Laramie (1959–1963)
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The Legend of Lily 

Excitement comes to Laramie with the arrival of singer Lily Langford. Jonesy met her once while Jess and Slim tangle with Texan Shanghai Pierce who is after her husband Ben Carson who cheated him and others at cards and on paying bills.


Lesley Selander


John C. Champion (story), Kathleen Hite (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Hoagy Carmichael ... Jonesy
Robert Crawford Jr. Robert Crawford Jr. ... Andy Sherman (credit only)
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Constance Moore ... Lily Langford
Kent Taylor ... Ben Carson
George Tobias ... Shanghai Pierce
Patsy Kelly ... Bea
William Tannen ... Laramie Sheriff
Harry Lauter ... Alamo
Roy Barcroft ... Platte County Sheriff
Harry Tyler ... Judd (as Harry O. Tyler)
Hal Smith ... Charlie
David McMahon ... Bartender


The aging but still beautiful Lily Langford, the toast of 3 continents, is on a tour of the west and her next stop is Laramie. She's broke and one step ahead of the creditors because of her ne'er do well, cheating gambler of a husband, Ben Carson. Among his victims, Shanghai Pierce and his outfit from Texas, who are hot on his trail. Shanghai ends up locking horns with Jess Harper and then Slim Sherman and in the mêlée Ben Carson ends up out at the Sherman Ranch and Relay Station with Jonesy, who met Lily many years before at the height of her career. He's hoping to get her to sing one of his ditties and manages to get Carson to listen. Carson could care less because he's looking to swindle the town and Lily out of the receipts for the Laramie concert. It's up to Slim, Jess and ultimately Lily herself to stop him. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

26 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The scene showing Jonesy cutting Jess' hair on the porch and the next shot of Slim shaving is recycled from an earlier episode. See more »

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The adoring public
11 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This is one of the few Laramie stories where Hoagy Carmichael gets center stage. In this one Hoagy is one of the adoring public of beautiful actress/singer Constance Moore who has a no good rat of a manager in Kent Taylor.

Laramie also is being visited by George Tobias who plays the legendary Texas cowman Shanghai Pierce who made his legend by being a big old hell raiser in the towns he frequented with his drovers. He's not the most appreciative of audiences, but you have to see how Moore puts him in his place with a little help from Carmichael.

A couple of nice songs from Moore as well who did a number of minor musicals back in the day with B picture studios.

I think you'll like this one.

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