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. 11: Jinx
Reese’s friend Cletus Grogan comes to town and Reese gets him to join the Rangers to convince him he isn’t a jinx. Cletus is sent along with Reese, Chad and Joe to track down Linda Little Trees and her gang. Cletus ends up dislocating Chad’s shoulder. The first town they arrive in has just had it’s bank robbed by the Little Trees Gang. Chad sees a doctor for his shoulder while Joe immediately follows the outlaws trail before a rainstorm can wipe out the tracks. After the rain stops Joe takes off his wet shirt and is spotted by Linda Little Trees who is smitten with him. He is jumped by her gang and fights them off until Linda hits him on the head with a rock. Linda proposes to a tied-up Joe while Blue Dog, who wants Little Trees, threatens to kill him. Reese, Chad and Joe find the hideout and capture everyone but Linda Little Trees. Reese tricks Cletus into fighting by pretending to be wounded. Cletus overcomes is jinx fear, resigns from the Rangers and heads home to marry his girlfriend. Unknowingly, Reese inherits the jinx.
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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