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"The Schoolmaster"

Episode 86

Writer:  Margaret Armen

Director:  Arthur Hiller

Original Air Date:  11/29/1960

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

 

A clash with a harsh, unsympathetic teacher drives Mark and a school chum to play hookey.  Their carefree holiday turns into a nightmare, however, when they become trapped in an old mine tunnel where they've been playing.

Guest Cast

Pamela Cole as Sally

Pamela Cole guest-starred in one episode of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Sally in "The Schoolmaster" (episode 86).  Cole is Chuck Connor's niece and was recruited to play one of the school children, along with Steven Gardner, the son of THE RIFLEMAN producer Arthur Gardner and Connors' four sons Mike, Steve, Jeff and Kevin.

Jeff Connors as Schoolboy

Jeff Connors is one of four sons of THE RIFLEMAN's star, Chuck Connors.  He and his three brothers, together with Steven Gardner, son of the show's executive producer Arthur Gardner, appeared in "The Schoolteacher" (episode 86) as schoolchildren.  Jeff also appeared in "Tension" (episode) as Toby Halpern, and with his brother Mike as two boys going fishing in "First Wages" (episode 112).

Mike Connors as Schoolboy

Mike Connors is one of four sons of THE RIFLEMAN's star, Chuck Connors.  He and his three brothers, together with Steven Gardner, son of the show's executive producer Arthur Gardner, appeared in "The Schoolteacher" (episode 86) as schoolchildren.  Mike also appeared with brother Jeff as two boys going fishing in "First Wages" (episode 112).

Kevin Connors as Schoolboy

Kevin Connors is one of four sons of THE RIFLEMAN's star, Chuck Connors.  He and his three brothers, together with Steven Gardner, son of the show's executive producer Arthur Gardner, appeared in "The Schoolteacher" (episode 86) as schoolchildren.

Steve Connors as Schoolboy

Steve Connors is one of four sons of THE RIFLEMAN's star, Chuck Connors.  He and his three brothers, together with Steven Gardner, son of the show's executive producer Arthur Gardner, appeared in "The Schoolteacher" (episode 86) as schoolchildren.

Jimmy Fields as Bill Davis

Jimmy Fields is an American television and film actor.  He has appeared in 10 movies and television shows during a career spanning just over 10 years.  He had a minor part in the comedy film "Sweet Charity" (1969), starring Shirley MacLaine, and he guest-starred in several popular television shows, including the family comedies "Mister Ed" (1958–1966) and "The Donna Reed Show" (1958–1966), the family drama "Lassie" (1954–1975) and the sci-fi cult classic "Star Trek" (1966–1969).  He had a recurring role as Richy Gordon in the comedy series "The Ann Southern Show" (1958–1961).  Fields made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Billy Davis in "The Schoolmaster" (episode 86).

Steven Gardner as Schoolboy

Steve Gardner is the son of THE RIFLEMAN executive producer, Arthur Gardner.  He appeared in two episodes as schoolboys, "The Apprentice Sheriff" (episode 11) and "The Schoolteacher" (episode 86).  Gardner currently is an attorney practicing in Los Angeles.

Arnold Moss as Steven Griswold, the Schoolmaster

Arnold Moss was an American character actor of stage, radio, film and television, who was recognized for his distinctive deep, aristocratic voice.  He appeared in more than 60 movies and television shows during a career spanning 30 years.  Moss was an erudite man, earning both a Master's degree in French and a PhD in theater.  Trained as a Shakespearean theater actor, he taught drama at Brooklyn College for many years and even started his own Shakespearean theater company.  In addition to his various other pursuits, Moss created many of the crossword puzzles featured in the "New York Times" Sunday paper.  As a character actor, Moss specialized in crafting urbane villains of various ethnicities.  He had a few roles in memorable films, including Tasso in the comedy "My Favorite Spy" (1951), starring Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr; The Doge in the comedy "Casanova's Big Night" (1954), starring Bobe Hope and Joan Fontaine; and Abdul in the crime caper "Gambit" (1966), starring Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine.

Moss guest-starred in several popular television shows of the 1950s through the 60s, including the suspense anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955–1962), the road series "Route 66" (1960–1964), the espionage thriller "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964–1968) and the science fiction cult classic "Star Trek" (1966–1969).  He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Steven Griswold in "The Schoolmaster" (episode 86).  He also guest-starred in the westerns "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970), starring Fess Parker, and "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts.

 

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