The Best Western Series Ever Made
Robert Fuller and The Laramie Years
Congratulations to all the cast and crew of Laramie as on 15th September 2009
Laramie celebrates the first 50 years
Here's to the next 50 !
THE LARAMIE YEARS APPEARS WITH THE KIND PERMISSION OF ROBERT FULLER, AND IS THE ONLY LARAMIE SITE ON THE NET ENDORSED BY HIM PERSONALLY.
Slim and Jess - the heroes of Laramie
Laramie first aired on Sept 15th 1959. There were 124 episodes, and it ran for 4 years. Of the 124 episodes, 64 were in black & white and 60 were in colour.
It attracted a wide range of well known guest stars including Charles Bronson, Dan Duryea, Ernest Borgnine, James Coburn, Lee Van Cleef and Claude Akins.
Over the 4 years it ran the characters and their relationships grew and developed. Slim Sherman was the sensible logical one who thought first and acted later. Jess Harper was impulsive and often acted out of instinct. As the years went by Jess matured but never lost his wild streak, while some of his impulsiveness rubbed off onto Slim. They were a perfect pair, one counter balancing the other and between them they attracted millions of fans worldwide. It is generally believed that Robert Fuller was the most popular of the two actors, and Jess Harper the most popular of the two characters - but that should not mislead anyone into underestimating the contribution made by John Smith as Slim Sherman.
John Smith was in fact originally chosen for the role of Jess Harper and Robert Fuller for the role of Slim Sherman. However it was soon realized that they were far better suited to each other's part and so they were swapped. Thank heaven they, did because looking back I cannot imagine any other actor in the world that could have done a better job than Robert Fuller as Jess and John Smith as Slim.
In the first season Slim and Jess were joined by Andy, Slim's young brother and Jonesy an old friend of Slim's father. Andy was played by Robert Crawford Jnr and Jonesy by the very popular Hoagy Carmichael.
By season three both Jonesy and Andy had left and were replaced by orphan Mike Williams played by Dennis Holmes, and housekeeper Daisy Cooper played by Spring Byington. Also a new regular sheriff appeared, Mort Corey played by Stuart Randal.
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