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"The Horsetraders"

Episode 60

Writer:  Jack Curtis

Director:  William Claxton

Original Air Date:  2/9/1960

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

 

Lucas and Mark try to help out a friend who has been cheated in a horse trading deal, and find themselves involved with not only the dishonest horse trader, but also with two cut-throat thieves.

Guest Cast

Fern Barry as Callie Sawyer

Fern Barry was an American film and television actress.  She appeared in nearly 50 television shows and movies in a career spanning more than 40 years.  Many of her acting roles were uncredited.  Working mostly during the 1930s, 50s and 60s, Barry appeared in several popular TV series, including and "The Donna Reed Show" (1960) and the popular crime drama series "Perry Mason" (1957–1966).  She made two appearances in The RIFLEMAN, portraying a townswoman in "The Woman" (episode 32) and Callie Sawyer in "The Horsetraders" (episode 60).  Barry also guest–starred in "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961), "Wagon Train" (1957–1965) and "Rawhide" (1960).

Clegg Hoyt as Lester Chard

Clegg Hoyt was an American television and film actor.  He appeared in 85 movies and television shows during a 20-year career.  He had minor parts in a few films, including the romantic comedy "That Touch of Mink" (1962), starring Cary Grant and Doris Day, and the mystery drama "In the Heat of the Night" (1967), starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates and Lee Grant.

Hoyt guest-starred in many popular television shows, including the detective drama "Richard Diamond: Private Detective" (1957–1960), the anthology series "Playhouse 90" (1956–1960), the crime dramas "The Untouchables" (1959–1963) and "Arrest and Trial" (1963–1964), the suspense anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955–1962), the war drama "Combat!" (1962–1967), Rod Serling's iconic anthology series "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), and the espionage thriller "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964–1968).  He also had a recurring role as Mac in six episodes of the medical drama "Dr. Kildare" (1961–1966).

Hoyt made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Lester Chard in "The Horsetraders" (episode 60).  He guest-starred in many other westerns, including "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), starring Clint Walker; "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond; "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen; and "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975), hosted by Robert Taylor.  He appeared in eight episodes of "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts, and he made multiple appearances in "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone, and in "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness.

Chubby Johnson as Kansas Sawyer

Chubby Johnson, born Charles Rutledge Johnson, was an American film and television actor.  He appeared in more than 90 movies and television shows during a career spanning 25 years.  Prior to becoming an actor relatively late in life—in his 40s—Johnson worked as a journalist and radio announcer.  He became a recognizable character actor, known for his jovial disposition and folksy country accent, which made him well-suited to the western genre.  He had several film roles, including Cap'n Mello in the western "Bend of the River" (1952), starring James Stewart, Julie Adams and Rock Hudson, as well as a minor part in the western "High Noon" (1952), starring Gary Cooper.

Johnson guest-starred in several popular television series of the 1950s through the 70s, including the anthology series "Playhouse 90" (1956–1960), the family comedy "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960–1968), the macabre anthology series "Thriller" (1960–1962), the family drama "Lassie" (1954–1974) and the western action adventure "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1969).  He also had a few recurring roles, playing Jim Bell in the western "Sky King" (1951–1959) and Buzz the Salvage Man in the family comedy "Dennis the Menace" (1959–1963).

Johnson made three appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Kansas Sawyer in "The Horsetraders" (episode 60), Mr. Avery in "The Spoiler" (episode 61) and the old man in "Guilty Conscience" (episode 137).  He guest-starred in many other westerns, including "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond; "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen; "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring Jack Kelly and James Garner; awhide; "The Big Valley" (1965–1969), starring Barbara Stanwyck; "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness; and "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts.

Jack Kirkwood as Colonel Bourbon

Jack Kirkwood was a Scottish-born actor who appeared in 22 movies, short comedy specials and television series in the 1940s, 50s and early 60s.  His earliest credited role was playing Jack in the RKO comedy special "Heart Troubles" (1949), which co-starred Wally Brown.  He teamed with Brown again in a series of RKO comedy shorts, including "Put Some Money in the Pot," "Photo Phonies" and "Brooklyn Buckaroos" (all three in 1950), and also "Tinhorn Troubadors" and "From Rogues to Riches" (both in 1951).  Kirkwood portrayed Mike Floud in the feature-length comedy "Fancy Pants" (1950), which starred Bob Hope and Lucille Ball.  He went on to guest star in several television series, mostly comedies, including one appearance in the first season of "The Real McCoys" (1957), a recurring role as Charlie O'Connell in the third season of "Hey, Jeannie" (1958), several different characters in "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1957–1960), and another recurring character, Charley Hackett, in 12 episodes of "One Happy Family" (1961).  He also appeared in the comedy variety show "The Red Skelton Hour" (1957–1961).  Kirkwood made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Colonel Bourbon in "The Horsetraders" (episode 60).

John Milford as Jonas Winters

John Milford was an American actor, whose long career, primarily in television, included more than 164 acting roles spanning five decades.  His first big break came with an uncredited appearance in the 1956 Oscar awarding winning film "Marty," starring Ernest Borgnine.  Milford appeared in every television genre, from crime dramas, including "The F.B.I." (1965–1974) and "Mannix" (1967–1975), among many others, to sci-fi adventures, including "The Six Million Dollar Man" (1974–1978) and its spin-off "The Bionic Woman" (1976–1978).  He appeared in many of the most popular series of their eras, including the sci-fi thriller "The Invaders" (1967–1968), sci-fi mini-series "The Planet of the Apes (1974), the family dramas "Little House on the Prairie" (1974–1983) and "Highway to Heaven" (1984–1989), and the sci-fi mystery "The X-Files" (1993–2002).

Milford played recurring roles in several series, including Ike Clanton for one season in "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961), Sgt. Kagey in "The Lieutenant" (1963–1964), Lt. Paul Hewitt in "The Bold Ones: The Lawyers" (1969–1972), and a co-starring role as Captain Dempsey in the action comedy "Enos" (1980–1981).  In addition to the Wyatt Earp series, Milford appeared in many of the most popular western series of the 1950s through '70s, including "Bonanza" (1959–1973), "The Virginian" (1962–1971) and "The Big Valley" (1965–1969).

John Milford made eleven appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Ross Porter in "The Blowout" (episode 43), Dub in "The Coward" (episode 53), Jonas Winters in "The Horsetraders" (episode 60), Bro Hadley in "A Time for Singing" (episode 64), Morgan in "Meeting at Midnight" (episode 74), Marsh Watson in "The Pitchman" (episode 80), Hadley in "Baranca" (episode 82), Jack Solby in "Dark Day at North Fork" (episode 100), Reade in "The Clarence Bibs Story" (episode 104), Jess Grady in "The Journey Back" (episode 115) and Lt. Price in "The Assailants" (episode 149).  Milford also appeared in two episodes of THE RIFLEMAN spin-off "Law of the Plainsman" (1959–1960).

Milford ran the Chamber Theatre on Cahuenga Blvd. West in Hollywood, where he helped many young actors get a start in the entertainment industry.  He is also credited with the original design for the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

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