Laramie (1959–1963)
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Trail Drive 

A drought and the end of the stage line force Slim and Jess to join a cattle drive run by a stranger with their own herd in order for the ranch to survive. Jess is impressed with the hard nosed trail boss but they soon become suspicious.


Paul Landres




Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Hoagy Carmichael ... Jonesy
Robert Crawford Jr. Robert Crawford Jr. ... Andy Sherman
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Jim Davis ... Hake Ballard
Russ Conway ... Jake Tyler
Don C. Harvey ... Martin
Richard H. Cutting ... Bill - Rancher Going to Calgary (as Dick Cutting)
Willis Bouchey ... Frazer
Fred Coby Fred Coby ... Deputy Sheriff


A drought is plaguing the Laramie area hurting the ranchers and Laramie. Most of the local ranchers are driving their herds to Calgary but against the advice of Jess, Slim refuses to join them. The merchants are requesting cash from Jess and Andy when they go to Laramie. While there they witness Hake Ballard gun down a man who rode into town before him. Due to Jess's statement Hake is cleared by the deputy. During a meal together Jess learns Hake is taking a herd to the Sweetwater mining district over the Cherokee Trail which impresses Jess. It is too late to join the Calgary drive but Jess suggests they join Hake on his drive even though Jonesy says it is a dangerous trail at this time of the year. Slim is informed personally by Frazer who runs the stage line that they having to close the line due to a loss of business. With this news Slim decides to take Jess's advice. Andy stays behind while Slim and Jess join Hake with Jonesy on the chuck wagon. They soon learn Hake is a hard but ... Written by Anonymous

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12 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When the stage is coming into the Sherman relay station Jonesy says Mose is driving, but when we see the stage leaving neither the driver or shotgun rider is Mose. See more »

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Tough Times
11 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the best of Laramie episodes is this one about some tough times in the form of a drought that has hit the region. John Smith at first resists taking his cattle on a long drive to Calgary to market as he has Sherman station to run. But when Willis Bouchey of the home office tells him the Overland Stage is suspending operations it's too late to join the Calgary drive his neighbors have made.

The answer comes in the form of Jim Davis who arrives in Laramie by killing a pair of quitters the way John Wayne did in Red River. Davis is ramroding a cattle drive of his own and Slim Sherman decides to team up with him.

But Davis is far from Duke like heroic. Little things occur on the drive, but the arrival of Russ Conway and what he has to say and what they discover show David to be the really vile and evil creature he is.

Jim Davis had one disastrous movie debut opposite Bette Davis in one of her worst movies Winter Meeting. Fortunately he was most castable in westerns and had many great roles like this Laramie episode in our great American film genre.

One evil man, Jim Davis in this must see Laramie story.

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