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"The Boarding House"

Episode 22

Writer:  Sam Peckinpah

Director:  Sam Peckinpah

Original Air Date:  2/24/1959

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

 

Julia, a new arrival in North Fork, opens a boarding house and ingratiates herself with the townspeople, except Lucas, who remembers her as a dishonest card dealer in a gambling house several years earlier.  He reluctantly agrees to "wait and see" whether or not she has really turned over a new leaf.  In the interim, Julie's former boss, a vicious outlaw who specializes in knifing his victims, arrives in North Fork.  He tries to bully Julia into letting him turn her boarding house into a saloon and gambling house.  When Julia refuses, Lucas knows she has really reformed and faces the man's knife himself to protect her.

Guest Cast

Alan Baxter as Sid Fallon

Alan Baxter was an American television and film actor.  He appeared in more than 120 television shows and movies in a career spanning 35 years.  He was a guest star in several episodes of popular series from the 1960s, including "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), "The Untouchables" (1959–1963) and "Perry Mason" (1957–1966).  Baxter made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Sid Fallon in "The Boarding House" (episode 22).  In addition to THE RIFLEMAN, he guest-starred in "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961) and "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963).

Russell Collins as Charlie Willard

Russell Collins was an American film and television actor who appeared in nearly 90 movies and television shows in a career spanning more than 30 years.  He was a versatile actor who appeared in popular shows from each decade during which he was active.  He guest-starred in various early television shows, including the mystery series "Suspense" (1949–1954) and the comedy series "The Real McCoys" (1957–1963).  Collins made guest appearances in several crime dramas, including "Peter Gunn" (1958–1961), "The Untouchables" (1959–1963) and "The Fugitive" (1963–1967), as well as the popular TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955–1962), in which he made several guest appearances and also the sci-fi thrillers "Twilight Zone" (1959–1964) and "The Outer Limits" (1963–1965).

In addition to television, Collins made several film appearances.  He played the role of Mr. Qua in the Marilyn Monroe noir film "Niagara" (1953); he potrayed Mr. Hastings in "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1955), starring Spencer Tracy; and he played the part of Knapp in the Sidney Lumet film "Fail-Safe" (1964), starring Henry Fonda.

Collins guest-starred in two episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Willard Denton in "Eight Hours to Die" (episode 6) and Charlie Willard in "The Apprentice Sheriff" (episode 11).  Collins made guest appearances in several other iconic westerns, including "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), "Bonanza" (1959–1973) and "Wagon Train" (1957–1965).

Kay Cousins as Flo

Kay Cousins Johnson, born Kay Levy, was an American actress who worked primarily in television.  Over a little more than a decade, Cousins guest-starred in 11 movies and television shows.  She made appearances in a few popular shows, including the comedy "Private Secretary" (1953–1957), starring Ann Sothern; the crime drama "M Squad" (1957–1960), starring Lee Marvin; Rod Serling's iconic sci-fi thriller series, "Twilight Zone" (1959–1964); and the spy genre meets western "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1969), starring Robert Conrad and Ross Martin.  Cousins may be best-known for her marriage to the actor Russell Johnson, who played the professor in Gilligan's Island.  Cousins made one guest appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Flo in "The Boarding House" (episode 22).

Charles Fredricks as Steve

Charles Fredericks was an American film, stage and television actor.  He appeared in more than 70 movies and television shows during a 15-year career.  He guest-starred in the classic family comedy based on a comic strip of the same name, "Dennis the Menace" (1959–1963), starring Jay North, the crime dramas "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), starring Robert Stack, and "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and also the comic superhero adventure "Batman" (1966–1968), starring Adam West.  Despite his high visibility in a wide variety of television genres, Fredericks is best-remembered for his career in B-Western movies and TV shows.  He was also a talented tenor, which earned him the roles of Gaylord Ravenal in the revival of the Broadway play "Show Boat" (1946) and Captain Nicholas Gregorovitch in "Music in My Heart" (1947).  He portrayed the singing King in "My Fair Lady" (1964).

Fredericks made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Steve in "The Boarding House" (episode 22).  In addition to THE RIFLEMAN, Fredericks guest-starred in a number of other high-profile westerns, including "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone, "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961), starring Hugh O'Brian, "The Deputy" (1959–1961), starring Henry Fonda, "Bat Masterson" (1958–1961), starring Gene Barry, "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood, "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring James Garner, "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts and Michael Landon, "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), starring Clint Walker, "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring James Garner, "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury and Doug McClure, and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness.  Fredericks also guest-starred in Chuck Connors series "Branded" (1965–1966), which followed THE RIFLEMAN.

Katy Jurado as Julia/Big Anna

Katy Jurado was born Maria Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado Garcia, in Guadalajara, Jalisco.  She was the first Mexican actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.  She began acting in Mexican films after divorcing her husband in 1943, appearing in "No Mataras" opposite the well-known Mexican actor Pedro Infante.  Jurado's performance brought her fame.  Discovered by John Wayne, she was introduced to American audiences with "The Bullfighter and the Lady" (1951) and went on to appear in many Hollywood movies.  In 1952, she starred in "High Noon," for which she earned a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.  During the 1950's and 1960's, Jurado appeared in several Hollywood productions, including "Arrowhead" (1953), "Broken Lance" (1954), for which she received an Academy Award nomination.  Jurado also appeared in "The Racers" (1955), "Trial" (1955), "Trapeze" (1956), "The Badlanders" (1958), "One-Eyed Jacks" (1961), "Barabbas" (1961), "Stay Away, Joe" (1968), "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973), "The Children of Sanchez" (1978) and "Under the Volcano" (1984).  Her last film performance was in the Mexican film, "Un Secreto de Esperanza" (2002).  Jurado appeared in one episode of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Julia/Big Anna in "The Boarding House" (episode 22), which was directed by Sam Peckinpah.

Peggy Maley as Liz

Peggy Malley is an American film and television actress.  She has appeared in more than 70 movies and television shows during a 20-year career.  She was crowned Miss Atlantic City in 1942.  She is best-known for delivering the famous line "Hey, Johnny, what are you rebelling against?" to Marlon Brando in the outlaw biker film "The Wild One" (1953).  Her more memorable film roles include Jean in the noir film "Human Desire" (1954), starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Broderick Crawford; and the blonde stripper Francine in the science fiction film "Indestructible Man" (1956), starring Lon Chaney Jr., Max Showalter and Marian Carr.

Malley guest-starred in several popular television shows of the 1950s and 60s, including the crime dramas "Dragnet" (1951–1959), "Richard Diamond: Private Detective" (1957–1960) and "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), the CBS anthology series "Playhouse 90" (1956–1960), the legal drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966) and the private eye series "Peter Gunn" (1958–1961).  Malley made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Liz in "The Boarding House" (episode 22).  She also guest-starred in the western "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen.

Bill Quinn as Sweeney, the Bartender

Bill Quinn was an American actor whose early career began in the 1920's in silent films and ended with the 1989 science fiction film, "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier."  Perhaps, his best-known role was Mr. Ranseleer, Archie Bunker's blind friend in "All In The Family" (1971-1978).  He also was a regular character in the Carroll O'Connor spin-off, "Archie Bunker's Place."  Quinn's other television credits include roles in "The Odd Couple" (1970-1975), "McHale's Navy" (1962-1966), and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-1977), in which he play Mary Richard's father.  In 1971, he appeared in Universal Pictures' "How to Frame a Figg" starring Don Knotts.  Quinn was a regular character in THE RIFLEMAN, appearing in 40 episodes as Sweeney, the Owner/Bartender of the North Fork Saloon.

Charles Seel as Barney

Charles Seel, born Charles Frederick Seel, was an American film and television actor.  He appeared in 130 movies and television shows during a career spanning nearly 40 years.  He had several film roles, most of them minor, including uncredited roles in the family comedy "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (1960), starring Doris Day and David Niven; the romantic comedy "Donovan's Reef" (1963), starring John Wayne; and the action drama "Winning" (1969), starring Paul Newman; as well as the part of a bellhop in the Michael Crichton sci-fi thriller "Westworld" (1973), starring Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin.

Seel guest-starred in a wide variety of popular television shows of the 1950s through the 70s, including the crime dramas "Dragnet" (1951–1959), "M Squad" (1957–1960), "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), "Mannix" (1967–1975) and "Adam-12" (1968–1975), the suspense series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955–1962), the drama anthology series "The Loretta Young Show" (1953–1961), the family comedy "My Three Sons" (1960–1972), Rod Serling's iconic anthology series, "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), the family drama "Lassie" (1954–1974), the espionage adventure series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964–1968), the classic sci-fi series "Star Trek" (1966–1969), the legal drama "Ironside" (1967–1975), and the medical drama "Marcus Welby, M.D." (1969–1976).  He also had a few recurring roles, including the bartender in the western "Tombstone Territory" (1957), Mr. Krinkie in the family comedy "Dennis the Menace" (1959–1963), and Tom Pride in the western "The Road West" (1966–1967).

Seel made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Barney the storekeeper in "The Boarding House" (episode 22), a role that he reprised in "The Mind Reader" (episode 40).  He guest-starred in many other westerns, including "Hopalong Cassidy" (1952–1954), "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), "Bat Masterson" (1958–1961), "The Deputy" (1959–1961), "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962), "Laramie" (1959–1963), "The Guns of Will Sonnett" (1967–1969), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), "The Virginian" (1962–1971), and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975).

Sarah Selby as Agnes Hamilton

Sarah Selby was an American actress who worked primarily in television.  She appeared in 120 movies and television shows in a career spanning nearly 40 years.  She appeared in several uncredited film roles, including Mrs. Hawkins in the comedy "The Naughty Nineties" (1945), starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello; and a Texas woman in the western "The Fabulous Texan" (1947), starring Bill Elliott.  Despite receiving mostly minor parts, Selby demonstrated versatility as an actress, performing in shows in every major television genre, including the family comedies "I Love Lucy" (1951–1957), "Father Knows Best" (1954–1960), in which she had a recurring role as Miss Thomas, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" (1952–1966), "My Three Sons" (1960–1972) and "Family Affair" (1966–1971); the crime dramas "Dragnet" (1951–1959), "M Squad" (1957–1960), "Perry Mason" (1957–1966) and "Adam-12" (1968–1975); the comedies "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" (1950–1958), in which she had a recurring role as Lucille Vanderlip, "The Real McCoys" (1957–1963) and "Petticoat Junction" (1963–1970); the family mystery series "The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure" (1956), in which she had a recurring role as Aunt Gertrude, a role that she reprised in the film "The Hardy Boys: The Myster of the Ghost" (1957); the long-running family drama "Lassie" (1954–1974) and Rod Serling's iconic anthology series "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964).

Selby made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Agnes Hamilton in "The Boarding House" (episode 22).  She guest-starred in numerous other westerns of the 1950s and 60s, including "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond, "The Restless Gun" (1957–1959), starring John Payne, "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen, "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring Jack Kelly and James Garner, "Zane Grey Theater" (1956–1961), starring Dick Powell, "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961), starring Hugh O'Brian, "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), starring Clint Walker, "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975), hosted by Robert Taylor, "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970), starring Fess Parker, "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts, and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness, in which she had a recurring role as Ma Smalley.

Harlan Warde as John Hamilton, President of the North Fork Bank

Harlan Warde was an American actor who appeared in 180 films and television series over a 40 year career.  Most of his early film roles were uncredited.  He appeared in 18 episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying John Hamilton, President of the North Fork Bank.  His character debuted in "The Safeguard" (episode 8).   Warde had recurring roles in other television series, many in the Western genre.  Among his many other TV credits, he also appeared in "Dragnet" ( 1954), "You Are There" (1953–1956), "Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre" (1955 1957), "Perry Mason" (1958–1966), "The Virginian" (1962–1971), "Bonanza" (1962–1972), "The Big Valley" (1965–1969) and "The Fugitive" (1966 1967).

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