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"Baranca"

Episode 82

Writer:  Mike Mamakos and Peter Mamakos

Director:  Joseph H. Lewis

Original Air Date:  11/1/1960

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

 

Baranca, a Mexican bandit, and his gang ride into North Fork looking for Hadely, who has murdered a Mexican farmer and burned his home.  Baranca finds Hadley and is ready to execute him on the spot, when Lucas intervenes. Lucas has to endure an exhausting fist-fight before he finally convinces Baranca that law and order will prevail in North Fork, whether or not Baranca agrees.

Guest Cast

Henry Amargo as Juan

Henry Amargo, born Enrique Amargo, was an American television and film actor.  He appeared in 11 movies and television shows during a one-decade career as an actor.  Several of his roles were uncredited.  He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Juan in "Baranca" (episode 82).  In addition to THE RIFLEMAN, Amargo also guest-starred in "Wagon Train" (1957–1965).

Joe E. Benson as one of Baranca's Angels

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).

Linda Dangcil as Mrs. Sanchez

Linda Dangcil was an American stage, film and television actress, as well as a dancer.  She appeared in nearly 40 movies and television shows during her 50-year career.  When she was a teenager, she broke into show business on Broadway, performing in "Peter Pan" (1954) opposite Mary Martin and was later tapped by Jerome Robbins to be one of the principal dancers in the film adaptation of "West Side Story" (1961).  Dangcil also performed in several roles in the First National Tour of "A Chorus Line" at the Shubert Theater in Los Angeles.  Her best-remembered role was probably Sister Ana in the Sally Fields comedy "The Flying Nun" (1967–1970).  Dangcil made one guest appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Mrs. Sanchez in "Baranca" (episode 82).  She also guest-starred in a few other westerns, including "Maverick" (1957–1992), starring James Garner, and "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962).

Cesare Danova as Baranca

Cesare Danova, born Cesare Deitinger in Bergamo, Italy, was a television and screen actor whose career spanned nearly five decades.  Tall, handsome and possessed of an aristocratic air, he adopted the stage name Danova when he turned to acting in Rome at the end of World War II.  After appearing in more than 20 films in Europe, he was signed to a long-term contract by MGM.

Originally groomed for the lead role in "Ben Hur" (1959), director William Wyler instead tapped Charleton Heston for the part, whose performance garnered the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role.  Danova's next big break came when he was cast in "Cleopatra" (1963).  The following year he starred in "Viva Las Vegas" as Elvis Presley's rival for both Ann Margaret's Rusty Martin and for the Las Vegas Grand Prix.

Two of his best film roles came later in Danova's career, first in 1973, playing the neighborhood Mafia Don, Giovanni Cappa, in Martian Scorsese's "Mean Streets" and in 1978, playing the corrupt town mayor, Carmine DePasto, in "National Lampoon's Animal House."

Danova also appeared in numerous television shows throughout his career.  He co-starred in the Golden-Globe nominated TV series, "Garrison's Guerillas" (1967–1968), which was inspired by the film, "The Dirty Dozen."  When Danova first came to America, he reportedly said he wanted to lose his accent so that he could play an American cowboy.  In 1958, he got his wish, debuting on American television in THE RIFLEMAN.  He portrayed Count DiMontova in "Duel of Honor" (episode 7) and made two additional appearances, playing the title role in "Baranca" (episode 82) and Mario Rosati in "The Guest" (episode 165).

Jack Kruschen as Doc Burrage

Jack Kruschen was a Canadian actor whose career began on stage, but he became a character actor in both movies and television.  In his 50-year career, with more than 200 screen credits, he played virtually every kind of role.  Often cast in comedic ethnic roles, Kruschen occasionally landed a role as a villain, but more often was cast as the volatile, emotional Italian or Jewish neighbor patriarch.  He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in "The Apartment" (1960).  Kruschen appeared in four episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying the Clyde Bailey in "The Retired Gun" (episode 17), Sammy in "One Went to Denver" (episode 25).  He was one of six actors to play Doc Burrage, appearing in "Trail of Hate" (episode 77) and "Baranca" (episode 82).

John Milford as Hadley

John Milford made eleven appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying different characters in each episode.  He had a long acting career, primarily in television, spanning five decades.   He 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.

Alberto Monte as Poco

Alberto Monte, born Alonzo Acevedo Gonzalez, was a Puerto Rican actor who worked primarily in television.  He appeared in 20 movies and television shows during a 10-year career.  Despite having had a short acting career, Monte was busy in the 1960s, guest-starring in popular television shows that included the private detective series "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), the sitcom "The Real McCoys" (1957–1963), the macabre anthology series "Thriller" (1960–1962), the espionage series "Mission: Impossible" (1966–1973) and "I Spy" (1965–1968), and the Buck Henry spy spoof "Get Smart" (1965–1970).  He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Poco in "Baranca!" (episode 82).  He also guest-starred in the western "Branded" (1965–1966), starring THE RIFLEMAN's Chuck Connors.

Larry Perron as Eddie

Larry Perron was an American actor who worked primarily in television.  He appeared in nearly 20 movies and television shows in a career of just under 10 years.  He guest-starred in a few popular shows of the 1950s and 60s, including the action series "Highway Patrol" (1955–1959), the crime drama "M Squad" (1957–1960), and the suspenseful anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955–1962).  He also had an uncredited role in the romantic adventure film "Timbuktu" (1959), starring Victor Mature and Yvonne De Carlo.

Perron made three appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Dan Cameron in "Blood Brother" (episode 35), Eddie in "Baranca" (episode 82) and Sag in "Death Trap" (episode 109).  He guest-starred in several other westerns of the 1950s and 60s, including "The Deputy" (1959–1961), starring Henry Fonda, "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond, "Laramie" (1959–1963), starring John Smith and Robert Fuller, and "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury.

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.

 

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