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. 4: Rendezvous at Arillo
Reese, Chad and Joe chase Durkee, a wanted man, into Captain Parmalee’s office only to find out he is seeking amnesty in return for information about the Jamison Gang. The three of them are assigned to work with him and sent to Arillo. Meanwhile, Sam Burns is trying to force Annamay, a widow with two children, off her ranch so he and Jamison can get the silver bars the Gang buried in her barn’s floor. The Rangers help Annamay and the children repair her wagon wheel and she takes a liking to Reese, who the children are soon calling “Uncle Reese”. Annamay learns of the silver and switches it to a new hiding place. Jamison and Gang threaten Annamay and the children as the Rangers hurry to rescue them and recover the silver.
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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