Laramie (1959–1963)
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Bitter Glory 

A test of friendship is brought to the forefront when Jess learns that an old friend has stolen an Army payroll. He is asked by Major Stanton to find and return veteran Sgt. Billy Jacobs who has gone AWOL but once saved Jess' life.




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Episode cast overview:
Slim Sherman
Jess Harper
Ellie Jacobs
Billy Jacobs
Major Stanton
Katherine Warren ...
Grace Jacobs
Johnny Jacobs
Doris Packer ...
Stage Passenger
Stage Driver
Cal Mason


At Fort Laramie Major Stanton tells the sullen Sgt. Billy Jacobs to go home. Billy says he still has a couple of items to finish but after the Major leaves, he crumples a letter and then removes the Army payroll from the safe tucking it inside his jacket and leaves with it. At the Sherman ranch Slim enters the house finding Jess taking another bath. He has a date with the school teacher for dinner. Slim has a wire for Jess from Major Stanton asking him to come to Fort Laramie in regard to Sgt. Billy Jacobs. Jacobs saved Jess' life so he feels obliged to honor the request. Once there he learns Jacobs was turned down for a battlefield commission and is AWOL taking the $30,000 Army payroll. Stanton has not reported it yet wanting Jess to get Jacobs and the money returned before he has to report it. The clues are Billy's new wife Ellie in town and his mother and brother at the family farm. His father was recently killed by an Indian raiding party. Jess finds he doesn't trust the young and... Written by Anonymous

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2 May 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Dick Foran was only 5 years younger than Katherine Warren, the actress playing his mother. See more »

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No Fool like an old fool
1 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

In the run of the Laramie series we always keep learning more and more about the past of Jess Harper. Here we find out that Robert Fuller was in the cavalry for a bit and that his sergeant was Dick Foran.

Now this straight arrow career soldier has done a foolish thing and stolen the post payroll. His commanding officer is giving him one good break. Paul Birch has sent for Fuller and asked him to get the money back before he's obligated to report it and get Foran back as well.

Foran's crime compounded another foolish thing he did, marrying pretty vixen Dianne Foster who married him for the money and then plans to run off with boyfriend Ed Nelson whom she calls her 'cousin'. They be kissing cousins. I mean really could Foran be that dumb?

But I have to say Foster really steals this one. This is one woman to stay very clear of.

A young Ryan O'Neal has one of his earliest performances as Foran's younger brother in this Laramie story.

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