Jess is appointed temporary sheriff of Laramie. Luke Wiley is a notorious, coward, bounty hunter dubbed "The Jackal" because he brings in his prisoners dead, and now he wants to take in a friend of Jess who is wanted for murder.



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Episode cast overview:
Luke Wiley
Sumner Campbell
Sarah Campbell
Mr. Colby
Steven Terrell ...
Jimmy Foster
Jason MacIntire (as Stevan Darrell)
Will J. White ...
Thatcher - Wanted Man


While getting a drink from a river, a man named Thatcher suddenly hears a man ride up behind him who says he wants a drink. Thatcher takes a seat on a log as the man, Luke Wiley, gets a drink himself. When done, Wiley announces to Thatcher that he is there to take Thatcher, a wanted man, in - any way he can. Back at the Sherman ranch Slim is leaving on the stage for business while Jess is sporting the sheriff's badge. He is filling in for the sheriff who is out of town. In Laramie Wiley stops by the sheriff's office to ask about the location of Vernon Bates wanted for murder in Rawlins. The name is unfamiliar to Jess but the description of the man and family point to his friend Sumner Campbell who has a ranch next to the Sherman ranch. Jess points him to the Campbell ranch but then goes to warn Campbell who is in town as Wiley has a reputation for bringing men in dead. Wiley finds only Campbell's wife and son there. Wiley tries to ambush Campbell but Campbell evades him. When Jess ... Written by Anonymous

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27 September 1960 (USA)  »

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Sumner Campbell, played by Robert Wilkie, once killed a man under his real name, Vernon Bates. His wife Sarah is played by Jeanne Bates. See more »

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Preferably Dead
29 April 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Laramie finds Robert Fuller the acting sheriff in Laramie when he has to deal with notorious bounty hunter Stephen McNally who is known for always bringing in his wants dead, usually with holes in the back. He's after a friend of Fuller's a man who settled in Laramie a couple of years earlier with wife and son.

Robert Wilke who usually on the big screen would be the heavy plays the farmer who is looking to start all over. He did the killing that he's charged with, but he had more than sufficient reason.

Wilke is different but good as a good guy for a change. McNally will make your skin crawl with how low he sinks. Nicely done all around.

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