trial and I'll get by father retired judge Thomas Mitchell to preside.

Let's say that jurisprudence was not exactly observed and Robert Fuller comes back to Sherman station to find L.Q. Jones swinging from a tree limb and John Smith with a cracked open head. After that he's taking names and addresses.

It was hardly unreasonable for Slim Sherman and Jess Harper to ask for the legally constituted law to step in and have Stanton who was Robert Fuller's captured prisoner to wait for circuit judge Thomas Browne Henry to deal with. The answer is in the character of Mitchell who in his day had the reputation of a hanging judge. Values he imparted to his son Stevens.

Best scene in the film is Fuller with Stanton in tow confronting the 'posse' celebrating their work at the Laramie saloon.

Could have come from The Oxbow Incident.

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