Old memories surface when the officer in charge of Jess' POW camp turns up as the new deputy in Laramie. He tries to overcome the issue until other POWs arrive with revenge on their mind resulting in Slim and Jess against each other.





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Slim Sherman
Jess Harper
Daisy Cooper
Dennis Holmes ...
Mike Williams
Paul Halleck
Johnny Duncan
Sharon Halleck
Knute Duncan
Councilman Rawlins
Dennis Rush ...
Bit Boy
Tru Garrett ...


Slim and Jess are on a posse led by Sheriff Mort Cory that traps a seventeen year old who committed a robbery in Laramie. After the robber takes a shot that hits Jess' coat, Mort is forced to shoot killing the robber. Killing such a young man upsets Mort as well as the mayor and city council who decide to bring in a new deputy who might replace Mort. Paul Halleck arrives in Laramie with his daughter Sharon to become the new deputy sheriff and possibly Sheriff Mort Cory's replacement. Halleck's arrival stirs up bitter memories for Jess of his imprisonment in the Yankee prison camp commanded by Halleck. Sharon, the daughter, tries to tell Jess that her father has equally bad memories due to his lack of resources to do more for the prisoners. Jess' desire for revenge drives a wedge in his friendship with Slim and the wedge is driven deeper when a group of Jess's fellow prisoners arrive in Laramie to follow through on their pact to kill Halleck. Jess becomes a man at war with himself and ... Written by DarSpi

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27 March 1962 (USA)  »

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The new deputy
20 February 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Laramie has the citizens upset somewhat with sheriff Stuart Randall because he's been bringing in too many slumped over the saddle. They send for Richard Coogan who has a reputation as a good lawman to be deputy until Randall can be replaced.

One of those recommendations isn't from Jess Harper. Robert Fuller has some bitter memories from the war where he served the last few months in a Union prison where Coogan was commander. If that wasn't enough a few more old Confederate vets show up including brothers L.Q. Jones and Chuck Courtney. Courtney has been mute since his time in the Yankee jail.

It's an interesting tale, one of the best Laramie episodes with great performances by Coogan and Jones.

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