Lawman (1958–1962)
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The Young Toughs 

Ike Smith's three ranch hands are young, tough and don't respect authority. He is killed trying to fire them so they go to Laramie. Troop is away and their attitude makes Johnny take notice. They won't go away without forcing a showdown.


Clair Huffaker


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Episode cast overview:
John Russell ... Marshal Dan Troop
Peter Brown ... Deputy Johnny McKay
Sig Ruman ... Hans Steinmayer
Barbara Lang ... Julie Tate
Tom Gilson ... Hoak Barnes
Van Williams ... Zachary Morgan
Eric Morris ... Joey Young
Morris Ankrum ... Ike Smith
Emory Parnell ... Hank the Bartender


Three young cowhands hired by Ike Smith are more interested in making a name for themselves than working. When Ike fires them, Hoak shoots and kills him. They take Ike's money and leave for Laramie. At the same time Troop is leaving Laramie to check on Ike and his hands. His advice to Johnny is to back away from trouble - if he can. When the young toughs arrive in Laramie and accost Julie, he tells them to move on. At the saloon they become abusive forcing Hank, the bartender, to ask Johnny for help. While seated with a cup of coffee and his hands under the table, he forces the three toughs to leave as they think he has a gun but it is a teaspoon. When they hear everyone laughing at what happened in the restaurant, they shoot at the chef and go after Johnny. He kills Hoak and Troop arrives unnoticed in time to wound Zach. When Johnny tries to apologize for not backing down, Troop replies you can't always do it. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

12 April 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a case of life imitating art, Tom Gilson was shot and killed three years later by his estranged wife Saundra Edwards after breaking into her home while drunk. He had previously been physically abusive towards her as his character was towards others here. See more »

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