Laramie (1959–1963)
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The Protectors 

Slim and Jess are drawn into a fight brewing between the ranchers and nesters. The nesters have hired Gil Craig and his crew to protect them which is forcing the ranchers to act. Gil's designs on a lead rancher's wife results in murder.


Lesley Selander


Oliver Drake (story), Lee Erwin (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Hoagy Carmichael ... Jonesy (credit only)
Robert Crawford Jr. Robert Crawford Jr. ... Andy Sherman
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Vince Edwards ... Gil Craig
Mari Aldon ... Celie Rawlins
Herbert Rudley ... Luke Rawlins
Robert Bray ... Sam Willard
William Phipps ... Roy Allen
Ted de Corsia ... Sam Greer
Baynes Barron ... Sheriff
Bobby Hall ... Conductor


Slim and Jess are tracking a Jersey milk cow that someone has stolen. They track it to their homesteader neighbor Roy Allen's farm. There they are ambushed by a group until Allen tells Gil Craig and his men to back off. The cow was borrowed due to their hungry baby. It's the sod-busters against the ranchers and the homesteaders have hired Gil Craig and his crew to protect them against cattlemen intent on driving them out of Laramie. Gil Craig has a different agenda and it involves starting a range war instead of stopping it. Slim and Jess are trying to keep a lid on a volatile situation, which is only made worse when rancher Luke Rawlins is murdered and the homesteaders are blamed. Luke was wanting to bring in hired guns from Texas which Slim was trying to stop. The Laramie Basin is in danger of blowing wide open and its up to Slim, Jess and the homesteaders to get to the truth behind the murder and Gil Craig before it's too late. Written by DarSpi

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22 March 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Twist of infidelity
13 March 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In 1960 what was called adult westerns were starting to flood our three networks and certainly this Laramie story qualifies as one with some very adult themes. It's the cattlemen versus the homesteaders with a twist of infidelity.

Slim Sherman and Jess Harper go to William Phipps's homestead looking for their Guernsey milk cow. They run into Vince Edwards and his band of hooligans who 'protect' the homesteaders from the ranchers like Herbert Rudley who leads the group. But Rudley and Edwards have their own issues between them, Mari Aldon who is Rudley's wife who Edwards has been regularly nailing.

So when Rudley turns up dead as a result of Edwards killing him Aldon and Edwards look to blame this all on the homesteaders and rancher feud.

These two, Edwards and Aldon, truly deserve each other. In fact the only ones behaving with any kind of honor are Phipps and John Smith in this affair. Even Robert Fuller is close to giving way to some baser impulses. There's a great scene in a railroad car where Aldon tries to seduce Fuller.

This definitely is one of the best of the black and white Laramie episodes.

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