Laramie: Season 2, Episode 18

The Lost Dutchman (14 Feb. 1961)

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Slim and Jess are to meet George Lake in Jackson City to buy cattle but Lake has sold his herd infuriating Slim. When Lake is shot on the street and Slim is found by the body, he is arrested. It is up to Jess to clear in a strange case.



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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ...
Robert Emhardt ...
Senator Lake
Mary Lake
George Keymas ...
Clint Mocassin
Rayford Barnes ...
George Lake
Francis McDonald ...
Old Man
Pitt Herbert ...
Hotel Clerk
Robert Griffin ...
Sheriff on Trail


Slim Sherman and Jess Harper are in Jackson City to buy cattle from George Lake. Arriving in Jackson City late at night they enter the saloon where Jess runs in an old friend named Mason who has changed his name to George Lake. When he reneges on the deal, it leaves Slim steaming mad and ready for a fight. After a scuffle Slim leaves the saloon to go to the hotel but when a shot is heard, he is found standing over the body of George Lake. The sheriff refuses to investigate as circumstantial evidence points to Slim as the murderer. Jess is Slim's only hope to clear him of the murder. The puzzle gets only more convoluted with a odd assortment of characters all looking for a Durango cavalry spur that is purported to contain a map to the fabled Lost Dutchman Mine. Lake was murdered for it and the only man that can clear Slim wants it. With everyone double-crossing everyone else, Jess has to find the spur if he wants to save Slim. He just has to live long enough to do it. Written by DarSpi

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The Maltese Spur
8 September 2015 | by (Anaheim) – See all my reviews

"The Lost Dutchman" is a re-working of Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon". Robert Fuller's Jess Harper plays the Sam Spade role with Robert Emhardt as the Fat Man. Karen Steele's version of the femme fatale is stimulating viewing. The trouble begins when George Lake (Rayford Barnes) double-crosses Slim Sherman (John Smith) on a cattle-buying deal. Slim is stopped from brawling with Lake by Jess's interference, but moments later, when Lake is shot dead, Slim becomes the obvious suspect and is jailed pending trial and inevitable hanging. It becomes Jess's duty to prove Slim's innocence. Lake's widow, Steele, plays the wide-eyed innocent and Jess is taken in by her — at first. George Kaymas is the trigger-happy Clint Moccasin, a moronic psychopath in the Wilmer Cook tradition. Francis J McDonald, in the Captain Jacoby spot, dies at the hand of the lethal Mary Lake. Like Sam Spade, Jess is slipped a Mickey and later turns Steele's character over to the police (the town Sheriff played by Robert Armstrong). The McGuffin in this story is a silver spur which is supposed to have a map to the Lost Dutchman's gold mine hidden inside it. It is no surprise when it turns out to be a phony. The changes to the original story are just sufficient to make this episode legal and comparing "The Lost Dutchman" to "The Maltese Falcon" is a lot of fun.

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