Laramie (1959–1963)
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The Sometime Gambler 

Slim and Jess have to be jailers at home to an ex-con from Laramie severely shot by outlaws. They tried to force him to help rob the payroll money in the bank. Slim and Jess must protect the man whom they distrust but has a dying wish.


Lesley Selander


John Meredyth Lucas (teleplay and story), Rod Peterson (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Spring Byington ... Daisy Cooper
Dennis Holmes ... Mike Williams
James Gregory ... Richards
Michael Forest ... Wilkerson
Stuart Randall ... Sheriff Mort Cory
Bing Russell ... Reeves
Ed Prentiss ... Dr. Losk
Steve Warren Steve Warren ... Griffin
John Pickard ... Marty
Bartlett Robinson ... Werner
Tru Garrett Tru Garrett ... Marshal Ives
Dennis Rush Dennis Rush ... Boy
Jacqueline Scott ... Ellen


Irv Richards is a gambler and ex-con with a poor reputation around Laramie. His old gang come to Laramie to rob the mining payroll from the bank and they want Irv's help. He refuses but is 'convinced' to do it anyway when his daughter Ellen is threatened. Jess Harper was riding shotgun on the stage that was supposed to carry the payroll but wasn't able to pick it up because of flooding. The gang doesn't know this and try for the payroll anyway, but Richards double crosses them and is shot because they believe he stole the money. The wounded Richards meets up with Daisy Cooper and Mike Williams on the road and they take him back to Sherman Ranch and Relay Station, despite the fact the gang is searching for him. Richards wound is not fatal, yet. The damage done by the bullet will kill him in months. Slim Sherman and Jess Harper aren't happy with having Irv at the ranch but he can't be moved so now they are faced with protecting not only Daisy and Mike from Irv's gang but also Irv ... Written by DarSpi

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19 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Once a degenerate gambler...................................
23 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

James Gregory guest stars in this Laramie story about an ex-con who is a degenerate gambler now working for chump change at the livery stable. Nobody has much use for him including Slim Sherman and Jess Harper. But he really does want to go straight. Yet his old gang headed by Michael Forest wants him in on a bank job.

But the expected payroll does not come through and it's the gang that gets away with only some loose cash. They think that Gregory copped it all and shoot him in pursuit.

He's badly wounded and lucky it's Spring Byington driving a buckboard that who finds him on the road. In the course of her time on Laramie, Byington put a lot of good use her Civil War nurse training and she sends Dennis Holmes for the doctor.

Of course when John Smith and Jess Harper arrive home they aren't thrilled with Gregory's presence. Nevertheless they try to check out his story and that's what the rest of the story is about.

Gregory gives a nice performance as a beaten and tired man. Toward the end he has a nice renewal scene with his estranged daughter Jacqueline Scott.

Gregory's performance and Spring Byington's nursing make this a worthwhile Laramie episode.

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