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Lawman (TV series)

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Lawman opening credits
StarringJohn Russell
Peter Brown
Peggie Castle
Theme music composerMack David (lyrics)
Jerry Livingston
ComposersJohn Rarig
William Lava
David Buttolph
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes156
Executive producerWilliam T. Orr
ProducersJules Schermer
Oren W. Haglund (Production manager)
Gordon Bau (make-up)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25 minutes
Production companyWarner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Division
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 5, 1958 (1958-10-05) –
June 24, 1962 (1962-06-24)
Related showsMaverick

Lawman is an American Western television series originally telecast on ABC from 1958 to 1962, starring John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop and Peter Brown as Deputy Marshal Johnny McKay. The series was set in Laramie, Wyoming, during 1879 and the 1880s. Warner Bros. already had several Western series on the air at the time.

Prior to the beginning of production, Russell, Brown, and producer Jules Schermer made a pact to maintain the quality of the series so that it would not be seen as "just another Western". At the start of season two, Russell and Brown were joined by Peggie Castle as Lily Merrill, the owner of the Birdcage Saloon, and a love interest for Dan.

The main sponsor of the series was the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company through their Camel cigarettes brand. The alternate[clarification needed] sponsor was General Mills. The two main stars did spots endorsing Camel cigarettes and Cheerios breakfast cereal.[citation needed]


Dan Troop leaves Abilene, Kansas, for the town of Laramie, Wyoming. He is offered the town marshal's job after the previous marshal, David Lemp, is murdered. On the way into town, he meets Johnny McKay, who is placing a tombstone on Lemp's grave. Johnny mistakes Dan for a crook, but they meet up later again at the cafe owned by Lemp's widow Dru, played by Bek Nelson, where Johnny works as a dishwasher. Dan puts a sign in the window of the marshal's office that reads, "Deputy Wanted". Johnny applies for the job, but Dan turns him down, because he believes that, at the age of 19, Johnny is too young. Dan later comes across Lacey Hawks, played by Edd Byrnes, in the Bluebonnet Saloon. Lacey tries to coax Dan into a gunfight, but Dan arrests him, instead. Lacey promises Dan that his two brothers Flynn, played by Jack Elam, and Walt, played by Lee Van Cleef, will come after him. Johnny tells Dan that Flynn is the one who killed Marshal Lemp, and that the whole town saw him do it, but were too afraid to stand up to him. He again volunteers to help Dan take them down, but Troop refuses. Johnny tells him that he cannot take both remaining Hawks brothers alone. Dan goes out to face them, anyway. Dan shoots Flynn, but then hears another shot from behind him. Dan sees Walt fall dead, and then turns around to see Johnny standing there with a rifle in his hand. Dan motions for Johnny to follow him back into the office, and then takes down the "Deputy Wanted" sign.[1]

During the course of season one, Troop teaches Johnny the fundamentals of law enforcement. Frequently, while Troop is pursuing outlaws, Johnny remains behind to guard the town. In seasons two through four, though, Johnny becomes more involved in the action and carries some entire episodes by himself (such as in the season-three episode "Chantey" and season-four episode2 "The Youngest"). During season one, the episodes maintain a serious tone, but when Lily arrives at the start of season two, the scripts begin incorporating some comedic elements that lighten the tone, as well as some elements of romance, as Dan Troop and Lily Merrill's friendship grows. Johnny always addressed Marshal Dan Troop as "Mr. Troop" or "Sir" throughout the series run. Throughout season one, Troop usually called Johnny "Boy" with a tone indicating that it was aimed at Johnny's age; as the series progressed, Troop called Johnny by name more often than not, and only occasionally called him "Boy", though now with a tone indicating it was a term of friendship.


Season 1 (1958–59)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"The Deputy"Montgomery PittmanDean RiesnerOctober 5, 1958 (1958-10-05)
22"The Prisoner"Richard L. BareStory by : Frank Gruber
Teleplay by : Edmund Morris
October 12, 1958 (1958-10-12)
33"The Joker"Stuart HeislerFinlay McDermidOctober 19, 1958 (1958-10-19)
44"The Oath"Leslie H. MartinsonStory by : Irving Rubine
Teleplay by : William F. Leicester
October 26, 1958 (1958-10-26)
55"The Outcast"Stuart HieslerStory by : Jack Emanuel & William F. Leicester
Teleplay by : William F. Leicester
November 2, 1958 (1958-11-02)
66"The Jury"Richard L. BareEdmund MorrisNovember 9, 1958 (1958-11-09)
77"Wanted"Leslie H. MartinsonFinlay McDermidNovember 16, 1958 (1958-11-16)
88"The Badge"Lee SholemFinlay McDermid & Bernard C. SchoenfeldNovember 23, 1958 (1958-11-23)
99"Bloodline"Leslie H. MartinsonStory by : Budd & Burt Arthur
Teleplay by : Finlay McDermid
November 30, 1958 (1958-11-30)
1010"The Intruders"Stuart HeislerStory by : David Lang
Teleplay by : David Lang & Edmund Morris
December 7, 1958 (1958-12-07)
1111"Short Straw"Stuart HeislerClair HuffakerDecember 14, 1958 (1958-12-14)
1212"Lady in Question"Alan Crosland Jr.David LangDecember 21, 1958 (1958-12-21)
1313"The Master"Anton LeaderStory by : Finlay McDermid
Teleplay by : Finlay McDermid & Edmund Morris
December 28, 1958 (1958-12-28)
1414"The Outsider"Stuart HeislerWilliam F. LeicesterJanuary 4, 1959 (1959-01-04)
1515"The Captives"Stuart HeislerEdmund MorrisJanuary 11, 1959 (1959-01-11)
1616"The Encounter"Stuart HeislerClair HuffakerJanuary 18, 1959 (1959-01-18)
1717"The Brand Release"Stuart HeislerStory by : Oliver Crawford
Teleplay by : Oliver Crawford & Edmund Morris
January 25, 1959 (1959-01-25)
1818"The Runaway"Stuart HeislerWilliam F. LeicesterFebruary 1, 1959 (1959-02-01)
1919"Warpath"Stuart HeislerDean RiesnerFebruary 8, 1959 (1959-02-08)
2020"The Gunman"Stuart HeislerClair HuffakerFebruary 15, 1959 (1959-02-15)
2121"The Big Hat"Stuart HeislerWilliam F. LeicesterFebruary 22, 1959 (1959-02-22)
2222"The Chef"Stuart HeislerStory by : Mortimer Braus
Teleplay by : Edmund Morris
March 1, 1959 (1959-03-01)
2323"The Posse"Stuart HeislerWilliam F. LeicesterMarch 8, 1959 (1959-03-08)
2424"The Visitor"Stuart HeislerEdmund MorrisMarch 15, 1959 (1959-03-15)
2525"Battle Scar"Stuart HeislerStory by : Lawrence Menkin & Don Tait
Teleplay by : Edmund Morris
March 22, 1959 (1959-03-22)
2626"The Gang"Stuart HeislerStory by : Eddie Anderson & Frederick Louis Fox
Teleplay by : Clair Huffaker & Edmund Morris
March 29, 1959 (1959-03-29)
2727"The Souvenir"Stuart HeislerStory by : Frederick Louis Fox
Teleplay by : Edmund Morris
April 5, 1959 (1959-04-05)
2828"The Young Toughs"Leslie H. MartinsonClair HuffakerApril 12, 1959 (1959-04-12)
2929"Riding Shotgun"Alan Crosland Jr.Story by : Kenneth Perkins
Teleplay by : William F. Leicester
April 19, 1959 (1959-04-19)
3030"The Journey"Stuart HeislerEdmund MorrisApril 26, 1959 (1959-04-26)
3131"The Huntress"Stuart HeislerClair HuffakerMay 3, 1959 (1959-05-03)
3232"The Return"Stuart HeislerStory by : James Barnett & Jules Schermer
Teleplay by : Finlay McDermid
May 10, 1959 (1959-05-10)
3333"The Senator"Stuart HeislerStory by : Booker McClay
Teleplay by : Booker McClay & Clair Huffaker
May 17, 1959 (1959-05-17)
3434"The Ring"Leslie H. MartinsonStory by : Harry Whittington
Teleplay by : Edmund Morris
May 24, 1959 (1959-05-24)
3535"The Bandit"Lee SholemOliver CrawfordMay 31, 1959 (1959-05-31)
3636"The Wayfarer"Lee SholemStory by : William F. Leicester
Teleplay by : William F. Leicester & Edmund Morris
June 7, 1959 (1959-06-07)
3737"The Conclave"Mark Sandrich Jr.Edmund MorrisJune 14, 1959 (1959-06-14)
3838"Bad Ransom"Leslie H. MartinsonWilliam F. LeicesterJune 21, 1959 (1959-06-21)
3939"The Friend"Mark Sandrich Jr.Clair HuffakerJune 28, 1959 (1959-06-28)

Season 2 (1959–60)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
401"Lily"Leslie H. MartinsonStory by : Clair Huffaker
Teleplay by : Dean Riesner
October 4, 1959 (1959-10-04)
412"The Hunch"Robert SparrWilliam F. LeicesterOctober 11, 1959 (1959-10-11)
423"Shackled"Leslie H. MartinsonWilliam F. LeicesterOctober 18, 1959 (1959-10-18)
434"The Exchange"Robert SparrEdmund MorrisOctober 25, 1959 (1959-10-25)
445"The Last Man"Robert SparrClair HuffakerNovember 1, 1959 (1959-11-01)
456"The Breakup"Paul GuilfoyleClair HuffakerNovember 8, 1959 (1959-11-08)
467"Shadow Witness"Everett SloaneWilliam F. LeicesterNovember 15, 1959 (1959-11-15)
478"The Prodigal"Paul StewartWilliam F. LeicesterNovember 22, 1959 (1959-11-22)
489"The Press"Robert SparrRic HardmanNovember 29, 1959 (1959-11-29)
4910"9:05 to North Platte"Robert SparrClair HuffakerDecember 6, 1959 (1959-12-06)
5011"The Hoax"Robert SparrDean RiesnerDecember 20, 1959 (1959-12-20)
5112"The Shelter"Paul GulifoyleEdmund MorrisDecember 27, 1959 (1959-12-27)
5213"Last Stop"Robert SparrClair HuffakerJanuary 3, 1960 (1960-01-03)
5314"The Showdown"Robert SparrWilliam F. LeicesterJanuary 10, 1960 (1960-01-10)
5415"The Stranger"Robert SparrClair HuffakerJanuary 17, 1960 (1960-01-17)
5516"The Wolfer"Robert SparrRic HardmanJanuary 24, 1960 (1960-01-24)
5617"The Hardcase"Robert SparrWilliam F. LeicesterJanuary 31, 1960 (1960-01-31)
5718"To Capture the West"Robert SparrClair HuffakerFebruary 7, 1960 (1960-02-07)
5819"The Ugly Man"Robert SparrClair HuffakerFebruary 14, 1960 (1960-02-14)
5920"The Kids"Robert SparrRic HardmanFebruary 21, 1960 (1960-02-21)
6021"The Thimblerigger"Robert SparrRic HardmanFebruary 28, 1960 (1960-02-28)
6122"The Truce"Robert SparrRic HardmanMarch 6, 1960 (1960-03-06)
6223"Reunion in Laramie"Robert SparrWilliam F. LeicesterMarch 13, 1960 (1960-03-13)
6324"Thirty Minutes"Robert SparrRichard MathesonMarch 20, 1960 (1960-03-20)
6425"Left Hand of the Law"Robert SparrStory by : Margaret Armen
Teleplay by : Edmund Morris
March 27, 1960 (1960-03-27)
6526"Belding's Girl"Robert SparrWilliam F. LeicesterApril 3, 1960 (1960-04-03)
6627"Girl from Grantsville"Robert SparrClair HuffakerApril 10, 1960 (1960-04-10)
6728"Surface of Truth"Robert SparrRic HardmanApril 17, 1960 (1960-04-17)
6829"The Salvation of Owny O'Reilly"Robert SparrRic HardmanApril 24, 1960 (1960-04-24)
6930"The Lady Belle"Robert SparrRic HardmanMay 1, 1960 (1960-05-01)
7031"The Payment"Robert SparrStory by : Harry S. Franklin & Lewis Reed
Teleplay by : Berne Giler
May 8, 1960 (1960-05-08)
7132"The Judge"Robert SparrStory by : Montgomery Pittman
Teleplay by : W. Hermanos & Montgomery Pittman
May 15, 1960 (1960-05-15)
7233"Man on a Wire"Robert SparrW. HermanosMay 22, 1960 (1960-05-22)
7334"The Parting"Robert SparrDavid LangMay 29, 1960 (1960-05-29)
7435"The Swamper"Mark Sandrich Jr.Story by : Finlay McDermid
Teleplay by : Edmund Morris
June 5, 1960 (1960-06-05)
7536"Man on a Mountain"Paul Guilfoyle,
Arthur Lubin (uncredited)
Clair HuffakerJune 12, 1960 (1960-06-12)
7637"Fast Trip to Cheyenne"Robert SparrStory by : Jules Schermer
Teleplay by : W. Hermanos
June 19, 1960 (1960-06-19)

Season 3 (1960–61)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
771"The Town Boys"Robert SparrStory by : Jules Schermer
Teleplay by : George Lairden
September 18, 1960 (1960-09-18)
782"The Go-Between"Stuart HeislerStory by : Jules Schermer
Teleplay by : Thomas Hyatt
September 26, 1960 (1960-09-26)
793"The Mad Bunch"Robert SparrRic HardmanOctober 2, 1960 (1960-10-02)
804"The Old War Horse"Robert SparrRic HardmanOctober 9, 1960 (1960-10-09)
815"Return of Owny O'Reilly"Stuart HeislerRic HardmanOctober 16, 1960 (1960-10-16)
826"Yawkey"Stuart HeislerRichard MathesonOctober 23, 1960 (1960-10-23)
837"Dilemma"Robert B. SinclairWilliam F. LeicesterOctober 30, 1960 (1960-10-30)
848"The Post"Marc LawrenceRic HardmanNovember 6, 1960 (1960-11-06)
859"Chantay"Robert B. SinclairRic HardmanNovember 13, 1960 (1960-11-13)
8610"Samson the Great"Stuart HeislerRichard MathesonNovember 20, 1960 (1960-11-20)
8711"The Second Son"Robert B. SinclairRic HardmanNovember 27, 1960 (1960-11-27)
8812"The Catcher"Marc LawrenceWilliam F. LeicesterDecember 4, 1960 (1960-12-04)
8913"Cornered"Marc LawrenceRichard MathesonDecember 11, 1960 (1960-12-11)
9014"The Escape of Joe Kilmer"Robert SparrStory by : Jules Schermer
Teleplay by : James Pitts
December 18, 1960 (1960-12-18)
9115"Old Stefano"Robert B. SinclairRic HardmanDecember 25, 1960 (1960-12-25)
9216"The Robbery"Robert AltmanDean RiesnerJanuary 1, 1961 (1961-01-01)
9317"Firehouse Lil"Leslie H. MartinsonRic HardmanJanuary 8, 1961 (1961-01-08)
9418"The Frame-Up"Marc LawrenceJohn TomerlinJanuary 15, 1961 (1961-01-15)
9519"The Marked Man"Marc LawrenceStory by : Victoria Schermer & Peter Schermer
Teleplay by : Paul Savage and Bronson Howitzer (aka Ric Hardman)
January 22, 1961 (1961-01-22)
9620"The Squatters"Marc LawrenceWilliam F. LeicesterJanuary 29, 1961 (1961-01-29)
9721"Homecoming"Robert B. SinclairRichard MathesonFebruary 5, 1961 (1961-02-05)
9822"Hassayampa"Marc LawrenceRic HardmanFebruary 12, 1961 (1961-02-12)
9923"The Promoter"Leslie H. MartinsonHoward BrowneFebruary 19, 1961 (1961-02-19)
10024"Detweiler's Kid"Marc LawrenceRic HardmanFebruary 26, 1961 (1961-02-26)
10125"The Inheritance"Marc LawrenceJohn TomerlinMarch 5, 1961 (1961-03-05)
10226"Blue Boss & Willie Shay"Stuart HeislerRic HardmanMarch 12, 1961 (1961-03-12)
10327"The Man from New York"Jim FarisRik VollaertsMarch 19, 1961 (1961-03-19)
10428"Mark of Cain"Marc LawrencePaul SavageMarch 26, 1961 (1961-03-26)
10529"Fugitive"Marc LawrenceStory by : John Downing
Teleplay by : John Downing and Bronson Howitzer (aka Ric Hardman)
April 2, 1961 (1961-04-02)
10630"The Persecuted"Richard C. SarafianLeonard Paul SmithApril 9, 1961 (1961-04-09)
10731"The Grubstake"Robert B. SinclairBronson Howitzer (aka Ric Hardman) & Marc MccartyApril 16, 1961 (1961-04-16)
10832"Whiphand"Marc LawrenceSheldon StarkApril 23, 1961 (1961-04-23)
10933"The Threat"Richard C. SarafianJohn TomerlinApril 30, 1961 (1961-04-30)
11034"The Trial"Marc LawrenceJohn TomerlinMay 7, 1961 (1961-05-07)
11135"Blind Hate"Marc LawrenceRik VollaertsMay 14, 1961 (1961-05-14)
11236"The Break-In"Richard C. SarafianMontgomery PittmanMay 21, 1961 (1961-05-21)
11337"Conditional Surrender"Marc LawrenceWalter WagnerMay 28, 1961 (1961-05-28)
11438"Cold Fear"Richard C. SarafianRik VollaertsJune 4, 1961 (1961-06-04)
11539"The Promise"Irving J. MooreJohn D.F. BlackJune 11, 1961 (1961-06-11)

Season 4 (1961–62)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1161"Trapped"Richard C. SarafianWalter WagnerSeptember 17, 1961 (1961-09-17)
1172"The Juror"Marc LawrenceRic HardmanSeptember 24, 1961 (1961-09-24)
1183"The Four"Richard C. SarafianJohn D.F. BlackOctober 1, 1961 (1961-10-01)
1194"The Son"Richard C. SarafianJohn D.F. BlackOctober 8, 1961 (1961-10-08)
1205"Owny O'Reilly, Esquire"Leslie H. MartinsonRic HardmanOctober 15, 1961 (1961-10-15)
1216"The Substitute"Robert B. SinclairStory by : Robert L. Palmer
Teleplay by : Bronson Howitzer (aka Ric Hardman)
October 22, 1961 (1961-10-22)
1227"The Stalker"Richard C. SarafianJohn TomerlinOctober 29, 1961 (1961-10-29)
1238"The Catalog Woman"Leslie H. MartinsonRic HardmanNovember 5, 1961 (1961-11-05)
1249"The Cold One"Richard C. SarafianMark RodgersNovember 12, 1961 (1961-11-12)
12510"Porphyria's Lover"Richard C. SarafianMargaret ArmenNovember 19, 1961 (1961-11-19)
12611"The Appointment"Richard BenedictJohn D.F. BlackNovember 26, 1961 (1961-11-26)
12712"The Lords of Darkness"Richard C. SarafianMark RodgersDecember 3, 1961 (1961-12-03)
12813"Tarot"Robert B. SinclairMark RodgersDecember 10, 1961 (1961-12-10)
12914"The Prodigal Mother"Robert B. SinclairStory by : Fanya Foss
Teleplay by : Paul Savage
December 17, 1961 (1961-12-17)
13015"By the Book"Irving J. MooreJohn TomerlinDecember 24, 1961 (1961-12-24)
13116"Trojan Horse"Richard C. SarafianJohn TomerlinDecember 31, 1961 (1961-12-31)
13217"The Locket"Robert B. SinclairMargaret ArmenJanuary 7, 1962 (1962-01-07)
13318"A Friend of the Family"Richard C. SarafianJohn TomerlinJanuary 14, 1962 (1962-01-14)
13419"The Vintage"Richard C. SarafianJohn D.F. BlackJanuary 21, 1962 (1962-01-21)
13520"The Tarnished Badge"Richard C. SarafianMargaret ArmenJanuary 28, 1962 (1962-01-28)
13621"No Contest"Irving J. MooreBerne GilerFebruary 4, 1962 (1962-02-04)
13722"Change of Venue"Richard C. SarafianMark RodgersFebruary 11, 1962 (1962-02-11)
13823"The Holdout"Richard C. SarafianStory by : Oc Rich
Teleplay by : Anthony Spinner
February 18, 1962 (1962-02-18)
13924"The Barber"Richard C. SarafianJohn D.F. BlackFebruary 25, 1962 (1962-02-25)
14025"The Long Gun"Burt KennedyBurt KennedyMarch 4, 1962 (1962-03-04)
14126"Clootey Hutter"Richard C. SarafianRobert Vincent WrightMarch 11, 1962 (1962-03-11)
14227"Heritage of Hate"Robert B. SinclairWilliam F. LeicesterMarch 18, 1962 (1962-03-18)
14328"Mountain Man"Robert B. SinclairSheldon StarkMarch 25, 1962 (1962-03-25)
14429"The Bride"Richard C. SarafianStory by : Berne Giler
Teleplay by : John Tomerlin
April 1, 1962 (1962-04-01)
14530"The Wanted Man"Burt KennedyBurt KennedyApril 8, 1962 (1962-04-08)
14631"Sunday"Burt KennedyBurt KennedyApril 15, 1962 (1962-04-15)
14732"The Youngest"Robert B. SInclairStory by : Eric Stone
Teleplay by : Eric Stone & John Tomerlin
April 22, 1962 (1962-04-22)
14833"Cort"Burt KennedyAnthony SpinnerApril 29, 1962 (1962-04-29)
14934"The Doctor"Gunther von FritschStory by : Oc Rich
Teleplay by : John D.F. Black & Oc Rich
May 6, 1962 (1962-05-06)
15035"The Man Behind the News"Robert B. SinclairBill Idelson & John TomerlinMay 13, 1962 (1962-05-13)
15136"Get Out of Town"Richard BenedictStory by : Leo Gordon & Paul Leslie Pail
Teleplay by : John D.F. Black
May 20, 1962 (1962-05-20)
15237"The Actor"Richard C. SarafianRichard MathesonMay 27, 1962 (1962-05-27)
15338"Explosion"Richard C. SarafianRik VollaertsJune 3, 1962 (1962-06-03)
15439"Jailbreak"Paul LandresStory by : Don Tait & Coles Trapnell
Teleplay by : John D.F. Black & Wells Root
June 10, 1962 (1962-06-10)
15540"The Unmasked"Robert B. SinclairCharles SmithJune 17, 1962 (1962-06-17)
15641"The Witness"Gunther von FritschJack HawnJune 24, 1962 (1962-06-24)

Main characters

John Russell as Dan Troop
John Russell as Dan Troop

Dan Troop, played by John Russell, is the town marshal of Laramie. Russell based the character on an officer that he knew in the United States Marine Corps. Dan is a hardnosed, by-the-book, seasoned lawman, who is quick with a gun, and also good with his fists. Russell, who was 37 years old when he got the part, theorized that Dan would have to be older to have this much experience as a lawman. After the third episode, Russell had white streaks added to his hair to make him appear older. In addition to being marshal, Dan was both a mentor and friend to his deputy, Johnny McKay. According to Peter Brown on his website, Dan and Johnny's relationship mirrored the relationship that he had with Russell. While Dan was teaching Johnny how to be a lawman, Russell was teaching Brown how to be an actor. Dan also had a romantic relationship with saloon owner Lily Merrill. Dan cared for Lily very deeply, but his job often thwarted their happiness. He had one brother, Clay Troop, played by James Drury, four years before the premiere of The Virginian. Clay Troop was killed in the season one episode, "The Gang". It was revealed that the woman Dan loved and wanted to marry, before her death, had instead wed Clay, a gunfighter and an outlaw. Clay said that his wife "couldn't resist trying to reform" him though she had loved Dan a little more. There were times when the townspeople would second guess Troop, but he always stuck to his guns and was determined to do the right thing.

Brown as Johnny McKay
Brown as Johnny McKay

Johnny McKay, played by Peter Brown, is the deputy marshal of Laramie. Dan had been hesitant to hire Johnny as his deputy, because of his young age, but he later proved his worth. Johnny was orphaned at age ten in Kansas. His father was killed by raiders, and his mother died on a wagon train. The season one episode, "The Joker," dealt with Johnny's origin when an outlaw named Barney Tremain, played by Jeff York in the first of two appearances on the series, rides into Laramie and claims to be Johnny's real father. It was never revealed whether or not he was telling the truth. Johnny was more easy going, but he was also brave, extremely fast with a gun, and loyal to Dan, whom he always referred to as "Mr. Troop." He was like a younger brother to Lily. In the first season, Dan many times left Johnny behind while he left Laramie to pursue criminals. In the later years, Johnny got more involved in the action as Dan began to see him as a partner in the fight against crime than as his humble apprentice. Johnny actually quit three times. Once because if Tremain was his father, he thought that meant he had outlaw blood in him. The second time, he thought Dan was taking credit for a kill he made, but he later found out Dan was trying to protect him. The third time, Johnny had to shoot a friend of his, and lost his nerve to be a lawman. Somehow though, he would eventually come back.

In an attempt to attract female viewers,[citation needed] the producers tried to find the right love interest for Dan. They started off with Dru Lemp, widow of the previous town marshal. Dan admitted in the first episode he had a previous relationship with a woman who was killed by a stray bullet. Midway through the first season, the character was dropped due to Russell and Nelson having a lack of chemistry.

Later in the first season, Barbara Lang was brought in as Julie Tate, the daughter of Harry Tate, played by Jon Lormer, who was the editor of the town newspaper. She and Dan did not hit it off right away, because she felt he was not doing enough to find her father's killer. After four episodes, she was never seen again.

John Russell and Peggie Castle
John Russell and Peggie Castle

Lily Merrill (Peggie Castle) then came to town as the owner of the Birdcage Saloon.[2] Lily had been run out of Billings, Montana, by a crooked sheriff. At first she and Dan thought each other were crooked. After finding out that they were both wrong, Dan and Lily became very close during the remainder of the run of the series. As their relationship grew, Lily often dropped hints about wanting to marry Dan, and he would pretend that he did not hear. Lily was formerly married to outlaw Frank Quinlaven, played by Mike Road in the season two episode, "The Exchange." They had a son named Tommy, played by Bryan Russell, who lived with her sister. Frank tried to use Tommy as a bargaining chip to get Lily to help him rob the Laramie bank, but Dan stopped him at the last minute. Dan and Johnny often used Lily as a sounding board whenever they had a problem. Lily is beautiful, feisty, courageous, extremely loyal, and occasionally even uses a gun herself to help Dan and Johnny when no one else will. In addition to running her saloon, Lily was also elected the town fire chief, and briefly filled in as schoolmarm.

Recurring characters

  • Dru Lemp (Bek Nelson) appeared in eight episodes of season one. She owns a local cafe and is the widow of the previous town marshal, David Lemp.
  • Judge Trager (Harry Cheshire) appeared in fifteen episodes over all four seasons. He oversees all of the court cases in Laramie. He is a member of the town council and a close friend of Dan's.
  • Harry Tate (Jon Lormer) appeared in five episodes in season one as the editor of the town newspaper, the bi-weekly "Laramie Free Press", and a close friend of Dan's. He was killed by mistake when wearing the hat of the intended victim. Tate had a daughter, Julie.
  • Julie Tate (Barbara Lang) appeared in four episodes of season one. She takes over as editor for the newspaper after her father was killed.
Peter Brown as the deputy
Peter Brown as the deputy
  • Tom Pike (Lane Chandler) appeared in four episodes of season one. He is a member of the town council and was constantly second guessing Dan's decisions.
  • Hank the Bartender, (Emory Parnell) appeared in eleven episodes of the first two seasons. He is the bartender at the Bluebonnet Saloon, a precursor to the Birdcage.
  • Doc Stewart, the town physician, is initially portrayed by James Bell and for seven other episodes by Tom Palmer.
  • Timmo McQueeney (Clancy Cooper) appeared in fifteen episodes in season two. He is Lily's main bartender, a big burly guy, who talks with a thick Irish accent.
  • Jake Summers (Dan Sheridan) appeared in thirty-eight episodes in seasons three and four. Jake became Lily's main bartender who informs Dan and Johnny if any strangers come into town. Prior to becoming Jake, Sheridan guest starred twice in two separate roles.
  • Owny O'Reilly (Joel Grey) appeared three times in seasons 2-4. In the episode "The Salvation of Owny O'Reilly" (April 24, 1960), Grey, at twenty-eight, plays the teenager Owny O'Reilly, who is befriended by Deputy McKay. After he finds gold thrown into a well by the partner of his outlaw brother, Owny decides to return the money but only after coming into the crossfire of the marshal and the outlaws.[3] In time, Owny becomes close friends with Dan and Johnny. In the season 3 episode "The Return of Owny O'Reilly", he plays a comical sidekick as Dan's deputy while Johnny is away. Finally, in the season 4 episode "Owny O'Reilly, Esq.", Grey's character blunders his way yet again into catching an escaped criminal.
  • Jack Stiles (Doodles Weaver) appeared in four episodes of season two as the clerk at the Hotel Laramie and one of Dan and Johnny's informants.
  • Oren Slauson (Vinton Hayworth) appeared in nine episodes of seasons 2-4. He is the manager of the Laramie Bank, which seemed to get robbed regularly.
  • Ben Toomey (Grady Sutton) appeared in twelve episodes of seasons 3-4. He took over as clerk at the Hotel Laramie and like Jack before him gave Dan and Johnny information on a regular basis.

In the next-to-the last episode entitled "The Unmasked" (June 17, 1962), Lawman presents an entirely fictitious portrayal of Boston Corbett, the man who shot and mortally wounded John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Played by character actor Dabbs Greer, Corbett is given the name "Joe Brockway" and depicted as a hotel owner in Laramie. In the story line, two former Confederates from Georgia, played by Barry Atwater and Charles Maxwell, arrive in Laramie in search of Brockway, the key, they claim, to the settlement of an estate to which they are all a party. Jack Albertson is cast in the episode as a somewhat comical traveling elixir salesman named "Doc" Peters.[4]

Guest stars

  • Steve Pendleton and Lee Van Cleef played deputies Kelsey and Clyde Wilson, respectively, in the episode "Man on a Mountain" (June 12, 1960).
  • Vivi Janiss appeared as Alice Welch in "The Visitor", along with Charles Cooper as gunfighter Jack Rollins, Stephen Talbot as Jamie Rollins, Doug McClure as Jed Ryan, and Roscoe Ates as The Old Timer (March 15, 1959).
  • DeForest Kelley, five years before Star Trek, was cast as Bent Carr, a greedy ranch foreman, in the episode "Squatters" (January 29, 1961). Carr contributes to the death of his pneumonia-stricken employer by raising the window and removing his cover on a cold night. Armed with power of attorney, he then proceeds to expunge from the ranch lands several farm families who had received permission to settle there by his departed employer.[5] On February 28, 1960, he was cast as Sam White, in "The Thimblerigger", in an earlier episode.
  • Sammy Davis, Jr., appears in the episode "Blue Boss and Willie Shay" (March 12, 1961) as singing cowboy Willie Shay, who sings part of the western song, "The Streets of Laredo," also known as "The Cowboy's Lament".
  • Peter Breck, formerly of Black Saddle and later of The Big Valley, appears as the arrogant Hale Connors in "Trapped" (September 17, 1961), the first episode of the last season of Lawman. In the story line, Connors places "Plague" warning signs to keep people from entering Laramie while he demands all $150,000 of the assets of the bank as the price for releasing stagecoach passengers being held hostage under threat of death. Marshal Troop devises a plan to thwart Connors and return the money to the bank.[6]
  • Robert McQueeney is cast in the episode "Tarot" (December 10, 1961) as Joe Wyatt, an old friend of Lily Merrill's who arrives at the Birdcage. He reads fortune cards for her friends; all become true, but one suddenly points to death. Wyatt tries to halt a robbery but is fatally wounded in the attempt.[7]
  • Billy Booth appears as a young boy, Tad McCallan, in the episode "The Prodigal Mother" (December 17, 1961). Tad's birth mother, now the married Margaret Coleson, played by Catherine McLeod, returns to Laramie to reclaim him legally from his foster parents, who are poor, hardworking farmers. When Tad tells Mrs. Coleson that she is his mother, but not his "maw", she decides to leave the boy with the McCallans but agrees to keep in contact with him.[8]
  • Lyle Talbot in the episode "By the Book" (December 24, 1961) plays Orville Luster, an overbearing assistant to the territorial marshal, who arrives in Laramie questioning Dan Troop's methods of law enforcement. Troop makes a decision to release two drunken patrons of the Birdcage against Luster's recommendation, and the results are unexpected. Luster soon turns into an admirer of Troop because the two drunks save Luster's life from an attack by others. Walter Burke appears in a comical role as Ernie.[9]
  • Stephen Talbot (Lyle Talbot's son) played Jamie Rollins in the 1959 episode, "The Visitor."
  • Marie Windsor in the episode "The Wanted Man" (April 8, 1962) portrays Ann Jesse, a woman who dies in childbirth. Her wanted husband, Frank (Dick Foran), orders their grown son, Ben (Jan Stine) to turn him into Marshal Dan Troop in order to collect the $5,000 reward to have the means to rear his infant brother. Meanwhile, Troop counters Joe Street (Alan Baxter), a bounty hunter seeking the same reward.[10]
Andrew Duggan in Lawman
Andrew Duggan in Lawman
  • Andrew Duggan appeared several times on Lawman, including the part of Frank Boone in "Sunday" (April 15, 1962). In the story line, Boone desperately demands that he be allowed to take a young outlaw, Billy Deal (Richard Evans), to Montana Territory, where Boone can receive amnesty for his own past crimes in return for bringing Deal to the gallows. At great risk to himself, Marshal Troop is determined to send Deal on the Sunday train to answer for another crime in Casper.[11]
  • Olive Carey delivers a noteworthy performance as a bullying mother, "Ma" Martin, of three grown sons in the episode "The Youngest" (April 22, 1962). In the story line, Mrs. Martin pushes her sons, particularly the youngest, Jim Martin, Jr. (Joseph Gallison), to take revenge on Marshal Troop for the rightful shooting death of their father, who pulled a gun while involved in a crooked poker game. Jim, however, decides to stand up to his mother upon realizing that his father provoked the shooting.[12]
  • Kevin Hagen and Harry Carey, Jr., appeared as estranged brothers in the episode "Cort" (April 29, 1962). In the story line, Cort Evers (Hagen) seeks revenge against his brother Mitch (Carey), whom he mistakenly blames for betraying six Union Army prisoners from their hometown during the American Civil War. Mitch is compelled to confront Cort in a shootout during which he explains that it had been Cort himself, under the influence of a fever, who betrayed the prisoners. Cort faints to the ground as he remembers the startling truth of the betrayal.[13]

Other guest stars:

Production notes

Being part of the Warner Bros. array of westerns, Lawman participated in two crossovers. Russell and Brown appeared in the "Hadley's Hunters" episode of Maverick with Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick. Peter Brown and Adam West also appeared as Johnny McKay and Doc Holliday, respectively, in the Sugarfoot episode "The Trial of the Canary Kid", which was a sequel to the Lawman episode, "The Wayfarer." The premise was that the Canary Kid, Sugarfoot's twin cousin, was in the Laramie jail at the same time as Holliday, and McKay and Holliday were called in to testify accordingly.

The studio routinely recycled scripts through their various series to save money on writers, frequently crediting the results to "W. Hermanos" (Spanish for W. Brothers). Two Lawman scripts, "The Payment" and "The Judge" were renamed from episodes of Cheyenne and reduced from sixty to thirty minutes.


Lawman also spawned a variety of merchandise during the run of the series, including lunchboxes, puzzles, boots, arcade cards, sheet music, action figures, toy rifles, and cap pistols. There was also a Lawman comic, drawn by Dan Spiegle, which ran for eleven issues (1958–1962).[14]

Home media

Warner Archive has released all four seasons on DVD in Region 1.[15][16][17] These are manufacture-on-demand (MOD) releases, available through Warner's online store and

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 39 July 7, 2015
The Complete Second Season 39 August 25, 2015
The Complete Third Season 39 December 1, 2015
The Complete Fourth Season 41 February 2, 2016


Lawman can currently be seen in re-runs Monday through Friday at 6:20 p.m. ET on the Encore Westerns Channel. The 156th and final episode of the series aired on June 18, 2013. Encore also rebroadcasts Laredo, which aired on NBC from 1965 to 1967 which also co-starred Peter Brown.[18]


  1. ^ "Lawman: "The Deputy", October 5, 1958". Archived from the original on April 1, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  2. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. Penguin Books USA, Inc. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8. P. 472.
  3. ^ "The Salvation of Owny O'Reilly" at IMDb
  4. ^ "The Unmasked" at IMDb
  5. ^ "Squatters" at IMDb
  6. ^ "Trapped" at IMDb
  7. ^ "Tarot" at IMDb
  8. ^ "The Prodigal Mother" at IMDb
  9. ^ "By the Book" at IMDb
  10. ^ "The Wanted Man" at IMDb
  11. ^ "Sunday" at IMDb
  12. ^ "The Youngest" at IMDb
  13. ^ "Cort" at IMDb
  14. ^ "Dan Spiegle". Archived from the original on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Lawman DVD news: Release Date for Lawman - The Complete 1st Season -". Archived from the original on 7 August 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Lawman DVD news: Announcement for Lawman - The Complete 2nd Season -". Archived from the original on 7 August 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Lawman DVD news: Announcement for Lawman - The Complete 3rd Season -". Archived from the original on 7 August 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  18. ^ "2013 Monthly Schedule, All times EST". Archived from the original on May 7, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013.


Lackmabb, Ron (2003). The Encyclopedia of 20th-Century American Television. Checkmark Books. p. 195. ISBN 0-8160-4555-0.

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