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 tries gold mining and piano playing during a gold strike. He then becomes the promoter for a traveling prizefighter whose bouts aren't always on the up-and-up.


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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ...
Robert Crawford Jr. ...
Don Megowan ...
Terry Mulligan
Wally Brown ...
Brad Holvig
Hal Baylor ...
Cowboy Hill
Charles Tannen ...
Harry Wilson ...
Fight Spectator
John Mitchum ...
Drunk Cowboy


Self-proclaimed heavy weight champion Terry Mulligan and his manager, Brad Holvig, stop at the station for lunch. Jonesy feeds them a big meal using all the meat they had available. In return the men give them four passes to their fight in Laramie. When Slim and Jess return hungry, they find not only no meat to eat but a hole punched in the barn signed by Mulligan and no money for the meals while the ranch struggles to pay off a loan. Andy and Jonesy persuade Slim to let them go to the fight that night while Jess convinces Slim to join him there as well. The fight is rigged and in the rush Andy hurts his ankle. Back at the ranch Jonesy realizes he not only let Andy get hurt but his lack of attention to chores let badly needed horses escape. He heard about a gold strike at War Bonnet so he secretly leaves to earn the money the ranch needs. At the strike he strikes out as a miner and then as a piano player. When Mulligan and Holvig show up at the strike, they pick him as the pigeon to ... Written by Anonymous

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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 »


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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