Lawman (1958–1962)
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Johnny befriends the Indian girl Chantay with some candy that becomes a clue in learning who murdered the Sioux Indian policeman sent to bring her back to the Indian school.


Robert B. Sinclair


Ric Hardman


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Episode cast overview:
John Russell ... Marshal Dan Troop
Peter Brown ... Deputy Johnny McKay
Peggie Castle ... Lily Merrill
Sharon Hugueny ... Chantay - Indian Truant
Dean Fredericks ... Great Bear
Milton Parsons ... Grimshaw - Teacher
Dan Sheridan Dan Sheridan ... Jake Summers
Jan Arvan Jan Arvan ... Capt. Weil
Edith Leslie Edith Leslie ... Mrs. Grimshaw
Barbara Luddy ... Mrs. Gaddis
Stella Garcia ... Indian Servant


A teenage Indian girl Chantay rides into Laramie but is apprehended by Great Bear a Sioux policeman picking up truants from the Indian school. Johnny saw her eying candy in the general store window so he buys her some for her trip back. It is special three color candy specially made by Mrs. Gaddis in Laramie. The story of him buying candy for Chantay spreads around town and is enhanced when he offers some to Lily - much to Troop's dismay when Lily holds it over him. That night Johnny finds Chantay under his bed and is forced to take her back to the Indian agent himself. On the trip they find Great Bear shot dead and Chantay confesses she did it. Johnny turns her over to the Indian agent who asks Johnny to notify the teacher Grimshaw she is back. At Grimshaw's house Mrs. Grimshaw offers Johnny the same candy that the Sioux policeman took from Chantay. Johnny realizes Chantay confessed to stay away from Grimshaw who killed Great Bear who was to marry Chantay. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

13 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The first of only three episodes in which Deputy Johnny McKay (Peter Brown) takes off his shirt. See more »

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In which Peter Brown finally takes off his shirt
27 November 2015 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

While sleeping one night in the back room of the Marshal's office, Peter Brown is awakened by the presence of Sharon Hugueny, a teenage Indian girl whom he'd earlier befriended. Startled, Brown pushes back the covers, revealing that he's sleeping bare-chested in a clean pair of white-colored long underwear. Brown gently chides the love-struck girl for her behavior but does not, as they say, take advantage of the situation.

Finally, more than two years after the premier of "Lawman" and in the show's 85th episode, 24-year-old Peter Brown reveals his hairless chest, a chest heretofore hidden beneath long-sleeved, neatly-pressed shirts. What took so long? Other Warner Brothers westerns, such as "Cheyenne" and "Bronco," had actors who took off their shirts with pleasing regularity, but for some reason "Lawman" remained immune to this sort of "beefcake." In Peter Brown's case, this is especially puzzling since he had a torso which was easy on the eyes and since he had the potential to become one of those "heartthrobs" so dear to boy-crazy teenage girls. For whatever reason, however, the modesty continued. Brown appeared shirtless in only two more episodes: "Cornered" and "No Contest." All three of these brief bare-chest scenes occurred at night inside the Marshal's office, when Brown was aroused from his bed. In "Cornered" he wakens alone from a nightmare and in "No Contest" he's awakened by a visiting male friend. Sharon Hugueny is thus the only female to get a look at his bare chest and despite the possibilities, this scene is not played for romance. In fact, during the entire run of "Lawman," Brown is never presented as a serious object of true romantic attention. Strange.

One week later, in episode 86, John Russell finally did his only full-fledged "beefcake" scene in "Lawman" when he strips off his shirt to engage in a bare-knuckle boxing match.

Warners briefly tried to promote Sharon Hugueny by casting her as one of Troy Donahue's girlfriends in "Parrish" but her career never took off. Incidentally, the Indian man to whom she's been promised in "Chantay" is played by Dean Fredericks, soon to achieve his 15-minutes of fame by going blond and playing Steve Canyon in the short-lived TV series based on the comic strip.

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