Laramie (1959–1963)
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Shadow of the Past 

Jess is acting deputy sheriff when he receives a note from his sister Francie who he thought was dead. He finds her in Laramie trying to get permission to bury her husband who is a well known outlaw but the townspeople won't allow it.


Herman Hoffman


David Lang (teleplay and story), Daniel B. Ullman (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview:
John Smith ... Slim Sherman
Robert Fuller ... Jess Harper
Spring Byington ... Daisy Cooper
Dennis Holmes ... Mike Williams
Jim Davis ... Ben McKittrick
Jacqueline Scott ... Francie
Ron Hayes ... Carl Keefer
John Qualen ... Mr. Elbee
L.Q. Jones ... Frank Keefer
Eddy Waller ... Mose
Edna Holland ... Mrs. Duncan
Andy Romano ... Will Keefer
Norman Leavitt ... Saloon Keeper
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Storekeeper
Olan Soule ... Fred


Slim is leaving for Cheyenne on company business while the stage driver, Mose, gives Jess a letter he received in Laramie. Jess Harper is filling in as deputy sheriff in Laramie when he discovers vie the letter his big sister Francie is not dead as he's believed for four years. Francie has come to Laramie seeking Jess' help to bury her "dead" husband, gunman Ben McKittrick. Ben was wounded by the Keefer brothers and is hiding after having killed one of them in a fair fight, Francie hopes that Jess can help her fool everyone so that they can live in peace. It becomes complicated when the three Keefer's show up in Laramie demanding the body of McKittrick. They hide the wounded Ben at the Sherman ranch while Jess keeps an eye on the Keefer's in Laramie. So begins a dangerous game between Jess and the Keefers with the townspeople of Laramie in the middle as the Keefer's damage their property hoping to force someone to tell the location of Ben. In the end either Jess will be left standing ... Written by DarSpi

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16 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Jacqueline Scott plays Jess's older sister, Francie.. Jim Davis plays her husband, Ben McKittrick. See more »

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28 February 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Laramie story has Jess Harper acting as a deputy sheriff when he gets a note from his sister Jacqueline Scott whom he thought dead in a diphtheria plague. She wants to bury her late husband Jim Davis, but he's not dead. It's a ruse to throw off the Keefer brothers, a bottom feeding trio of pecker-woods played by Ron Hayes, L.Q. Jones, and Andy Romano.

Robert Fuller has an honest and tough face and these kind of ruses well intentioned they might be are just not in his nature. You know there will be a showdown with the Keefers and a loss of any or all of them will not be mourned by many.

The scenes with Scott and Fuller are quite well done and truly show a reuniting of brother and sister. And we learn about Jess Harper's background, just a bit.

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