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Laramie (TV Series 1959–1963) Poster

(1959–1963)

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The exterior sets of the old western town of Laramie in this series were not on the Warner Bros. back lot; they were filmed on the Universal Studios Western Street as Revue studios was located at Universal International Studios. Warner Bros. Laramie Street was used in the "Lawman" TV Series and for many years after it was also used in countless Warner Bros. motion picture and television projects. since the end of the "Laramie" television series. It had also been continuously rented out for filming to several non-Warner Bros. productions such as Little House on the Prairie (1974), among others. Known throughout the studio as "Laramie Street," it consisted of three streets of old western buildings and it was the last of two separate western sets to remain standing on the Warner Bros. lot. Another western street, which existed in the central portion of the studio's back lot, was demolished in the mid-'80s. Laramie Street remained in existence until 2000, when it was demolished to make way for a collection of modern-day exterior set houses.
The show was huge in Japan. It got a whopping 43% rating, became one of the most successful American TV series. When Robert Fuller came to Japan in 1961, about 100 thousand fans welcomed him at Haneda airport. During his visit, Fuller was invited to dinner with then prime minister Hayato Ikeda. Even the Beatles did not receive such an enthusiastic welcome when they first came to Japan in 1966.
The series was unique for its time in that the two lead characters actually "worked" on the ranch. They chopped wood, cooked, washed dishes, washed clothes, fed chickens, repaired roofs and did all the chores necessary to running a ranch. This aspect added an authenticity to the lead roles that you didn't see in other series.
Upon its switch to regular color broadcasts, this was one of the first series to inaugurate the new NBC Peacock logo of 1962- a kaleidoscope of concentric color circles with the text, "the following program is brought to you in living color..." It is known as the "Laramie Peacock."
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The main musical theme, written by Cyril J. Mockridge, also was used as the main theme in the 1945 film, "Thunderhead~Son of Flicka".
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The set that served as the Sherman Ranch and Relay Station appears in a 1960 episode of Wagon Train - The Larry Hanify Story.
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The first episode was broadcast in color. The rest of season 1 and season 2 were in black and white. Color started regularly in Season 3.
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