Laramie (1959–1963)
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Duel at Alta Mesa 

Jess responds to a letter for Slim from T.J. Patterson who needs help. After a reception of lead, Jess learns Patterson wanted Slim to recover stage line money stolen from him. He reluctantly agrees to help as Patterson helped Slim before.


Lesley Selander


Jerry Adelman (teleplay and story), Jay Simms (story)

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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Hoagy Carmichael ... Jonesy (credit only)
Robert Crawford Jr. Robert Crawford Jr. ... Andy Sherman
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Fay Spain ... Gloria Patterson
Alan Baxter ... Warren Gallagher
Douglass Dumbrille ... T.J. Patterson
Tom Drake ... Tom Mannering
Don Kelly ... Rick
Pamela Duncan ... Sally Mannering
Ron Hayes ... Gallagher Henchman (as Ronald Hayes)
George Kennedy ... Gene


Jess Harper travels to Patterson Ranch for Slim Sherman and finds himself up to his gun belt in trouble. T.J. Patterson owns the stage line and he's been robbed of money that belongs to the company. The thief is Tom Mannering, the man his daughter Gloria loves and the loss of the money could ruin the stage line. Jess refuses the job to track Mannering to Alta Mesa until he finds out that Slim has an obligation to Patterson. He grudgingly accepts the job but enemies dog his trail and Gloria Patterson is following so that he doesn't gun down Mannering. Also on Mannering's trail is the man that he was supposed to give Patterson's money to. Gloria and Jess are finding that they are attracted to each other but it complicates the chase until they catch up with Mannering and Gloria get her eyes opened to the real Tom Mannering. Mannering's partner wants the money and he doesn't care who he kills to get it, including Jess Harper. Written by DarSpi

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Release Date:

23 February 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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During the gunfight from the hotel to the cemetery, Gallagher fires 10 shots and Jess fires 9 shots from their 6 shot revolvers without reloading. See more »

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The big kahuna of Overland Stage
13 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm not sure Slim Sherman didn't play a lowdown dirty trick on Jess Harper in this Laramie story.. When he gets a letter from the guy who is the big kahuna of the Overland Stagecoach line played by veteran character actor Douglass Dumbrille instead of going himself John Smith sends Robert Fuller.

Dumbrille has a high spirited daughter in Fay Spain and she hasn't met any men that are to Dumbrille's liking. Worse than that though, a lot of Overland Stage money has gone missing and the prime suspects are the many people courting Spain.

Getting shot at by one of the many trigger happy gunmen upon arriving at Dumbrille's ranch didn't get things started on the right foot with Robert Fuller. Still things are righted in the end.

Nice performance from Dumbrille who if he wasn't wheelchair bound would be handling a lot of his business on his own and not be needing gunmen on his payroll. Also look for George Kennedy in an early role for him as one of the gunslingers working for Dumbrille.

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