Laramie (1959–1963)
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Ride into Darkness 

Jess rides to Danver's Pass to help Dan Preston who wrote him and to whom he owes a favor. However, when he arrives at Danver's Pass no one knows of Dan but it is obvious to Jess that everyone is lying under orders from Matt Jessup.


Lesley Selander


Jerry Adelman


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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman (credit only)
Hoagy Carmichael ... Jonesy (credit only)
Robert Crawford Jr. Robert Crawford Jr. ... Andy Sherman (credit only)
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Charles Drake ... Matt Jessup
Phyllis Avery ... Mae
Leo Gordon ... Rafe
Judson Pratt ... Sheriff
Kevin Hagen ... Henchman Pete
Brad Weston Brad Weston ... Chuck
Harry Shannon ... Wilson
Jason Robards Sr. ... Dan Preston
Stuart Randall ... Patterson


Jess Harper comes to Danver's Pass looking for Dan Preston and immediately runs afoul of Matt Jessup and his gang. Jessup owns the town and Jess is asking too many questions about Dan Preston. Preston is a prospector who helped Jess out of jam once and he's contacted Jess needing his help. Everybody in town denies ever hearing of Preston but circumstances convince Jess that whoever isn't in Jessup's pocket, like the sheriff, is too scared to talk. What little help he gets is from Mae at the hotel and Chuck, the deputy sheriff. When Jess' stubborn search nearly gets him killed, it's Mae who comes to his aid and admits what she knows about Dan and his gold strike. Time is running out for Dan unless Jess, Mae and Chuck can rescue him from Jessup's clutches and they'll risk their lives doing it. Written by DarSpi

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Release Date:

5 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Since Hoagy Carmichael and Robert Crawford Jr are both listed in the opening credits, this episode must have been intended for Season One. See more »

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Unexpected allies
15 March 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In answer to a friend's summoning for help Robert Fuller rides into an outlaw controlled town. Sheriff Judson Pratt is in the hip pocket of a gang run by Charles Drake and his two chief henchmen Leo Gordon and Kevin Hagen, Hagen's a real bottom feeder who likes to get real personal with use of a knife.

The outlaws have kidnapped Jess Harper's friend played by Jason Robards,Sr. and want him to disclose the location of a big strike he's made.

Fuller makes some unexpected allies in Phyllis Avery who is the hotel owner and the chattel of Drake so he thinks and of the honest deputy sheriff Brad Weston who knows his boss is a crook but could never do anything about it. In fact Weston proves invaluable in the final shootout.

The rest of the Laramie regulars don't appear so Fuller and a fine and familiar guest cast carries the load here.

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