Laramie (1959–1963)
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The Iron Captain 

Slim and Jess capture a ruthless outlaw and his partner but find themselves as his captives when the outlaw's gang break the outlaw loose during his trial. Slim is forced to retrieve the outlaw's girlfriend to save Jess - against her will.


Robert B. Sinclair


E. Jack Neuman (teleplay), Robert Pirosh (story)


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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Hoagy Carmichael ... Jonesy
Robert Crawford Jr. Robert Crawford Jr. ... Andy Sherman
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Edmond O'Brien ... Capt. Sam Prado
Valerie Allen ... Lita Ray
James Coburn ... Finch
Denver Pyle ... Sheriff Hailey
George Keymas ... Dixie Anderson
Gerald Milton Gerald Milton ... Jake Strome
Dehl Berti Dehl Berti ... Pat
James Anderson ... Dusty


Captain Sam Prado is psychopath that finds himself at Sherman Ranch and Relay Station with a saddle bag full of stolen money and the law hot on his trail. Hoping to avoid capture he hides the money at the ranch and threatens Jonesy and Andy Sherman. Slim Sherman and Jess Harper foil Prado's escape and he's captured. With Slim and Jess the key witnesses at his trial a brazen escape is made with the help of Prado's gang and Slim and Jess are taken as hostage by Prado. Slim is sent to Sweetwater by Prado to fetch Lita Ray, the saloon entertainer that he currently fancies and has twelve hours to return with Lita or Jess's life is forfeit. Slim makes it to Sweetwater but Lita does not want anything to do with Prado and refuses to go back with Slim which forces the rancher to abduct her. When Slim turns the tables on the man that Prado had following him, he takes Lita to Sherman Ranch and forces Prado to bring Jess to the ranch in trade for Lita. Prado has no choice because he wants Lita. ... Written by DarSpi

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All of Valerie Allen's lines were re-dubbed in post-production. See more »


When Jess is released by Prado's gang he runs into the barn with Slim and Lita. He retrieves a lever action rifle from inside the barn and racks the lever, thus seemingly chambering a round from the magazine, as he is returning to the door where Slim is standing. Slim goes to cover a back window. As Jess takes a position at the door and just after the first shot is fired at him from one of the gang members he again racks the lever of the rifle as if to load the chamber again. However since he has already done that no live round was ejected from the chamber upon racking the lever the second time. See more »


Captain Sam Prado: Blindfold?
Jess Harper: Keep it. Blow your nose sometime.
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The money and the woman
1 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Robert Crawford and Hoagy Carmichael catch Edmond O'Brien stealing some fresh mounts at Sherman station. As horses for the stagecoach line is their business they take a dim view. John Smith and Robert Fuller rescue them, but then they are in turn captured by the gang. Unbeknownst to all O'Brien tosses two saddlebags in an old well at the ranch with the loot from O'Brien's last job.

O'Brien plays a real bottom feeding psychotic who has no scruples at all even against back shooting which he demonstrates. But he also has a thing for saloon entertainer Valerie Allen and he wants her as well. In a final shootout that proves his undoing.

O'Brien really steals this one from the series regulars. Watch this one for him.

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Release Date:

27 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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