Laramie (1959–1963)
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The Passing of Kuba Smith 

Slim and Jess collect a $2000 bounty on a man they killed after stealing their horse. After collecting the bounty, they learn the dead man is really a sheriff chasing the man they thought they killed who returns to steal the money.


Lesley Selander


David Lang


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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
John McIntire ... Kuba Smith
Gloria Talbott ... Jane
Robert Knapp ... Snow
Walter Sande ... Weardon
Bartlett Robinson ... Sheriff
Vaughn Taylor ... Undertaker
Raymond Greenleaf ... Preacher
Charles Meredith ... Doctor
Harry Tyler ... Farmer
Tom Steele ... Sheriff Linke


Kuba Smith is a wily old outlaw on the run from a posse and with substantial price on his head. When he kills the sheriff chasing him he concocts a devious plan to switch identities with the dead man and lure a hapless stranger into thinking he killed Kuba Smith for the reward. Unfortunately the strangers he picks are Slim Sherman and Jess Harper who collect the reward, only to have it stolen from them by Kuba Smith himself. With the only clues the name on a watch and a location from ten years previous, Slim heads off to Prairie Lee to find Kuba's wife, only he finds Kuba's daughter Jane, instead. Kuba is hiding out with Jane and the chase turns into a battle of wits between Slim and Kuba but things are never what they seem. Written by DarSpi

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3 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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SPOILER??; This doesn't give away the ending, but possible spoiler alert anyways. When Jess and Slim collect the $2,000 reward, Jess gives the reverend some money, then buys a pair of shiny new boots. The real Kuba Smith steals the money. Later he says he has the $2,000. How could he, Jess spent part of it. See more »

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I shot the sheriff and I took his identity
29 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

John McIntire guest stars in this Laramie episode in a role similar to one he played in the Richard Widmark movie Backlash where he was cast as Widmark's outlaw father. In this episode McIntire is an outlaw who seeks refuge with a daughter who only knows he's been away, not the kind of rogue he is.

In this story McIntire decides that if he has a price on his head why shouldn't he collect it? So he shoots the sheriff chasing him, far enough from the sheriff's jurisdiction and then switches identities and in the dark makes it look like Slim Sherman and Jess Harper shot him. With reward poster on the dead body, John Smith and Robert Fuller have a lot of found money.

Imagine their surprise when McIntire shows up at Sherman station and robs them of the reward money. And they're accused of murdering the sheriff.

Of course one of them takes off after McIntire. The rest of the story is similar to Backlash with Gloria Talbott as McIntire's daughter.

If you liked Backlash, you'll like this Laramie episode.

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