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"The Lonesome Bride"

Episode 108

Writer:  Arthur Browne, Jr.

Director:  Otto Lang

Original Air Date:  5/2/1961

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

 

Lucas almost finds himself an unwilling bridegroom when two drunken cowhands play a joke on him.  Under Lucas' name, they write to a matrimonial agency in St. Louis, but the joke gets out of hand when a determined young lady arrives in North Fork and announces that she has come to claim her groom.

Guest Cast

Lincoln Demyan as Kelly Banner

Lincoln Demyan, born George Lincoln Demyan, was an American film and television actor.  He appeared in nearly 30 movies and television shows in a little over a decade.  He guest-starred in a number of iconic TV shows, including the popular fantasy comedy "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965–1970), starring Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman and Bill Daly; Gene Roddenberry's outer space classic "Star Trek" (1966–1969), starring William Shatner and Leonard Nemoy; and the action-adventure series "Kung Fu" (1972–1975), starring David Carradine as a Shaolin Monk roaming the Old West.  Demyan made one guest appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Kelly Banner in "The Lonesome Bride" (episode 108).  It was his first television appearance.  Demyan guest-starred in several other westerns, including "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness, "Branded" (1965–1966), starring THE RIFLEMAN'S own Chuck Connors; "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Micahel Landon; "The Big Valley" (1965–1969), starring Barbara Stanwyck; and "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury and Doug McClure.

Kay E. Kuter as Charve Banner

Kay E. Kuter, born Kay Edwin Emmert Kuter, was an American actor who worked in film, stage and television.  His filmography lists more than 120 movies and television credits in a career spanning 50 years.  Born into a show business family, his father was pioneer art director Leo "K" Kuter and his mother was silent screen actress Evelyn Edler.  After he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, Kuter began acting and directed more than 50 plays.  He was typecast as a heavy and was known for his distinctive beard.  He guest-starred in many popular shows of the 1950s through the 90s, including the Disney adventure series "Zorro" (1957–1959), the family comedy "Mister Ed" (1958–1966), the action series "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1969), the family comedy "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965–1970), the western adventure series "Kung Fu" (1972–1975), Rod Serling's iconic anthology series, "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964) and the sci-fi series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987–1994).  He also had a recurring role as Newt Kiley in the comedy series "Petticoat Junction" (1963–1970) and "Green Acres" (1965–1970).  Kuter also worked as a voice actor, and among his many roles, provided the voices for Grimsby in "The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea" (2000); Griswold Goodsoup and Dockmaster Velasco in the acclaimed adventure games "The Curse of Monkey Island" (1997) and "Grim Fandango" (1998), respectively.

Kuter made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Rafe Coleman in "Sins of the Father" (episode 70) and Charve Banner in "The Lonesome Bride" (episode 108).  He guest-starred in several other westerns, including "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962), starring Dale Robertson, "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts, "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury, and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness.

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.

Joan Shawlee as Mary Woodson

Joan Shawlee, also credited as Joan Fulton, was an American film and television actress.  She apppeared in nearly 100 movies and television shows during a career spanning 40 years.  She had roles in several memorable films, including Sylvia Hunter in the comedy "Buck Privates Come Home" (1947), starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello; Sweet Sue in the comedy "Some Like It Hot" (1959), starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon; Sylvia in the romantic comedy "The Apartment" (1960), starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray; and Amazon Annie in the horror film "Willard" (1971), starring Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester and Sondra Locke; as well as minor parts in the musical drama "A Star Is Born" (1954), starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and the crime thriller "Farewell, My Lovely" (1975), starring Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland and Sylvia Miles.

Shawlee guest-starred in a few popular television shows of the 1950s through the 70s, including the Disney adventure series "Zorro" (1957–1959), the comedy "Hazel" (1961–1966), the crime drama "Adam-12" (1968–1975), the crime drama "Mannix" (1967–1975), the crime drama anthology series "Police Story" (1973–1977) and the cop thriller "Starsky and Hutch" (1975–1979).  She made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Mary Woodson in "Lonesome Bride" (episode 108).  She also guest-starred in the western "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring Jack Kelly and James Garner.

Joan Taylor as Milly Scott, Owner of the General Store

Joan Taylor was an American actress born to a family in the entertainment business.  Her mother, Amelia Berky, was a vaudeville dancer and singer in the 1920s.  Her father operated a movie theater, which inspired in her an abiding interest in the movies from an early age.  Taylor came to Hollywood in 1946 and worked on the stage at the Pasadena Playhouse for four years.  Discovered by Victor Jory when she played Regina in "Another Part of the Forest," she was contracted to Paramount Studios where she appeared in several Western pictures.  She guest-starred in numerous television series in the 1950s and early 60s, retiring from acting in 1962.

Taylor appeared in 18 episodes of THE RIFLEMAN between 1960 and 1962, playing Milly Scott, Owner of the General Store, which she bought from Hattie Denton.  An attractive young woman who figured as a love interest for Lucas McCain, her character was introduced in "Miss Milly" (episode 84).

 

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