Laramie (1959–1963)
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Wolf Cub 

Jess rescues a crippled Blackfoot boy from a scalp hunter. Several of the Blackfoot have escaped the reservation with the Army rounding up most of them. With tensions high Mike and the boy leave putting both into danger from both sides.

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Lesley Selander
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Spring Byington ... Daisy Cooper
Dennis Holmes ... Mike Williams
Robert Blake ... Lame Wolf
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Earl Droody
Kenneth MacDonald ... Captain Reeves
Hardie Albright ... Captain Foster
Frank DeKova ... Chief Red Wolf
Edward Mallory Edward Mallory ... Corporal Prescott (as Ed Mallory)
Addison Richards ... Maxwell
Don Heitgerd Don Heitgerd ... Guard
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When Jess Harper saves a young, crippled Blackfoot boy from a scalp hunter he involves himself, Slim Sherman, Daisy Cooper and Mike in a whole mess of trouble. Defying an Army edict for helping the Blackfoot lands Jess in hot water. The boy, Lame Wolf, would see them all dead except for the hope of fixing the lameness that has turned his own father against him. The scalp hunter, having had the boy taken from him twice, would see Jess' scalp numbered among his trophies. When a sympathetic Army surgeon fixes the boy's leg, it opens up an opportunity to make peace with the Blackfoot. The scalp hunter has other ideas which drives the boy, with Mike, into the hills to search for his father and prove that he is his father's son. With the scalp hunter following behind it's up to Jess stop him before anyone gets hurt. Written by DarSpi

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Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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During this episode Jess refers to Lame Wolf as a boy numerous times while in reality Jess (Robert Fuller) and Lame Wolf (Robert Blake) we're both 28 at the time of airing. See more »

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Pure Evil
4 January 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode has Captain Kenneth MacDonald preferring to shoot Indians rather than simply round them up and return them to the reservation as per his orders. When a lame Indian kid played by Robert Blake who appropriately first made a name in feature films playing Little Beaver in the Red Ryder series is trapped by a scalp hunter it's Robert Fuller who comes to his rescue.

Blake is Blackfoot chief Frank DeKova's son and naturally not fond of white people. Spring Byington who spent the Civil War volunteering as a nurse in Union army hospitals says the lameness can be cured with an operation that army surgeon Hardie Albright could perform.

The revelation here is Arthur Hunnicutt who shows his range an a chillingly evil performance as the scalphunter. Hunnicutt is probably best known for his role as the narrator and trapper of Howard Hawks's The Big Sky. Also for Hawks he was Robert Mitchum's deputy sheriff in El Dorado. He played a slew of rustic characters who were usually decent folks.

Hunnicutt is just pure evil as the scalphunter, a profession not likely to attract Sunday school teachers. He really enjoys his work and it's profitable as well.

I was not crazy about the ending, I sure couldn't see it being as rosy as it was. Still the acting is great especially from Arthur Hunnicutt.


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