Lawman is the story of Marshal Dan Troop of Laramie, Wyoming and his deputy Johnny McKay, an orphan Troop took under his wing. In the second season Lily Merrill opens The Birdcage Saloon ...
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Lily Merrill opens her new saloon the "Birdcage" in Laramie after being run out of Billings, Montana. She allows the dealer Len Ferrell to work for her despite his actions in Billings and her better ...
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Lawman is the story of Marshal Dan Troop of Laramie, Wyoming and his deputy Johnny McKay, an orphan Troop took under his wing. In the second season Lily Merrill opens The Birdcage Saloon where she sings and entertains and has a close, unspoken relationship with Troop. Written by
In Season 3, Dan was injured a total of 5 times and shot 4 times (including being grazed twice). Johnny was injured 5 times but was not shot. Dan shot and injured 2 people, and shot and killed 22. Johnny shot and injured 3 people and shot and killed 5. Dan's more unusual injury was being shot in his gun hand and having to then shoot left handed. The most people shot and killed by Dan and Johnny in one episode in Season 3 were 4, in Lawman: The Escape of Joe Killmer (1960) Even though other trivia indicates in season three, Warner Brothers began toning down the violence on the show, the Season 3 numbers did not really reflect this. Dan killed 22 people in Season 2 and 22 in Season 3. Johnny's kills were cut in half, though, from 10 to 5. Those shot and injured by Dan were 2 each season, while Johnny's shot and wounded numbers went from 1 to 3. See more »
John Russel was excellently cast in this Western about protecting Laramie from the badder elements of society.
Russell, a former Marine, was straight and tall and worked wonderfully as the wise lawman who used his six-gun with deadly accuracy and regularity. Peter Brown as Deputy Johnny McKay was also fast in the leather slappin' dept.
Brown brought the young ladies in to view the weekly adventures while Russell, I'm sure, caught the attention of both women viewers and men.
This was a smart Western with a great theme song composed of male voices singing the praises of the "Lawman." Russell's steely eyes made the part of tough-guy Marshall believable. The epitome of what you would expect a real Marshall in the old west to be. Brown's good looks and athletic prowess made for some great action during the series.
I was sad to see Russell cast as a villain in the 1985 Clint Eastwood film, Pale Rider. Russell will forever remain one of the ultimate lawmen in the Old West in my mind as a result of this wonderful old Western series.
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