Laramie (1959–1963)
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Jess is riding shotgun on a stage that was wrecked by two men to steal a $20,000 payroll. He rides after the men chasing them to Montana where he learns one of them is a close friend he helped but there are unexpected dangers.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Slim Sherman
Jess Harper
Daisy Cooper
Dennis Holmes ...
Mike Williams
Wes Darrin
Tad Kimball
Marshal Gil Fletcher (as Robert Wilke)
Sheriff Mort Cory
Postmaster (as Harry Harvey Sr.)


Jess Harper is riding shotgun on a stage carrying a $20,000 payroll and he doesn't know that the coach has been sabotaged so that it will wreck. Jess' friend Tad Kimball is responsible for the sabotage so that he and Wes Darrin can steal the money. Jess hits the trail after men whole robbed the stage, not knowing that one of them is Tad. Slim finds evidence that Tad's involved and starts after Jess, who's trailed the bandits to Billings. Jess sets a trap and catches Tad who then takes him to the money. Wes is waiting for them and attempts to murder Jess but Tad saves his life. Then the crooked sheriff arrives, takes the money and traps both men in the mine where the money was hidden. Slim arrives in Billings looking for Jess and gets conflicting stories from the sheriff and other people he talks to but time is running out at the mine. Slim has to find out what's going on before it's too late to help Jess and Tad. Written by DarSpi

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24 October 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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10 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

This Laramie story has Robert Fuller vouching for Gary Clarke an old saddle buddy for a job with the stagecoach line. But all Clarke has in mind is to be the inside man for a robbery he and Dennis Patrick plan to pull off. In somewhat spectacular fashion as well with some sabotage.

When Fuller and John Smith figure it out they realize Clarke was responsible and Fuller trails him to Montana. There in addition to the robbers he and later Smith have to deal with a crooked marshal in Robert Wilkie and someone a lot more pleasant in saloon girl Allison Hayes.

Wilkie is always a bad dude in any film, especially westerns. As for Fuller and Clarke they come close to an early entombment.

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