Lawman (1958–1962)
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The Brand Release 

A wagon rides into Laramie with its owner hurt laying in the back. A sheriff rides in saying he's wanted elsewhere for cattle rustling but he says he has a valid brand release. Troop must get answers quick or be forced to turn him over.



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Episode cast overview:
Marshal Dan Troop
Deputy Johnny McKay
Gabe Dallas
Sheriff Lang (as Russ Thorsen)
Lee Farr ...
Ben Greene
Stewart Bradley ...
Chad Williams
Charley Bray
Tom Palmer ...
Dr. Russell
Seth Billings


A wagon rolls into Laramie with a man shot in the leg passed out in the back. A little later a sheriff and deputy from a neighboring community ride in looking for the man, Ben Greene, stating he is wanted for cattle rustling. When he attempts to chain and retrieve the man at the doctor's office, Troop tells him the man is in his custody until able to travel. The wounded man tells Troop the cattle in question were bought by him legitimately from Gabe Dallas's foreman and he has brand release indicating it. Troop sends Johnny to look for the document but he is turned back by Dallas's men. Troop decides to take Greene back himself. At Greene's cabin they find the document but Dallas and his men have them trapped there. Dallas confronts the Sheriff who decides he has had enough of the crooked Dallas and decides to side with Troop. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

25 January 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During this episode, John Russell (Marshal Troop) identifies the physician as 'Doc Russell.' Actor Tom Palmer is listed in the closing credits as 'Doc Stewart.' Additionally, Palmer portrayed 'Doc Stewart' at least a half dozen times during this series. See more »

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Good Story Well-Acted
5 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Good hook—a foot sticking out the side of an unmanned buckboard. So what's the story? Seems the injured man (Lee Farr) has stolen some cattle and now the local sheriff (Russell Thorsen) wants to take him back. But Troop senses something fishy, especially with Thorson's mean- looking deputy. Things get complicated when tyrannical cattleman RG Armstrong turns up making demands. So, how will the story play out.

The showdown is especially well staged. That's not surprising since can't help noticing the entry is directed by Stuart Heisler, who helmed a number of superior films of the 1940's. Then too, there's the imposing RG Armstrong, forceful enough to facedown the gimlet-eyed Troop. He's also one of those unsung actors whose ability made any show better. Nice turns too by Farr (note how well he acts with his eyes) and by Thorson as the conflicted sheriff. Nothing really different here, just a good story very well done.

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