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"Stopover"

Episode 107

Writer:  Arthur Browne, Jr.

Director:  Budd Boetticher

Original Air Date:  4/25/1961

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

 

When a severe snowstorm makes the roads impassable, the North Fork stagecoach has to stop over for a night at the McCain ranch.  Lucas' neighborliness in giving the passengers shelter nearly causes trouble when the passengers turn out to be a former dance hall girl, a drunken whiskey salesman, and a well-known hired gun.

Guest Cast

Joe E. Benson as Townsman

Joe E. Benson became an actor as a side career.  He appeared in a single move, "Redneck Zombies" (1989) and guest–starred in one episode of "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), portraying the deputy in "The Case of the Crippled Cougar" (1962).  Benson had known Chuck Connors personally, and according to the producers, they hired him on the star's recommendation. Benson appeared in 34 episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, mostly playing uncredited parts.  In a small number of episodes, Benson played credited roles, including Mills in "The Actress" (episode 94), Merar in "The Score is Even" (episode 105) and a prison guard in "Requiem at Mission Springs" (episode 164).

Joe Higgins as Scotty the Stagecoach Driver

Joe Higgins was an American actor working primarily in television and commercials from the 1960's through the 1980's.  His acting career began at age nine and while attending the University of Dayton in Ohio, he worked in radio.  He became a prolific character actor who often portrayed a sheriff in commercials, public service announcements and in print ads.  He won the CLIO award on two occasions for his acting in commercials.  His portrayal as a sheriff, "You in a heap o' trouble, boy!," in a series of memorable Dodge car commercials in the 1970's became his iconic signature role.

Higgins appeared in four episodes of THE RIFLEMAN playing different characters, and he played the semi-regular character, Nils Swenson, the Blacksmith, in 17 episodes.  He played recurring roles on other television series in addition to THE RIFLEMAN, including "Arrest and Trial" and later, he co-starred again with Chuck Connors in "Flipper" and "Geronimo."

Gordon Jones as Vince Medford

Gordon Jones was an American film and television actor whose career spanned more than 30 years.  Born in California, he broke into the movie business playing small roles and bit parts.  A big burly man, he played supporting characters, often appearing in slapstick roles and light comedies, even developing something of a reputation as a comical sidekick in the B-western genre.

His acting turn co-starring Eddie Cantor in "Strike Me Pink" (1936) garnered him a contract with RKO.  He appeared in a string of films in the 1930's and '40's.  He was cast against type as Britt Reid, the title character of "The Green Hornet" (1940) in the first of two Universal movie serials based on the old radio program.  Ironically, it was "The Green Hornet" role for which Jones is best remembered.  In the same year, Jones played the leading role of a rookie police officer in "I Take This Oath."

After serving a tour of duty in the military during World War II, Gordon returned to acting.  He played comic western villains in a succession of films, including the Danny Kaye classic "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1947), the Abbott and Costello western send-up, "The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap" (1947), and the "horse and bull" western, "The Untamed Breed" (1948).  He went on to play Mike the Cop, Lou Costello's nemesis, on "The Abbott and Costello Show" (1952–1954).

Gordon appeared other television series in the 1950's and early 60's, including "The Real McCoys," and he appeared in two episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying the Carnival Barker in "The Wronged Man" (episode 27) and Vince Medford in "Stopover" (episode 107).

Jones continued to work in films; notably, he appeared in two successful Disney pictures, "The Absent-Minded Professor" and "Son of Flubber," in which he portraying harried school coaches.  His last film role was in John Wayne's western-comedy "McClintock!" (1963).

Bethel Leslie as Tess

Bethel Leslie was an American stage, film and television actress, as well as a screenwriter.  She appeared in more than 100 movies and television shows during a career spanning 50 years.  She was discovered by theater producer and director George Abbott, who cast her in a production of the comedy "Snafu" (1944).  She went on to appear in many Broadway productions, including "Goodbye, My Fancy" (1948), "The Time of the Cuckoo" (1952), "Inherit the Wind" (1955), "Catch Me If You Can" (1965), and "Long Day's Journey Into Night" (1986), in which she played Mary Tyrone, a role that garnered her a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.  She later reprised the role for a TV movie adaptation.  As a screenwriter, she composed scripts for various popular shows, including "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), "Barnaby Jones" (1973–1980) and "Falcon Crest" (1981–1990).

Leslie guest-starred in a many popular television shows of the 1950s through the 90s, including the suspense series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955–1962) the adventure series "Route 66" (1960–1964), the medical drama "Ben Casey" (1961–1966), the adventure series "The Fugitive" (1963–1967), the action comedy "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1969), the adventure series "Kung Fu" (1972–1975), and the daytime drama "One Life to Live" (1968–Present), as well as the crime dramas "M Squad" (1957–1960), "Perry Mason" (1957–1966) and "Mannix" (1967–1975).

Leslie made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Teresa Miller in "Stopover" (episode 107).  She guest-starred in many other westerns, including "Maverick" (1957–1962), "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975), "Rawhide" (1959–1966), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970), "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), and "The Virginian" (1962–1971).

Adam West as Rolf

Adam West, born William West Anderson, is an American film, stage, television and voice actor.  He has appeared in more than 180 movies and television shows in a career spanning nearly 60 years.  Prior to becoming an actor, West graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, with a minor in Psychology.  Among his many film roles were his portrayals of William Lawrence III in the drama "The Young Philadelphians" (1959), starring Paul Newman and Barbara Rush; Col. Dan McReady in the sci-fi film "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" (1964), co-starring Paul Mantee and Victor Lundin; and a cameo role in the comedy "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (1999), starring Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards and Ellen Barkin.  West is best-known for his portrayal of the title character (and alter-ego Bruce Wayne) in the campy superhero series "Batman" (1966–1968).  Although it was difficult to shrug off being typecast after his memorable superhero role, over the years, West revisited the role in various send-ups and spin-offs.  In recent years, he has lent his recognizable voice to the fictional Mayor Adam West in the popular animated comedy "Family Guy" (1999–present).  Other voice work includes other hit animated TV shows—"The Simpsons," "Rugrats," "Batman," "Animaniacs," "Jonny Bravo," "Spydogs," "The Super Adventure Team."  West also has performed voice roles for animated films, including Ace, Hollywood Chicken Little, in "Chicken Little" (2005), and Uncle Art in "Meet the Robinsons" (2007), both produced by Disney, and Leonard Fox in "Redux Riding Hood" (1998), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 1998.

West has guest-starred in numerous popular shows of the 1950s through the 2000s, including the crime dramas "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964) and "Mannix" (1967–1975), the sci-fi anthology series "The Outer Limits" (1963–1965), and the Aaron Spelling adventure "Fantasy Island" (1977–1984).  He also has played several recurring roles, including Captain Rick Wright in the comedy "The Last Precinct" (1986) and the voice of himself in the animated comedy "The Fairly OddParents" (2001–present).  West made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Christopher Ryan in "Stopover" (episode 107).  He guest-starred in many other popular westerns of the 1950s through 70s, including "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), starring Clint Walker, "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring Jack Kelly and James Garner, "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962), starring Dale Robertson, "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts, "Laramie" (1959–1963), starring John Smith and Robert Fuller, "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness, "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury, and "The Big Valley" (1965–1969), starring Barbara Stanwyck.

 

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