Laredo (1965–1967)
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Parmalee sends each of the four Rangers one by one to evict a family from their home. A railroad has bought the property but the Rangers are distracted by the freewheeling family plus they learn there may be an unforeseen complication.

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Vita Rose
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Colonel Willingham
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Bliss Culpepper
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Morrell
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A railroad asks Parmalee to evict the Willingham family from their family home for a new track. Parmalee sends Reese to evict them but he is soon wrapped up in the eccentric life style of the family after which he is injured. When Alcott Willingham who sold the property learns about Reese, he complains to Parmalee. Chad is sent to complete the job and determine what happened to Reese but falls into the same trap. More complaints result in Joe going next finding an old friend, Noble Savage there who is Vita's model pulling Joe into the fold. Colonel Willingham has decided he will no longer meet with Parmalee or the railroad. He explains to the three Rangers that his son had signed over all his rights to the ranch when the family provided money to pay off his gambling debts. However, Vita Rose and the others are absent minded and she cannot remember where she put the document Alcott signed. Erik's arrival pushes them to look for the paper but time is running out as the railroad decides ... Written by Anonymous

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24 March 1967 (USA)  »

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Some gracious southern hospitality
20 December 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Some more inspiration from the big screen was the source of this Laredo episode. Someone saw You Can't Take It With You and brought the Vanderhof family south of the Mason-Dixon line and set them in Laredo. The Culpeppers formerly of Louisiana have nothing on the Vanderhofs for gracious living and for suspension from reality.

But reality is intruding on them as one of their family Parley Baer has sold the property on which their faux southern ante-bellum mansion is. So Walter Coy of the railroad asks Philip Carey to send some of his best Texas Rangers to evict the Culpeppers. Carey does do that, he sends them one at a time starting with Neville Brand.

What can I say, this Vanderhof like family just disarms all before them as Captain Parmalee keeps losing his best Rangers to them.

The Vanderhofs oops Culpeppers are played by Don Beddoe, Jeanette Nolan, Gillian Tomlin, and as an Indian known only as "Noble Savage" Russ McCubbin.

This late arrival in the series history is one of my favorites. I think it will be one of your's.


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