Thanks for the heads up; I'll be looking for this movie if just to see John Smith as the "bad guy"
Robert Fuller told Bob Terry that Smith wanted to play "Jess Harper" on Laramie and had been cast as him when Fuller was offered the "Slim Sherman" role. He knew he was not right for it and campaigned to play Jess. Smith wanted the part to show he was more than a vanilla guy and fought hard but Universal realized Fuller was right and made the change, After a tense few months the two men became close friends; Fuller delivered the eulogy at Smith's funeral. The only time I've seen Smith as a villain was on the Darren McGavin version of Mike Hammer so this will be interesting.
Hey wouldbestar, thanks for the reply. Then you might also be interested in Tomahawk Trail (1957). Another nifty little cavalry western starring Chuck Connors and co-stars John Smith.