Laredo (1965–1967)
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Cletus Grogan is convinced he's a jinx because disaster follows him everywhere. When Joe is captured by bank robbers, and his fellow Rangers appear to be in a crossfire, Reese pretends to allow Cletus to rescue him to break the curse.


Paul Stanley


John D.F. Black

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Episode complete credited cast:
Neville Brand ... Reese Bennett
Peter Brown ... Chad Cooper
William Smith ... Joe Riley
Philip Carey ... Capt. Edward Parmalee
Albert Salmi ... Cletus Grogan
John Abbott ... Mr. Irwing
Richard Devon ... Max Fender
Ralph Manza ... Blue Dog
Roy Barcroft ... Marshal Ezzard Speaks
Richard Collier Richard Collier ... Jones
X Brands ... Randoe
Shelley Morrison ... Linda Little Trees


Cletus Grogan is a man who believes he is a jinx to the world around him. He is a childhood friend of Reese whose entry into Laredo would indicate the jinx is still strong. Reese pushes him to join the Rangers and the four men are sent to track down Linda Little Trees and several other outlaws that have banded together. Chad has plans to use Cletus's jinx ability in a poker game but each of the rangers finds himself a victim of the jinx as they trail the outlaws to the town of Simpkin where they robbed the bank. Joe goes ahead to track the outlaws while the others take care of their jinx related problems. Joe is captured by Linda who becomes infatuated with him. The other three rangers catch up with the outlaws resulting in Chad and Reese in a gunfight with them. Reese decides to fake a wound to trick Cletus into tackling the outlaws which he does successfully. Everyone including Cletus finally believe the jinx is broken but maybe it was simply transferred - to another ranger! Written by Anonymous

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2 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Blue Dog: [speaking of Riley] I'm gonna kill that Ranger.
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William Smith Loses His Shirt
27 December 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

When old friend Albert Salmi (as Cletus Grogan) visits pal Reese (Neville Brand) in Laredo, accidents begin to happen. Mr. Salmi thinks he is a "Jinx". Reese decides to help his friend overcome superstition by having Capt. Parmalee (Philip Carey) sign him up as a Texas Ranger. Then, Chad (Peter Brown) hurts his shoulder; and, Joe (William Smith) is kidnapped by Shelley Morrison (as Linda Little Trees) and her Native American Indian gang... Is the "Jinx" real?

Good direction (Paul Stanley), performances, and a promising storyline are stopped dead by the reappearance of Laredo's comic-relief Indians, now led by ludicrous licorice-munching "Linda Little Trees". Ms. Morrison, to her credit, performs the part endearingly and inoffensively, however. Salmi is another a fine guest star. This is the first episode to feature Smith's "Joe" more prominently than his co-stars; and, he plays most of the episode with his shirt off, which arouses Morrison, who ties him to a tree and proposes! Morrison, Salmi, and Smith are worth watching for.

**** Jinx (12/2/65) Paul Stanley ~ William Smith, Albert Salmi, Shelley Morrison

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