In a Cimarron City saloon, brash loudmouth kid Joey Cole (Robert Fuller), rawhides Mayor Matt Rockford (George Montgomery) into a showdown. The impulsive Joey draws and fires, exploding a bottle of whisky into Rockford’s eyes. While a blinded Rockford unravels his past as a reluctant gunfighter, young Joey hides out, nearly imploding with remorse. Joey goes back to face Rockford, not to crawl, but to apologize. In their brief scene together, guest Robert Fuller and series star John Smith (Sheriff Lane Temple) display tantalizing glimpses of their future legendary Laramie chemistry as Jess Harper and Slim Sherman.
Air Date: 12th January 1959
Episode: Shadow Of A Gunfighter
Role: Jim Winfield
One month after Peligroso aired, Robert again appeared in The Restless Gun. Jim Winfield is a young man trying to escape his father’s gun-fighter reputation. After trail-bossing a cattle drive, Jim enthusiastically celebrates in a saloon. Concerned he is an easy target for thieves, Vint Bonner (John Payne), a friend of Jim’s father, escorts him upstairs to sober up. Like so many of Robert’s earlier roles, Jim finds himself on the wrong end of a bullet. The contrast between Bud (Peligroso) and Jim – brings attention to the versatility required of an actor.