Laramie: Season 1, Episode 31

Men of Defiance (19 Apr. 1960)

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Jess is riding as deputy with a marshal chasing a gang to a private fort on the Santa Fe trail in the desert of New Mexico. The outlaw gang takes one of the men from the fort as hostage wanting the marshal and the wounded Jess in return.


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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ...
Robert Crawford Jr. ...
Don Megowan ...
Clint Gentry
Denny Miller ...
John Pickard ...
Frank Bannister
Richard Shannon ...
Bannister Gang Member
Rayford Barnes ...
Bannister Gang Member


Frank Bannister and his gang stop at a New Mexico road house for food and rest. They take the young couple who own it prisoner. They kill them and burn down the building before leaving. Deputy Marshal Jess Harper and the Marshal are on the trail of Frank Bannister and his gang for two weeks when Bannister turns the tables on them along the Santa Fe trail in New Mexico. Afoot and with nowhere else to run they make for Fort Defiance Trading Post with Bannister close on their heels. The men, headed by Clint Gentry, who live at the trading post rescue Jess who is wounded and the marshal but one their own, Reb who gave Jess and the marshal time to run, is captured. Bannister is willing to trade, giving Clint an ultimatum, Jess and the marshal for his friend Reb. Gentry is caught between a rock and a hard place and so are Jess and the marshal. Written by DarSpi

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19 April 1960 (USA)  »

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This was apparently an unsold pilot for a new series. It explains why the entire introduction and credits are different. Only Robert Fuller was in the credits or in the show. See more »


After reinforcing a wagon against gunfire, a character states "Ain't platin', like Old Ironsides, but she'll do." The USS Constitution did not have metal plating (which was 60 years off). It got its nickname when cannon fire rebounded from its heavy oak planking. See more »

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