Laramie (1959–1963)
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Dragon at the Door 

Slim and Jess help a family group of entertainers from Japan traveling east when their wagon breaks down. They have found a boy Mike whose parents were killed my Indians. A trio of men are following the troupe thinking they have opium.


James P. Yarbrough


Rod Peterson




Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Dennis Holmes ... Mike Williams
Nobu McCarthy ... Haru
Teru Shimada ... Kami
Ed Nelson ... Sable
Joanne Miya Joanne Miya ... Kiko (as Jo Anne Miya)
Anita Loo ... Yuki
Robert Kino Robert Kino ... Tomomi
K.L. Smith K.L. Smith ... Barnes
Larry Perron Larry Perron ... Roy


Slim Sherman and Jess Harper rescue a troupe of Japanese entertainers on their way east when their wagon breaks down near the ranch. Following the wagon closely are a trio of outlaws that believe the troupe is carrying a fortune in opium and they want it. The only thing that they carry is one small boy named Mike Williams who they'd found unconscious on the side of the road. Due to the broken axle on the wagon they are forced lay over at Sherman Ranch to make repairs and give Slim and Jess a lesson in Japanese culture, though it leaves Jess a little bruised. Determined to repay Slim and Jess for their kindness, the troupe puts on an evenings entertainment that turns violent when the outlaws take over the ranch looking for the opium. Instead of opium the outlaws find something far more explosive and Slim and Jess find themselves temporary guardians to Mike. Written by DarSpi

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Release Date:

26 September 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Actually the very first episode was broadcast in color. It was not until Season 3 that they regularly broadcast each show in color. See more »

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Full of tricks and entertainment
2 January 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Set in post Civil War Wyoming the people there were as curious as most Americans about Japan, a country isolated by decree of its rulers for about 250 years from the west. It was in 1853 that Admiral Perry opened up Japan to the west and it was in 1868 that the new Emperor Meiji started in earnest seeking relations with all those western countries.

A Japanese traveling entertainment road show such as depicted in this Laramie episode would have gotten a lot of attention and curiosity. No more than the curiosity shown by John Smith and Robert Fuller when they answer a distress call to get their show wagon out of a muddy rut.

The Japanese entertainers also bring an orphan kid whom they found on the road. Dennis Holmes makes his debut in this season 3 opener as he's welcomed at Sherman station.

Some unwelcome visitors include outlaws headed by Ed Nelson who are under the impression that being Oriental the Japanese are carrying opium. They are not, but these folks are full of tricks as both the Laramie regulars and the outlaws discover.

This was a good beginning for Season 3 of Laramie now in color.

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