Laramie (1959–1963)
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Naked Steel 

After returning to Laramie from leading a cattle drive to Riverton, Slim learns a neighbor's son was killed when he stayed behind. Slim decides to return to Riverton to learn what happened to the money the son had and why he was killed.


Harmon Jones


John C. Champion (story), Donald S. Sanford (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Spring Byington ... Daisy Cooper
Dennis Holmes ... Mike Williams
John Doucette ... Sheriff Tate
Gloria Talbott ... Nora
Robert Cornthwaite ... Heron
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... McKeever
Harlan Warde ... Matt Christy
James Beck James Beck ... Lee Christy
Joan Swift Joan Swift ... Saloon Girl
William Wellman Jr. ... Billy
Gage Clarke ... Jenks


After a cattle drive he led to Riverton, Slim is confronted by Mr. Patton whose son was killed by a card shark back in Riverton. Everyone backs up Slim that he was not responsible for what happened to Marty Patton. Upon learning from Daisy that the Patton family is nearly broke, Slim returns to Riverton to investigate what happened and get the $3,000 belonging to the Pattons. He learns that Marty Patton was killed by Lee Christy in a fair fight. Marty had been fleeced by the gambler McKeever and his partner Heron. When Sheriff Tate is forced to shoot and wound Lee, Slim decides to help him handle the fallout as his deputy while looking for McKeever. McKeever and Heron decide to rob the bank followed by Tate overhearing them splitting up in their hotel room. He interrupts them killing Heron. The sheriff is in love with a saloon girl and finds the money the thieves left behind. He offers to take the girl away for a new start. How will Slim get the money to save Mr. Patton's ranch back ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

1 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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"Naked Steel" has basically the same plot device as Season 1, Episode 5, "The Star Trail", only in the newer episode it is Slim instead of Jess in the lead, John Doucette instead of Lloyd Nolan as the lawman, and Gloria Talbott instead of Patricia Barry as the saloon girl. See more »

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All you want in a square shooting marshal
16 January 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The plot really goes all over the map in this Laramie story and it starts with Slim Sherman having to calm down a distraught father who for some strange reason feels that John Smith should have acted as a nursemaid to his son who gambled away his end of a cattle drive that Smith ramrodded for several small ranchers. Still as cowboy heroes do John Smith goes to the town he was killed in and finds that the young punk who killed the neighbor's son is a fast gun with a reputation.

For which Smith is grateful for Marshal John Doucette to be backing him up even though Doucette is a friend of the gunman's father who owns the local Ponderosa. Doucette needs help in standing up to the ranch and its hands and Smith stays on as a deputy.

Doucette seems all you would want in square shooting marshal. But Doucette is also got himself involved with golddigging femme fatale saloon girl Gloria Talbott who made several Laramie appearances. It leads to a Greek tragic downfall.

Doucette and Talbott make an interesting pair in this Laramie story.

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