Laramie: Season 1, Episode 13

Bare Knuckles (8 Dec. 1959)

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Anxious to help pay the bills at the financially-strapped station, Jonesy becomes the promoter for a traveling prizefighter whose bouts aren't always on the up-and-up.

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Robert Crawford Jr. ...
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Don Megowan ...
Terry Mulligan
Wally Brown ...
Brad Holvig
Eddy Waller ...
Hal Baylor ...
Cowboy Hill
Charles Tannen ...
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Anxious to help pay the bills at the financially-strapped station, Jonesy becomes the promoter for a traveling prizefighter whose bouts aren't always on the up-and-up.

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John Smith had boxing experience prior to this episode. He played a prizefighter in the 1957 movie, "The Crooked Circle." See more »

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Slim Sherman: You know, five rounds and our worries would be over. That's not too long.
Jonesy: Long enough for you to get more than a few bones broken.
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Beefcake -- TV western style
10 August 2011 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

TV westerns usually starred at least one good-looking, well-built actor in the prime of his manhood. The type that looked good with his shirt off. To get their hero's shirt off, without resorting to pin-up poses which might diminish his masculinity, TV westerns often used the prizefight plot. In this plot the hero becomes tangentially involved in a prizefight scheduled to take place in a frontier town. The star attraction is a semi-famous fighter from "back East" who, for a price, will take on any challenger. For some reason the town's local champ won't or can't compete and thus our hero reluctantly finds himself taking that man's place. Voila! We get to see the TV western's hunky leading man bare-chested and sweaty, involved in the manly art of boxing.

You'll find this plot featuring James Garner in a "Maverick" episode titled "Stampede," Gene Barry in a "Bat Masterson" episode titled "The Fighter," and John Russell in a "Lawman" episode titled "Samson the Great." In "Bare Knuckles," it's 28-year-old John Smith's turn to display the beefcake, and he's mighty easy on the eyes with his shirt off, even though his prowess as a boxer never seems quite convincing. Too bad co-star couldn't have gotten roped in as John Smith's tag-team partner. Just imagine. Two hunks of beefcake in all their homoerotic splendor!


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