Laramie (1959–1963)
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Jess Harper rides into Laramie looking for a man but when he is met by a hail of bullets he heads for the country. There he runs into Slim Sherman and his young brother in a less than friendly manner but it leads to a new friendship.


Herschel Daugherty


Robert Pirosh




Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Hoagy Carmichael ... Jonesy
Robert Crawford Jr. Robert Crawford Jr. ... Andy Sherman
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Dan Duryea ... Bud Carlin
Everett Sloane ... Judge Thomas J. Wilkens
Gordon Jones ... Clint
Jon Locke ... Matt
Don Haggerty ... Deputy Marshall
Dan Riss ... Marshall
John Mitchum ... Pete Morgan
Norman Willis ... Barkley
Gilman Rankin ... The Deputy (as Gil Rankin)
Harvey Stephens ... Print Shop Man
Boyd Stockman ... Franky


Jess Harper has drifted into Laramie, Wyoming Territory from Texas looking for the "friend" who stole his money. He gets a cold reception from the lawmen of Laramie when he's mistaken for a member of Bud Carlin's gang, out to spring one of their own from jail. Jess receives an even chillier reception from Slim Sherman co-owner of Sherman Ranch. Slim's kid brother Andy takes a shine to the stranger when Jess finds himself at the Sherman Relay Station on the Central Overland Mail stage Line. Slim's dislike of Jess intensifies when Andy makes it plain he'd rather partner with the drifter than his own brother. Slim and Jess are forced into an uneasy partnership when Bud Carlin shows up at the relay station and takes them hostage to impersonate the judge who is on his way to Laramie to try Pete Morgan, the "friend" Jess Harper has been looking for. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

15 September 1959 (USA) See more »

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Color (Pathé color)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Smith guest starred in two episodes of the 70's TV Series, Emergency, which starred Robert Fuller See more »


Though there's a number of goofs common to Westerns (eg, lunch rather than dinner), the principal one is a character stating that kidnapping is a capital offense. This was not true until the time of the Lindbergh Law, when states started making it punishable by death. See more »

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Where it all began
15 April 2013 | by sallybahnsenSee all my reviews

This episode sets up the scene and informs the viewer as to what Laramie is about. The information is cleverly woven into the dialogue by the writers so we are able to see a basic back story to some of the characters and why they are in the situation they are in. In this episode we meet the heroes of the show Slim Sherman (played by John Smith) and Jess Harper (Robert Fuller). If you've come this far then you probably have some idea of what Laramie is about. Slim Sherman inherits his ranch after his parents die. He lives there with his younger brother Andy (Robert Crawford Jr.) and a family friend Jonesy (Hoagy Carmichael). There lives are disrupted by the arrival of a drifter, Jess Harper. And while things do not start out smoothly for this unlikely pair, this is the start of what will become a strong friendship forged between the two men. I love this episode because it is the beginning of a great TV show that was first aired back in 1959 and is still going strong now, 53 years later, amongst its die-hard fans. The two main characters are quite different but there is a special bond between them that grows and strengthens over the four seasons. It's the kind of friendship that I think we would all like to have at one time or another. If you like action, drama, humour and a good dose of old-fashioned values, then I can not recommend this TV show highly enough. I think it has something for everyone, a show the whole family can enjoy.

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