Laramie (1959–1963)
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The General Must Die 

Slim's civil war friend, Whit Malone, arrives on the stage. He offers Slim and Andy a chance to go fishing on his Montana ranch during their night of drinking. A sober Slim turns it down not realizing Whit's plan to kill General Sherman.


Francis D. Lyon


John C. Champion (story), John Dunkel (teleplay)


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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
Brian Keith ... Whit Malone
John Hoyt ... Colonel Brandon
Read Morgan ... Charlie
Don 'Red' Barry ... Colin (as Donald Barry)
Robert Nash Robert Nash ... Sheriff McCord
Kenneth MacDonald ... Zeke - Decoy Stage Driver
Jason Johnson ... Telegraph Agent
Tom London ... Wilson - Sherman's Stage Driver
Gilman Rankin ... General William Tecumseh


Whit Malone, an old army buddy of Slim Sherman's, shows up unexpectedly at the Sherman Ranch and Relay station supposedly to have a visit with Slim. Whit gets Slim drunk reminiscing about old time and also gets him to agree to taking Andy up to his ranch in Montana for some fishing. In the sobering light of the next day, Slim reneges on taking Andy and Whit is forced to reveal that he is allied with one Colonel Brandt who is out to assassinate General William Tecumseh Sherman. General Sherman is expected at the relay station that day. Jess Harper is also expected to return to the ranch from a trip out of town. When Jess arrives Jonesy plays like Jess is a stranger and he picks up immediately that something isn't right at the relay station, playing along with Jonesy. After Jess heads into Laramie Whit figures out that the stranger was Jess and chases after him. Jess rides into an ambush on the road into Laramie and takes a fake fall off his horse. The attackers take no chances and ... Written by Anonymous

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17 November 1959 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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General Sherman visits Sherman station
3 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

No less a celebrated visitor than army chief of staff and Union war hero than William Tecumseh Sherman is scheduled to stop at Sherman station. But an old army friend of John Smith's played by Brian Keith stops off as well and he's up to no good.

Keith is part of a plot to assassinate Sherman. Not for any great political reason, but as a matter of revenge for John Hoyt who was Keith's immediate superior in the late Civil War.

General Sherman had Hoyt courtmartialed and cashiered from the army for sacrificing a couple of companies of troops to cover up a tactical blunder he made. Hoyt just wants some payback.

Smith is disgusted to learn how little knew of the character of Keith because service under fire will usually bring out the total character of anyone there to all around him. Apparently not so in Keith's case.

Hoyt's a piece of work as coldblooded and as egotistical a creature as you would ever want to meet.

As we know there was no assassination attempt on William Tecumseh Sherman. See how Slim Sherman and Jess Harper foil the dastardly attempt.

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