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"Day of the Hunter"

Episode 55

Writer:  John Dunkel

Director:  Joseph Lewis

Original Air Date:  1/5/1960

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

Johnny Crawford and Chuck Connors

 

Cass Callicott, a famous old Buffalo hunter, arrives in North Fork and makes a point of introducing himself to Lucas and Mark.  He explains that he has been called the best in the country with a rifle; although, he has heard of Lucas' reputation with a rifle.  He challenges Lucas to a target shoot, but Lucas refuses, sure that he would beat an old man who's not as good as he used to be.  Cass mistakes Lucas' refusal for cowardice and suddenly turns vicious.   The old man announces instead of targets, he will prove his prowess by shooting Lucas.  McCain still tries to avoid a fight, but is forced into one when Cass kidnaps Mark.

Guest Cast

John Anderson as Cass Callicott

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).

Alice Backes as Isabel Dent

Alice Backes was an American actress who appeared in 80 movies and television shows in a career spanning nearly 50 years.  Her film appearances included roles in "Up in Central Park" (1948), the Susan Hayward classic, "I Want to Live!" (1958), "It Started with a Kiss" (1959), the Doris Day comedy, "That Touch of Mink" (1962), "Half a House" (1975) and the Disney films, "Snowball Express" (1976) and "The Cat from Outer Space" (1978).  She also portrayed Hedda Hopper in the Jill Clayburgh-James Brolin biopic, "Gable and Lombard" (1976).  Backes guest-starred in various popular TV series of the 1959s, 70s and 80s, including "Hennesey" (1959–1962), "Leave It to Beaver" (1957–1963), "Hazel" (1961–1962), "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (1963–1965), "Bewitched" (1964–1966), "Mayberry R.F.D." (1970–1971) and "Columbo" (1974–1997), among many other shows.  She also had a recurring role playing Vickie in the comedy series, "Bachelor Father" (1957–1962).  Backes made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Isabel Dent in "Mail Order Groom" (episode 56).  She also guest-starred in numerous iconic westerns, including "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975) and "The Virginian" (1962–1971) and "The Big Valley" (1968).

Dick Elliott as Hardiman

Dick Elliott, born Richard Damon Elliott, was a prolific American film and television actor.  He appeared in more than 350 movies and television shows in a career spanning nearly 40 years.  Many of his roles were uncredited.  He guest-starred in various popular shows, including the iconic family comedies "I Love Lucy" (1951–1957) and "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960–1968), in which he had a recurring role as Mayor Pike, in addition to "The Adventures of Superman" (1952–1958), starring George Reeves.  Elliott made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Hardiman, the apple guy, in "Day of the Hunter" (episode 55).  He also guest-starred in several other westerns, including "The Lone Ranger" (1949–1957), starring Clayton Moore, "The Restless Gun" (1957–1959), starring John Payne, "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring James Garner, and "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood.

Sandy Kenyon as Jim Profit

Sandy Kenyon, born Sanford Klein, was an American voice and character actor of stage, film and television.  He appeared in more than 120 movies and television shows during his 55-year career.  He had very distinctive features, including a gaunt appearance and prominent cheek bones.  Prior to embarking on his career as an actor, he served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot during World War II.  He had several film roles, including Bones Corelli in the biographical crime drama "Al Capone" (1959), and a real estate agent in the romantic drama "Breezy" (1973), starring William Holden and Kay Lenz.  He also had several recurring roles on television, including Des Smith in the short-lived series "Crunch and Des" (1955), Shep Baggott in the western "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters" (1963–1964), the voice of John Arbuckle in the animated series "Here Comes Garfield" (1982) and Reverend Kathrun in the primetime soap "Knots Landing" (1979–1993).

Kenyon guest-starred in many popular shows of the 1950s through the 90s, including the mystery action series "Peter Gunn" (1958–1961), the medical drama "Dr. Kildare" (1961–1966), the western adventure series "Kung Fu" (1972–1975), the satirical comedy " M*A*S*H" (1972–1983), the long-running family drama "The Waltons" (1971–1981), Rod Serling's iconic anthology series "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), the adventure series "The Fugitive" (1963–1967), the family comedies "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961–1966) and "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960–1968), the comedy series "That Girl" (1966–1971) and the war comedy "Hogan's Heroes" (1965–1971), as well as the crime dramas "Richard Diamond: Private Detective" (1957–1960), "Ironside" (1967–1975), "The Streets of San Francisco" (1972–1977), "Mannix" (1967–1975) and "Adam-12" (1968–1975).  Kenyon made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Jim Profit in "Mail Order Groom" (episode 56).  He guest-starred in several other westerns, including "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood, "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone, "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness, and "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury.

Montie Montana as Stage Driver

Montie Montana was an American actor, stuntman, rodeo trick rider and cowboy.  He worked primarily in television; although, he had numerous uncredited roles in film.  Montana made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, playing a cowboy in "The Gaucho" (episode 14) and a stage driver in "Mail Order Groom" (episode 56).  In addition to THE RIFLEMAN, he also appeared in the western series "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), again playing the part of the stagecoach driver.  In 1994, Montana was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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