Laramie (1959–1963)
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Handful of Fire 

Slim is a civilian scout for an Army officer who blames Slim for his ordering his men to massacre a Sioux village although Slim was not at fault. The tribes threaten war if the officer is not punished when he escapes to continue the fight.


Joseph Kane


Raphael Hayes (teleplay), Rod Peterson (story)


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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Spring Byington ... Daisy Cooper (credit only)
Dennis Holmes ... Mike Williams
George Macready ... Colonel John Barrington
Karen Sharpe ... Madge Barrington
Myron Healey ... Lt. Paul Harmon
John Pickard ... Sergeant Bailey
George Orrison George Orrison ... Corporal Reece
Maurice Manson Maurice Manson ... President of the Military Court
Herb Vigran ... Mess Sergeant Wells


Col. John Barrington is a fugitive, having escaped from Fort Laramie during his court martial for the massacre at Wounded Knee. Slim Sherman, who was present at the massacre and a witness at the court martial, finds himself taken hostage by the colonel's daughter, Madge, who's come to Laramie carrying papers that will guarantee her father's vision for the Native American population is carried out. What Barrington doesn't know is that he's lost support in Washington and he's now viewed as a traitor. For Slim it's out of the frying pan and into the fire when he escapes only to find that there are Sioux in the area. Now trapped with Barrington and a handful of his loyal officers, Slim has to negotiate with the Sioux warriors, who want Barrington to pay for his crimes. Slim, Madge, Barrington, and his men just might end up a sacrifice to Barrington's arrogance. Written by DarSpi

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5 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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One whacked out colonel
4 January 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Laramie episode begins with Slim Sherman doing some dispatch duty for the army and taking an order to Colonel George MacReady to halt an attack on a village. MacReady does not accept it and massacres the place including women and kids. Obviously this man is really deranged.

So why a lot of good men follow this nut into breaking him from jail after a court martial is beyond me.

The case is clearly based on the Sand Creek Massacre as opposed to the Wounded Knee Massacre. MacReady's character Colonel Barington is clearly based on Colonel Chivington of Sand Creek. Unforgivable error by Laramie writers.

MacReady is over the top with his genocidal policy views. So much so he should have been given a section 8 years ago.

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