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"The Retired Gun"

Episode 17

Writer:  Barney Slater

Director:  Arnold Laven

Original Air Date:  1/20/1959

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

 

A famous gunfighter decides to retire from gunfighting when he marries.  His wife persuades him to move to North Fork, open a store, and settle down.  Lucas, who is an old friend of the wife, befriends the couple and is involved in trouble when three outlaws arrive in town, lured by the gunman's reputation and the opportunity to best him in a gunfight.  When he refuses to respond to their challenge, they wreck his store.  Unable to continue turning the other cheek, he puts on his gun belt, despite his wife's pleas.  The gunman finds that Lucas and the Marshal are willing to stand with him against the outlaws.

Guest Cast

John Anderson as Owny

John Anderson was an American actor who had a prolific career in both film and television spanning four decades.  He appeared in over 500 roles in film and television, frequently appearing in recurring roles, including in "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964).  Anderson is perhaps best remembered for his television role as Harry Jackson, MacGyver's grandfather, in the popular Richard Dean Anderson series.  Anderson portrayed President Abraham Lincoln twice, in "The Lincoln Conspiracy" (1977) and in the series "The Voyagers!" (1980), and he portrayed President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1979 mini-series "Backstairs at the White House."  Among his many film roles, he appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic horror film, "Psycho," Sam Peckinpah's 1962 iconic western, "Ride the High Country," John Sturges's 1965 western spoof, "The Hallelujah Trail," and John Sayles' 1988 chronicles of baseball's 1919 World Series scandal, "Eight Men Out."  Anderson also co-starred with Chuck Connors in the 1962 film, "Geronimo."

Anderson made eleven guest appearances in all five seasons of THE RIFLEMAN, playing a different character in each episode.  He portrayed Owny in "The Retired Gun" (episode 17), Chet Packard in "Shivaree" (episode 19), Eli Flack in "The Hawk" (episode 29), Sully Hobbs in "The Patsy" (episode 41) , Cass Callicott in "Day of the Hunter" (episode 55), Jess in "Mail Order Groom" (episode 56), John Beaumont in "Shotgun Man" (episode 69), Hank Clay in "Face of Yesterday" (episode 95), Will Temple in "The Journey Back" (episode 115), John Gangling in "Incident At Line Shack Six" (episode 156), and Sam Gibbs in "Old Man Running" (episode 166).

Eileen Harley (Wallace Earl Sparks Laven) as Claire Wheatley Carney

Born Amanda Foulger, Wallace Earl Sparks was an American film and television actress.  She appeared in nearly 40 movies and television shows in a career spanning almost four decades.  Her filmography lists credits under various stage names, including Eileen Harley and Amanda Ames.  According to Laven's daughter Barbara, she took the stage name Eileen from a childhood friend and put it together with Harley, which was a family name.  She borrowed the stage name Amanda from another friend who was a professional dancer and with whom she appeared in several musicals.  According to her daughter, Laven thought Amanda sounded well with Ames.  She was married to Arnold Laven, late co-founder of Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions and creator, producer and director of THE RIFLEMAN.  They sometimes worked together.  Harley guest-starred in many popular television shows, especially crime dramas, including "Arrest and Trial" (1963–1964), which starred Chuck Connors, Ben Gazarra and Roger Perry; "Ironside" (1967–1975), starring Raymond Burr; "Police Woman" (1974–1978), starring Angie Dickenson and Earl Holliman; "The Rockford Files" (1974–1980), starring James Garner; and "Hardcastle and McCormick" (1983–1986), starring Brian Keith; as well as the family comedy "The Donna Reed Show" (1958–1966) and the medical dramas "Dr. Kildare" (1961–1966), starring Richard Chamberlain, and "Marcus Welby, M.D." (1969–1976), starring Robert Young and James Brolin.

Wallace Earl appeared in several films, playing an uncredited part in the dramatic comedy "Blue Astaire" (1946), starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby; Sally in the sci-fi film "The Monster That Challenged the World" (1957), directed by Arnold Laven; an uncredited role in the biographical action film "Geronimo" (1962), starring Chuck Connors and directed by Arnold Laven; and Ellie in the musical comedy "Clambake" (1967), starring Elvis Presley.

Wallace Earl made five appearances (under several different stage names) in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Clair Wheatley Carney in "The Retired Gun" (episode 17), Myrtle in "The Hangman" (episode 76) and "The Silent Knife" (episode 89), Mrs. Lovering in "Short Rope for a Tall Man" (episode 103), and Ruth in "The Executioner" (episode 142).  She also guest-starred in several other westerns of the 1960s and 70s, including "The Big Valley" (1965–1969), starring Barbara Stanwyck, and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness.  Wallace Earl Laven passed away February 27, 2012 after a long illness.

Jack Kruschen as Clyde Bailey

Jack Kruschen was a Canadian actor whose career began on stage, but he became a character actor in both movies and television.  In his 50-year career, with more than 200 screen credits, he played virtually every kind of role.  Often cast in comedic ethnic roles, Kruschen occasionally landed a role as a villain, but more often was cast as the volatile, emotional Italian or Jewish neighbor patriarch.  He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in "The Apartment" (1960).  Kruschen appeared in four episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying the Clyde Bailey in "The Retired Gun" (episode 17), Sammy in "One Went to Denver" (episode 25).  He was one of six actors to play Doc Burrage, appearing in "Trail of Hate" (episode 77) and "Baranca" (episode 82).

Joe Mell as Sam Moody

Joe Mell, born Joseph Mellovitz, was an American film and television actor who appeared in nearly 180 movies and television shows during a career spanning more than 30 years.  He had a few roles in memorable films, including Dan in the romance "Magnificent Obsession" (1954), starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson; Dr. Hugo Wagner in the B-movie horror cult classic "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" (1957), starring Michael Landon and Whit Bissell; and an uncredited role as a newspaper vendor in the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (1967), starring Julie Andrews.

Mell guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1950s through the 60s, including the detective drama "Richard Diamond: Private Detective" (1957–1960), the crime dramas "Dragnet" (1951–1959), "Arrest and Trial" (1963–1964) and "Adam-12" (1968–1975), Rod Serling's iconic anthology series "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), the road series "Route 66" (1960–1964), the private detective series "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), the campy comedy-horror sitcom "The Munsters" (1964–1966), the legal drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), the police drama "Mod Squad" (1968–1973), the Buck Henry spy spoof "Get Smart" (1965–1970), the spinoff series "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (1964–1969), the family comedy "The Brady Bunch" (1969–1974) and the science fiction cult classic "Star Trek" (1966–1969).

Mell had a recurring role as Bill Pence in the western "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975).  He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Sam Moody in "The Retired Gun" (episode 17).  He guest-starred in several other westerns, including "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen, "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond, "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury, and "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975), hosted by Robert Taylor.

Herman Rudin as Morgan

Herman Rudin was an American actor who worked primarily in television.  He appeared in nearly 50 television shows during a career of more than 20 years.  Among his few movie roles, he had a minor uncredited part in the western "From Noon Till Three" (1976), starring Charles Bronson.  He guest-starred in many popular television shows, including the legal drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), the mystery action series "Peter Gunn" (1958–1961), the private detective series "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), the road series "Route 66" (1960–1964), the crime drama "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), the anthology series "The Outer Limits" (1963–1965) and the espionage thriller "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964–1968).  He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Morgan Bailey in "The Retired Gun" (episode 17).  He also guest-starred in the westerns "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen, and "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975), hosted by Robert Taylor.

Duke Snider as Wallace

Duke Snider was born in Los Angeles, California.  Nicknamed "The Silver Fox" and "The Duke of Flatbush," he is a former Major League baseball center fielder and left-handed batter who played with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.  Snider was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.

Snider has occasionally taken acting roles since the mid-1950's, often appearing as himself or as a professional baseball player.   He played himself in "Hero Father" (1956) in the Robert Young television series "Father Knows Best" and as recently as 2007, he was featured in "Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush."  Snider made one guest appearance on THE RIFLEMAN, playing Wallace in "The Retired Gun (episode 17).  Other credits include an uncredited part as a Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder in "The Geisha Boy" (1958), Phil Wallace in an episode of "The Retired Gun" (1959), the Cranker in "The Trouble with Girls" (1969) and a Steamer Fan in "Pastime" (1990).

Robert Webber as Wes Carny

Robert Webber was a prolific American stage, film and television actor.  He appeared in nearly 140 movies and television shows during a career spanning 40 years.  Prior to becoming an actor, he served as a Marine during World War II.  After the war, he began working as a stage actor and appeared in several plays on Broadway; however, he would become a film and television actor primarily.  Webber had several memorable film roles, including Ward Hendricks in the drama "The Sandpiper" (1965), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Eva Marie Saint; General Denton in the action war drama "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), starring Lee Marvin; Hugh in the romantic comedy "10" (1979), starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews and Bo Derek; and Col. Clay Thornbush in the war comedy "Private Benjamin" (1980), starring Goldie Hawn.   He is best-remembered, however, for his portrayal of Juror number 12 in the drama "12 Angry Men" (1957), starring Henry Fonda.

Webber guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1960s through the 80s, including the crime dramas "Checkmate" (1960–1962), "Arrest and Trial" (1963–1964), "Mannix" (1967–1975), "Kojak" (1973–1978) and "The Rockford Files" (1974–1980), the horror series "Thriller" (1960–1962), the suspense series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955–1962), the adventure series "Route 66" (1960–1964) and "The Fugitive" (1963–1967), the fantasy anthology series "The Outer Limits" (1963–1965), the espionage thriller "Mission: Impossible" (1966–1973), the legal drama "Ironside" (1967–1975), the detective series "Cannon" (1971–1976) and the medical crime series "Quincy M.E." (1976–1983).  He also had a recurring role as Alexander Hayes in the Bruce Willis-Cybill Shepherd comedy "Moonlighting" (1985–1989).  Webber made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Wes Carney in "The Retired Gun" (episode 17).  He also guest-starred in the western "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury.

 

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