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"The Deadeye Kid"

Episode 20

Writer:  Palmer Thompson

Director:  Jerry Hopper

Original Air Date:  2/10/1959

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

Johnny Crawford and Chuck Connors

 

A smart-alec young boy from Brooklyn comes west to seek his fortune.  He makes the acquaintance of Mark McCain and is invited to visit the McCain ranch.  Proceeding on his trip a few days later, he witnesses a cold-blooded killing, panics, and returns to the McCains for help.  Mark is home alone, and sympathizing with the boy, offers to help him hide.  In the meantime, Lucas has joined a posse looking for the boy, who has been accused of the killing.  As they track the young boy, it becomes clear to Lucas that the young Easterner couldn't possibly manage in the rough country alone, and Mark must be helping him hide from the law.  Lucas finally catches up with Mark, but the boy refuses to reveal the hiding place of his friend until Lucas persuades him that the situation can only be settled, if the boy is willing to face up to the charges and clear himself.

Guest Cast

Jason Johnson as Bert Sanderson

Jason Johnson was an American film and television actor.  He appeared in more than 90 movies and television shows during a career spanning almost 30 years.  He had several film roles, including Dr. Benedict in the Michael Crichton medical thriller "The Andromeda Strain" (1971), starring Arthur Hill, James Olson and Kate Reid; as well as minor parts in the biographical drama "I Want to Live!" (1958), starring Susan Hayward; and the drama "Valley of the Dolls" (1967), starring Barbara Perkins, Patty Duke and Sharon Tate.  He also guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1950s through the 70s, including the anthology series "Playhouse 90" (1956–1960), the superhero series "Adventures of Superman" (1952–1958), Rod Serling's iconic anthology series "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), the crime drama "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), the family comedy "My Three Sons" (1960–1972), the family dramas "Lassie" (1954–1975) and "The Waltons" (1971–1981), the medical drama "Dr. Kildare" (1961–1966), the legal drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), the adventure drama "The Fugitive" (1963–1967), the family comedy "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960–1968) and the espionage thriller "Mission Impossible" (1966–1973).

Johnson made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Cramer in "The Dead-Eye Kid" (episode 20) and Bert Sanderson in "Money Gun" (episode 33).  He guest-starred in several other westerns, including "Laramie" (1959–1963), starring John Smith and Robert Fuller; "Zane Grey Theater" (1956–1961), starring Dick Powell; "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone; "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962), starring Dale Robertson; "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen; "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts; Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness; and "The Big Valley" (1965–1969), starring Barbara Stanwyck.

Kip King as Don Mahoney

Kip King, born Jerome C. Kattan, was an American film, television and voice actor, as well as a comedian.  He appeared in 85 movies and television shows during his 55-year career.  His son Chris Kattan is also a comedian, best known for his stint on "Saturday Night Live" from 1995 to 2003.  Both Kattans were members of The Groundlings comedy troupe—the elder Kattan was one of the founders.  His career began during the waning days of the studio system, which gave him the opportunity to work with Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Lana Turner, and comedy legends Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Red Skelton and Stan Laurel, who gave him advice.  King guest-starred in many TV popular shows, beginning in the Golden Age of television in the 1950s and into the 2000s.  His credits include appearances in the medical drama "Ben Casey" (1961–1966), the superhero series "Batman" (1966–1968), the comedy series "One Day at a Time" (1975–1984), the action series "The Fall Guy" (1981–1986), and the crime comedy "Reno 911!" (2003–2009), as well as the crime dramas "Dragnet" (1951–1959), "M Squad" (1957–1960) and "Mannix" (1967–1975).  He also had a recurring role as Ronald Sandler in the comedy series "Charlie & Co." (1985–1986).  King made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Don Mahoney in "The Dead-Eye Kid" (episode 20).

Douglas Spencer as Jackson

Douglas Spencer, born William Henry Mesenkep, was an American actor who worked primarily in film.  He appeared in nearly 90 movies and television shows during his two-decade career.  He had roles in many memorable films, including Bert Finch in the thriller "The Big Clock" (1948), starring Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan and Charles Laughton; Ned "Scotty" Scott in the sci-fi horror "The Thing from Another World" (1951), starring James Arness; and Axel "Swede" Shipstead in the western "Shane" (1953), starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur and Van Heflin; as well as minor parts in the noir film "Double Indemnity" (1944), starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson and Byron Barr; the Billy Wilder drama "The Lost Weekend" (1945), starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman; the romantic comedy "Father of the Bride" (1950), starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett and Elizabeth Taylor; and the romantic drama "A Place in the Sun" (1951), starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters.

He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Jackson in "The Dead-Eyed Kid" (episode 20). Spencer guest-starred in Rod Serling's iconic anthology series "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964) and several TV westerns, including "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), starring Clint Walker; and "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts.

Glenn Strange as Stagecoach Driver

Glenn Strange was an American actor most well known for playing roles in the Western and Horror genres.  Growing up in New Mexico, he had been a rancher, cowboy and rodeo performer—a background that lent authenticity to the Western characters he played.  In the 1920's he learned to play the fiddle and guitar, and toured the country with a radio singing group, the Arizona Wranglers.  He came to Hollywood in 1930 with the ensemble and began landing small parts in "B" Westerns.  At 6' 5" tall, he had a large, rugged frame and heavy features—attributes that tended to typecast him as villainous and nefarious characters.  Later, a different Western characterization would supplant the archetypal villains he portrayed earlier in his career—Sam Noonan, the bartender on CBS's "Gunsmoke" (1961–1973) television series would become his most enduring TV personae.  He appeared in 215 episodes of "Gunsmoke."

Boris Karloff, the quintessential Horror genre star, portrayed Frankenstein's monster in three films, but in 1944 passed the baton to Strange, who played the monster role in three Universal films, "House of Frankenstein" (1944), "House of Dracula" (1945) and the camp horror-comedy film, "Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948).  Ironically, in "House of Frankenstein" Karloff was cast as the villainous Dr. Niemann opposite Strange as the monster, formerly Karloff's signature character.

Beginning in the late 1940's, Strange segued into television and for the rest of his career appeared in numerous shows, again, frequently appearing in Westerns.   He guest-starred in six episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, playing variations of the same character in each outing.  He was Cole, the stagecoach driver, in "Duel of Honor" (episode 7) and a shotgun guard on the stagecoach in "The Dead-eye Kid" (episode 20), then Joey, the stagecoach driver, in "The Woman" (episode 32), followed by appearances as an unnamed stagecoach driver in "The Blowout" (episode 43), "The Spiked Rifle" (episode 49) and "Miss Bertie" (episode 90).  Among the many television shows in which he appeared, Strange guest-starred in "Annie Oakley" (1954–1956), "Death Valley Days" (1954 1958), "The Adventures of Champion" (1955–1956), "The Cisco Kid" (1955–1956) and "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955 1960).  He passed away in 1973, ending his career playing Sam Noonan, the bartender on "Gunsmoke," whom he played for 12 years.

 

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