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Lawman
Format Western
Starring John Russell
Peter Brown
Peggie Castle
Bek Nelson
Dan Sheridan
Barbara Lang
Roscoe Ates
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 156
Production
Executive producer(s) William T. Orr
Running time 30 min.
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run October 5, 1958 – June 24, 1962

Lawman is a western television series originally telecast from 1958 to 1962 starring John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop and Peter Brown as Deputy Johnny McKay on the ABC Television Network. Set in Laramie, Wyoming, the action often centered on the Birdcage Saloon, owned by Lily Merrill, portrayed by Peggie Castle. The half-hour show often was of high quality because of the camaraderie of the cast members, guest stars, and several experienced directors, including Stuart Heisler and writers, such as Clair Huffaker.

Produced by Jules Schermer at the Warner Bros. studio, the show was broadcast on the ABC network along with several other Warner Bros. westerns during the same period, including Maverick with James Garner, Jack Kelly, and Roger Moore, Cheyenne with Clint Walker, Sugarfoot with Will Hutchins, Bronco with Ty Hardin, and Colt .45 with Wayde Preston. Characters from Lawman were either mentioned in or appeared on several of these other Warner Bros. western series in crossovers; one example is the Maverick episode "Hadley's Hunters". Famed acting instructor Eric Morris was also a cast member.

Veteran western film star Roscoe Ates appeared once as "Old Timer" and seven times as Ike Jenkins in the episodes entitled "The Visitor", "The Gang", "The Ring", "The Friend", "The Exchange", "The Breakup", "The Stranger", and "Man on the Mountain".

Guest stars

  • Chris Alcaide appeared twice as Ben Moray in "The Shelter" (1959) and "Cold Fear" (1961).
  • Charles Bateman, later of Two Faces West, appeared as Tim Bucknell in the 1958 episode "The Badge"
  • Russ Conway guest starred in "The Threat" 1961).
  • Dean Fredericks, as Great Bear in "Chantay" (1960)
  • I. Stanford Jolley, six appearances, including Ed Sims in "The Doctor" (1962)
  • Tyler MacDuff appeared in the 1961 episode "Conditional Surrender".
  • Patrick McVey guest starred as Red Barrington in "Wanted" (1958).
  • Joyce Meadows appeared twice as Elfreida Detweiler in "Detweiler's Daughter" and "The Cold One" (both 1961)
  • Gregg Palmer appeared as Tracy McNeil in the 1960 episode "Old Stefano".
  • John M. Pickard guest starred as Jim Pierce in the 1959 episode "The Huntress".
  • Gilman Rankin appeared as Paul Dales in the 1962 episode "The Explosion".
  • Robert F. Simon appeared twice in episodes entitled "The Friend" (1958) and "Conditional Surrender" (1961).
  • Barbara Stuart appeared as Lola Bordeaux in the 1958 episode "The Oath".
  • Gary Vinson portrayed Bill Andrews in episodes "The Badge" (1958) and "Explosion" (1962).

In its last season, Lawman was the lead-in on ABC for Marilyn Maxwell's unsuccessful series Bus Stop, which failed to compete successfully with Bonanza on NBC.

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