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. 5: Three’s Company
Emily, an old girlfriend of Chad’s, appears in Laredo with her father, a railroad tycoon. He offers Chad a $400 a month job, whether the romance between he and Emily works out or not. Reese and Joe try different schemes to bust up the romance but they backfire and Chad proposes to Emily and resigns from the Rangers. Reese and Joe are sent out to protect a wagon train from a possible Indian attack and they use it as one last ploy to keep Chad in Laredo. Reese rides back reporting that the train has been attacked but Chad doesn’t believe him. Reese heads back and finds out the wagon train really is under attack, sending a rider back to Laredo. While waiting for the stage with Emily and her father Chad sees Parmalee with other Rangers leaving town and finds out Joe and Reese are in danger. He tells Emily he has to go and will catch up with the stage. She delivers an ultimatum that he must leave right away if he wants her. Chad tells her off, catches up with Parmalee, who reinstates him as a ranger, and they drive off the Indian attack.
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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