Laredo, with its blend of western comedy and high drama, is one of the best television westerns to be found. Laredo premiered in prime time as an episode of The Virginian and was such a big hit, with its wonderful cast, gorgeous color photography, western ambiance and tight, serio-comic scripts, that it was immediately signed for a full season.
Season 1 Ep. 1: Lazyfoot, Where Are You?
Parmalee sends Reese, Chad and Joe undercover, disguised as prospectors, to find Lazyfoot and his gang. In Aggie’s Saloon they meet Grubby Sully who says he needs partners to get to his goldmine because it’s in territory controlled by Lazyfoot. Chad and Joe lead the local sheriff to believe Reese is a wanted sheep rustler, giving them time to ride off with Grubby while Reese is locked up. The three are captured by Lazyfoot and Reese tracks them down. He frees only Grubby who he hopes will lead him to the gold mine. Reese returns to free Chad and Joe and foil Lazyfoot’s plan to ambush Captain Parmalee and his reinforcements with a gattling gun. He then heads back to the mine. Chad and Joe get credit for the rescue and Parmalee thinks Reese was out looking for gold the entire time. Grubby eludes them and waves goodbye from the distance on the way to his real mine.
Laredo combined action with humor to tell the tales of three Company B Texas Rangers. Reese Bennett is older then his two partners, Chad Cooper and Joe Riley. Reese is in his forties and was previously a Union Army Officer. Chad was in the Border Patrol during the Civil War but is originally from New Orleans. He joined the Rangers to search for the gunrunners who helped ambush fellow border patrolmen. Joe was a gunfighter who was at times on the wrong side of the law and joined the rangers as protection from a sheriff or two. Chad and Joe love to tease Reese about his age. They had a Gunga Din like camaraderie.
They are lead by Captain Parmalee who was stern and disciplined. He would send them on their missions and many times was not amused by the shenanigans they got into. Erik Hunter joined them in the second season. Veteran actor Claude Akins played Ranger Cotton Buckmeister in 5 different episodes but never officially became part of the cast. The pilot, “We’ve Lost A Train”, appeared as an episode of The Virginian in April of 1965.
Reese’s horse Cactus was mentioned in several episodes. Chad’s horse was Amigo, which was Peter Brown’s own horse in real life.
Cast and Crew:
Neville Brand, Peter Brown and William Smith
Director: William Witney and others
Production Company: Universal TV
Original Air Date: 1965
Audio & Video: Mono – Color
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