Laramie (1959–1963)
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The Marshals 

Jess is critically wounded when he rides to warn Marshal McGary who is transporting a prisoner to hang that his brother plans to attack the tumbleweed wagon. The only close doctor is in the gang's hangout, Ironwood, where there is no law.


William Witney


Albert Aley (teleplay), John C. Champion (story)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Spring Byington ... Daisy Cooper
Dennis Holmes ... Mike Williams
David McLean ... Marshal Branch McGary
Reginald Gardiner ... Patches
Stuart Randall ... Sheriff Mort Cory
Robert J. Wilke ... Clint Buckner (as Robert Wilke)
John Pickard ... Ragan
Hugh Sanders ... Rafferty
Michael T. Mikler ... Slater (as Michael Mikler)
Ed Prentiss ... Doc Tyler
Gene Roth ... Jethroe
House Peters Jr. ... Davis
Kem Dibbs Kem Dibbs ... De Walt


Vern Buckner wanted for murder has been captured but there is a possibility that his brother Clint and his gang are going to try to free him while he is being transported. Sheriff Cory tried to arrest a man, De Walt, who he and Jess think was going to help based on a map he had. Cory is wounded and De Walt dies so Jess decides to ride to Stillwater Crossing which is near the Buckner gang home, Ironwood, where the Marshal must cross the river. Jess is critically wounded by Clint Buckner's gang when he attempts to prevent the ambush of the tumbleweed wagon transporting Clint's brother, Vern to his hanging in Cheyenne. With Jess needing a doctor, and not likely to survive the trip to Laramie, Marshal Branch McGary and Deputy Reb Carlson along with driver Patches are forced to head for Ironwood and straight into the arms of Clint Buckner and his gang. Buckner kidnaps the town doctor in an attempt to force Marshal McGary to free his brother to save Jess' life. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

30 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Tumbleweed Wagon
24 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

For the most part the cast regulars from Laramie aren't required to do much as the would be regulars of a proposed pilot take over for this episode. Robert Fuller has the most screen time. But he's seriously wounded after warning the US Marshals of an impending attack by outlaw Robert J. Wilke who is trying to free his brother Dennis Patrick.

Marshals David McLean, William Bryant and their driver Reginald Gardiner with a wounded Jess Harper go to the next town for a doctor. But its an outlaw town with Wilke the big kahuna. He wants his brother before he allows a doctor to treat Robert Fuller.

These guys operate a prison wagon which back in the old west was nicknamed a tumbleweed wagon. It might have made an interesting series especially with the incongruous Gardiner part of the cast.

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