Laredo (1965–1967)
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The Last of the Caesars: Absolutely 

Select people are disappearing while others are being left dead. The Rangers learn a man is trying to recreate a Roman empire as Hannibal Rex. Joe and Reese become slaves while Erik and Chad impersonate an architect and sculptor.


R.G. Springsteen


Joseph Bonaduce (teleplay), Jay Simms (story) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Neville Brand ... Reese Bennett
Peter Brown ... Chad Cooper
William Smith ... Joe Riley
Robert Wolders ... Erik Hunter
Philip Carey ... Capt. Edward Parmalee (credit only)
Jack Weston ... Hannibal Rex
Joan Huntington Joan Huntington ... Celeste
E.J. André ... Silversmith
Joanne Medley Joanne Medley ... Joan
Jack Grinnage ... Mike Slattery
Mel Gallagher Mel Gallagher ... O'Hara
Charles Horvath ... Jomo
Sid Haig ... Brunning


The Rangers are investigating several recent cases of people disappearing while others are left dead. Joe and Reese follow the tracks from the most recent kidnapping walking into a trap. They find themselves slaves of the Emperor Hannibal Rex who is recreating a Roman style empire in Texas aided by his man Brunning. Erik senses that most of the captives have a trade so he and Chad masquerade as a renown architect and sculptor from the East. Hannibal has them kidnapped to design his new residence and fill it with art. They of course take advantage of Joe and Reese as slaves with Joe moving up in status to gladiator. Erik is pestered by Hannibal's favorite queen but he realizes the consequences of playing with her but Chad doesn't. Chad's playtime ends with him hanging over a pit of snakes and the others watching. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

2 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This marks the second time Neville Brand's character suffers a whipping. Earlier, he was flogged in "The Heroes of San Gill." See more »


Reese Bennett: There ain't no A-rabs in Texas.
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Nero as a role model
15 December 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jack Weston looks like he's having a great old time playing an absolutely bonkers individual who fancies himself a reincarnated Roman Emperor and is setting up his empire. He just kidnaps people he needs and kills anyone else around.

Our four Rangers get themselves kidnapped under different circumstances and work to overthrow the tyrant who takes Nero as a role model.

Although Weston is having a ball in the part for me he's so absolutely crazy that I could never picture him gathering a bunch of outlaws who serve as his Praetorian guard. Even Sid Haig who serves as Sejanus to Weston's Tiberius and has played a few crazies on the screen in his days I could never see joining up and staying with him.

Looks like the writers reached for a bit too much here.

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