Laramie (1959–1963)
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Killer Without Cause 

Slim's new hand Joe Cloud, an Indian, is killed by neighbor Carl Vail when he finds Joe skinning his cow with a broken leg. He kills Joe using an Indian method. Slim presses charges against Vail but finds himself ostracized by Laramie.




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Episode cast overview:
... Slim Sherman
... Jess Harper
... Carl Vail
... Gen. Taylor Roberts
... Judge Orin Chase
... Ken Vail
... Luke Vail
... Ben
... Sheriff
Dayton Lummis ... Judge
David Manley ... Bill
James Chandler ... Barfly Talking to about Vail
John Verros ... Joe Cloud
Jim Hayward ... Townsman


Joe Cloud, a Native American, is murdered by Carl Vail while working for Slim Sherman. When Slim prefers charges of murder against Carl it pits the rancher against the town and the Vail family. To get justice for Joe, Slim wires Gen. Taylor Roberts for help. In the meantime Sherman ranch is being harassed and when Luke Vail, outlaw, comes home he tries to intimidate Slim into backing off. Slim fails to be intimidated and Carl Vail is found guilty of murder and sentenced to hang. It's the town of Laramie against Slim, Jess and Gen. Roberts, who want nothing more than to see justice carried out for Joe Cloud. Carl Vail escapes when Slim and Jess try to get him to the fort but help comes from an unexpected source and justice will be served. Written by DarSpi

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24 January 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The use of a female jury was not possible in most parts of the United States then because women had not been given the right to vote. However, Wyoming gave women the right to vote in 1869 so the use of a female jury was possible there. See more »

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Some poetic justice
17 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Joe Verros who played a ranch hand for the Sherman ranch and a former scout for General Roy Roberts is murdered by rancher James Westerfield in an unusual manner. When Westerfield boasts about it to John Smith he's arrested on Smith's complaint, but getting him to trial is another matter.

Westerfield's raised some equally vicious and bottom feeding sons. Harry Lauter is a gunfighter and a nasty braggart and bully.

Roy Roberts's character is based obviously on Oliver O. Howard with missing arm, Howard was known as the Christian general. They should have used his real name.

In the end Westerfield and family get some poetic justice.

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