Lawman: Season 4, Episode 15

By the Book (24 Dec. 1961)

TV Episode  |   |  Western
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 8 users  
Reviews: write review

A special assistant to the territorial marshal is touring the area and wants to know what Troop is and has been doing to clean up the town. If progress isn't made he will step in and do it for him with all the authority he thinks he has.



0Check in

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related Items

Search for "By the Book" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: By the Book (24 Dec 1961)

By the Book (24 Dec 1961) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lawman.
« Previous Episode | 130 of 156 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode cast overview:
Orville Luster
Walter Burke ...
Sheldon Allman ...
Dan Sheridan ...
Richard Benedict ...
Lou Silk
John L. Cason ...
Brad Oliver (as John Cason)
James Waters ...
Mr. Friendly


Orville Luster, a US Marshal Inspector, arrives in Laramie to check on the quality of the job Troop does enforcing the law. He is unhappy with what he sees and threatens to appoint a Deputy US Marshal to Laramie which would effectively end Troop's job along with Johnny's. Troop tries to point out the difference between real criminals versus men blowing off steam. Luster forces Johnny to arrest two men for scuffling in the Birdcage although everyone knows them to be no problem. Troop releases the men later who continue to get drunk in the stable where they overhear two men plan to kill Luster and rob the railroad. Though drunk they stop the men from killing Luster until Troop arrives. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis






Release Date:

24 December 1961 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Final television appearance for John L. Cason who died in July 1961, 5 months before this episode aired in December. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Message Boards

Recent Posts
John Russell should've been a star ! mikelmike77
'Owny O'Reilly, Esquire' (15 Oct. 1961) - Mort Mills Or Lee Van Cleef? davidwile
Peggie Castle (Lily) lippy17082004
'What novel for 'The Deputy'? judithg1
How can I get a hold of the dvds wisemove-2
Who Owns the Rights to LAWMAN? redstabby
Discuss By the Book (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: