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"The Sheridan Story"

Episode 16

Writer:  Cyril Hume

Director:  Arnold Laven

Original Air Date:  1/13/1959

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

 

After the end of the Civil War, General Phil Sheridan, who has been appointed Governor of the New Mexico Territory, is on an inspection tour of the country.  General Sheridan and his staff arrive at Lucas' ranch and decide to stay overnight.  Trouble occurs when the General is confronted by an ex-confederate soldier, his health broken and his spirit twisted by an idea of revenge on Sheridan.  The old soldier had been working as a hired hand on the McCain ranch, never guessing that coincidence would deliver Sheridan into his hands.  When he is confronted by a gun, Sheridan who could easily shoot his way out of the situation, chooses another way to settle differences.

Guest Cast

Alden "Stephen" Chase as Medical Col. Stroud

Alden Stephen Chase, born Guy Alden Chase, was an American television and film actor.  He appeared in more than 130 movies and television shows during his 34-year career, with many roles uncredited.  Among his films roles, he portrayed Dr. T. Hallen in the sci-fi cult classic, "The Blob" (1958), starring Steve McQueen.  Chase guest-starred in numerous popular programs of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, especially in the crime drama and western genres.  He guest-starred in "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" (1957–1960) and "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), as well as the western series, "The Cisco Kid" (1950–1956), "The Roy Rogers Show" (1951–1957), "The Lone Ranger" (1949–1957), "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962), "Death Valley Days" (1958–1961) and "Bonanza" (1959–1973).   He made one guest appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Colonel Stroud in "The Sheridan Story" (episode 16).

Royal Dano as Frank Blandon

Royal Dano was an American actor whose career in film and television spanned four decades.  Born in New York, he purportedly ran away from home at the age of 12 and ever restless, lived in various places ranging from the east to west coast, including Florida, Texas and California.  Eventually, he made an agreement with his father to continue his education on the condition he would still have the freedom to travel.  Eventually, Dano attended New York University.  His performing career began as part of the 44th Special Service Provisional Company during World War II.  He soon branched out to the New York stage and made his Broadway debut with a small role in the hit musical "Finian's Rainbow."  Dano was nominated by the New York Critic's Circle as one of the Promising Actors of 1949.

Tall and lean with gaunt features, a thatch of dark hair, a rangy build and a distinctive deep croaky voice, Dano usually was cast both in movies and television shows as gloomy or sinister characters. &nsp;He appeared most often in westerns and worked several times with James Stewart and director Anthony Mann.  He made his film debut in "Undercover Girl" (1950).  Among his best-remembered supporting roles in the western genre were film appearances as a sickly bookworm bad guy in "Johnny Guitar," (1954), a cattle rustler in "The Culpepper Cattle Company" (1972), and Ten Spot in "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976).  He also made numerous television appearances, including the western series, "Gunsmoke," "Bonanza," "Wagon Train," "The Virginian," and "Little House on the Prairie," among many others.  Dano also had memorable roles as Elijah in "Moby Dick" (1956) and President Abraham Lincoln, whom he portrayed several times in his career, including in the "Honest Abe" episode of THE RIFLEMAN.  Dano made five guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying different characters in each episode, including Frank Blandon in "The Sheridan Story" (episode 16), Jonas Epps in "A Matter of Faith" (episode 34), Aaron Wingate in "A Case of Identity" (episode 57), Abe in "Honest Abe" (episode 118), and Jamison in "Day of Reckoning" (episode 138).

Dano continued to work in film and television until his death at age 71, in 1994.  Some of his later work in television included guest spots in "Ben Casey," "Lost in Space," "Night Gallery," "Route 66," "Planet of the Apes," "Cannon," "Little House on the Prairie," "Kung Fu," "CHIPs," "Quincy M.E.," "Fantasy Island," "Twin Peaks," "Amazing Stories."  Among his more memorable later roles in films were his portrayals as a coroner in "Electra Glide in Blue" (1973), a profanity-spewing preacher in "Big Bad Mama" (1974), a minister in "The Right Stuff" (1983), a stuffy high school teacher in "Teachers" (1984), rascally zombified old-timer Gramps in "House II: The Second Story" (1987), a cantankerous farmer in "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" (1988), and in his last role, a cemetery caretaker in George Romero's "The Dark Half" (1993).

Lawrence Dobkin as General Phil Sheridan

Lawrence Dobkin was an American television director, actor and television screenwriter whose career spanned seven decades.  Dobkin was a prolific performer during the Golden Age of Radio. His voice was use to narrate the classic western "Broken Arrow" and "The Robe."  Dobkin made four guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying different characters in each episode.  He played Juan Argentez in "The Gaucho" (episode 14), General Phil Sheridan in The Sheridan Story" (episode 16), Don Chimera del Laredo in "The Knight Errant" (episode 117), and Ben Judson in "The Day a Town Slept" (episode 139).  Dobkin worked behind the camera on THE RIFLEMAN, with writing credits for "The Actress" (episode 94) and "The Executioner" (episode 142).  He also directed several episodes, including "Tinhorn" (episode 134), "The Jealous Man" (episode 136), "Day of Reckoning" (episode 138), and "The Executioner" (episode 142).  Dobkin later directed several episodes of the Chuck Connors television series "Branded" (1965-1966).  Dobkin's film performances include "Never Fear," "Sweet Smell of Success," and "North by Northwest,"  He announced the landmark television series "Naked City," closing each episode with the statement, "There are eight million stories in the naked city, and this has been one of them."

Fritz Ford as uncredited stunt double for Chuck Connors

Fritz Ford, born Fred Apking, was an American stuntman and actor.  Between his stunt work and acting credits, Ford appeared in nearly 70 movies and television shows during a career spanning 30 years.  He provided stunt work for several films, including the war drama "The Desert Rats" (1953), starring Richard Burton, James Mason and Robert Newton; the sci-fi adventure film "Planet of the Apes" (1962), starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Maurice Evans; and the sci-fi drama "Soylent Green" (1973), starring Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe and Leigh Taylor-Young.  He also appeared in several films as an actor, including minor parts in the noir film "The Big Heat" (1953), starring Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame; and the sci-fi thriller "Seconds" (1966), starring Rock Hudson; as well as the role of Murray in the horror film "Damien: Omen II" (1975), starring William Holden and Lee Grant.

Ford guest-starred in a variety of popular television shows of the 1960s, including the crime drama "Arrest and Trial" (1963–1964), the espionage thriller "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964–1968), the superhero parody "Batman" (1966–1968), the espionage series "I Spy" (1965–1968) and the sci-fi series "V" (1984–1985).

Ford made six appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Mr. Jones [stunt double for Chuck Connors; uncredited] in "The Safeguard" (episode 8), Deputy Carl [uncredited] in "The Second Witness" (episode 23), Townsman in "The Angry Man" (episode 31), and Second Cowboy in "Ordeal" (episode 48).  He made uncredited appearances in "The Apprentice Sheriff" (episode 11) and "The Sheridan Story" (episode 16).

Fritz Ford as Lt. McClaran

Fritz Ford, born Fred Apking, was an American stuntman and actor.  Between his stunt work and acting credits, Ford appeared in nearly 70 movies and television shows during a career spanning 30 years.  He provided stunt work for several films, including the war drama "The Desert Rats" (1953), starring Richard Burton, James Mason and Robert Newton; the sci-fi adventure film "Planet of the Apes" (1962), starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Maurice Evans; and the sci-fi drama "Soylent Green" (1973), starring Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe and Leigh Taylor-Young.  He also appeared in several films as an actor, including minor parts in the noir film "The Big Heat" (1953), starring Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame; and the sci-fi thriller "Seconds" (1966), starring Rock Hudson; as well as the role of Murray in the horror film "Damien: Omen II" (1975), starring William Holden and Lee Grant.

Ford guest-starred in a variety of popular television shows of the 1960s, including the crime drama "Arrest and Trial" (1963–1964), the espionage thriller "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964–1968), the superhero parody "Batman" (1966–1968), the espionage series "I Spy" (1965–1968) and the sci-fi series "V" (1984–1985).

Ford made six appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Mr. Jones [stunt double for Chuck Connors; uncredited] in "The Safeguard" (episode 8), Deputy Carl [uncredited] in "The Second Witness" (episode 23), Townsman in "The Angry Man" (episode 31), and Second Cowboy in "Ordeal" (episode 48).  He made uncredited appearances in "The Apprentice Sheriff" (episode 11) and "The Sheridan Story" (episode 16).

William "Bill" Meigs as Colonel Cushman

William "Bill" Meigs was an American television and film actor.  He appeared in 19 movies and television shows during a 30-year career.  Among a handful of film roles, he had uncredited parts in the classic western "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (1957), starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, and the sci-fi horror "The Navy Vs. the Night Monsters" (1966), starring Mamie Van Doren.  He played Capt. Rand Treadway in "The Glory Guys" (1965), a feature produced by Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions, directed by Arnold Laven and Sam Peckinpah (uncredited), and starring Harve Presnell and a young James Caan.  He guest-starred in a few popular television shows, including the crime drama "Barnaby Jones" (1973–1980).  Meigs made three appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Colonel Cushman in "The Sheridan Story" (episode 16), Deputy Phil Rogers in "The Second Witness" (episode 23) and Sam Benson in "The Anvil Chorus" (episode 154).  He also guest-starred in the westerns "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), starring Clint Walker, and "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone.

Frank Wilcox as Colonel Cass

Frank Wilcox was an American character actor.  He performed in more than 300 movies and television shows in a career spanning nearly 40 years.  Many of his numerous roles were uncredited; however, Wilcox was a familiar face in many popular TV shows of his era.  He had a recurring role as Luis Rico in the Walt Disney television series "Zorro" (1957–1959) and in the crime drama "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), portraying Beecher Asbury.  He played the role of judges in several episodes of "Perry Mason" (1957–1966).  Wilcox is best-remembered for his role as the oil executive, John Brewster, in "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962–1971).  Wilcox made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Colonel Cass in "The Sheridan Story" (episode 16).  He also guest-starred in "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961).

 

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