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"The High Country"

Episode 122

Writer:  Calvin Clements

Director:  Joseph Lewis

Original Air Date:  12/18/1961

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Johnny Crawford and Chuck Connors

 

While protecting his ranch from thieves, Lucas is responsible for the accidental death of a young mountain boy.  When he goes to the boy's family to explain, he is tried for murder by the mountain people and sentenced according to their harsh code to five years hard labor.  He literally must fight with fire to win his freedom.

Guest Cast

James Coburn as Ambrose

James Coburn was an American actor, producer, director, writer and screenwriter.  He studied acting at UCLA, before moving to New York to study at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting   His long and versatile 45-year career garnered him more than 150 credits as an actor.   He worked with some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors and appeared in several films classics, including John Sturges" films "The Magnificent Seven" (1960) and "The Great Escape" (1963), Sam Peckinpah's "Major Dundee" (1965), "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973) and "Cross of Iron" (1977).  He became a widely recognized star with his James Bond spy spoofs playing the title roles in "Our Man Flint" (1966) and "In Like Flint" (1967).  Coburn received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Glen Whitehouse in the film "Affliction" (1997), in addition to nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild and the Independent Spirit Awards.

Coburn made two guest appearances on THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Cy Parker in "The Young Englishman" (episode 13) and Ambrose in "The High Country" (episode 122).  Coburn was already well-established in the western genre prior to his appearances on THE RIFLEMAN, having made his film debut in the western "Ride Lonesome" (1959), followed by multiple appearances in both "The Restless Gun" (1957–1959) and "Bonanza" (1959–1973).

Booth Colman as Jeremiah

Booth Colman is an American stage, film and television actor.  He began his career as a child performer, appearing in local theater productions and radio.  He has made appearances in more than 160 movies and television shows in a career spanning nearly 60 years.  Colman guest-starred in many of the most popular series since the 1950s, often cast as a venerable professorial character.  Colman attended the Universities of Washington and Michigan, after which he served in the Japanese Language Division of the U.S. Military Intelligence during World War II.  Following his service, Colman began acting on the stage in New York, playing leading roles in over a dozen plays, including repeat performances for more than 15 years playing Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol," Sir Thomas More in "A Man for All Seasons," Commander Queeg in "Caine Mutiny Court Martial," Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" and many other classic plays.  He eventually made his way to Hollywood to pursue a career in movies, debuting in Howard Hawks' "The Big Sky" (1952) and subsequently appearing in more than 50 feature films.  Colman appeared in a variety of genres, including the comedy "Auntie Mame" (1958), the John Wayne western "The Comancheros" (1961), the Jerry Lewis screwball comedy "The Errand Boy" (1961), three Peter Ustinov comedies, among them "Romanoff and Juliet" (1961), the Fred MacMurray–Polly Bergen comedy "Kisses for My President" (1964), and the labor union drama "Norma Rae" (1979), starring Sally Field in the Oscar-winning title role.

Colman has guest-starred in numerous TV series in virtually every major genre.  Colman made guest appearances in numerous crime dramas, including "Cavalcade of America" (1952–1957), "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), "Perry Mason" (1957–1966) and "Police Story" (1973–1977).  He also appeared in the sci-fi classics "Thriller" (1960–1962), starring Boris Karloff, and "The Outer Limits" (1963–1965).  He has had a few recurring roles, including his portrayals of Dr. Zaius in "Planet of the Apes" (1974) and Dr. Felix Burke in the long-running soap opera "The Young and the Restless" (1973–present).  More recently, he made appearances in the popular comedy series "My Name is Earl" (2005–2009) and "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" (2005–2007).

Colman made one guest appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Jeremiah in "The High Country" (episode 122).  He also guest-starred in many other popular westerns of the 1950s and 60s, including "Bonanza" (1959–1973) and "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970)—making several appearances in both, as well as "Yancy Derringer" (1958–1959), "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), "The Virginian" (1962–1971) and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975).

Ellen Corby as Mrs. Morgan

Ellen Corby, born Ellen Hansen, was a prolific American film and television actress.  She appeared in more than 230 movies and television shows during a career spanning 65 years.  Corby was interested in acting beginning in high school, eventually moving to Hollywood, where she took acting lessons for more than a decade.  After playing many uncredited roles, Corby eventually became a busy character actress, appearing in movies and television shows in every genre.  She was cast in the starring role as Emma Barber in the crime drama "Caged" (1950); she played Mrs. Liz Torrey in the Oscar-winning George Stevens' western "Shane" (1953); she portrayed Miss McCardle in the romantic comedy "Sabrina" (1954), starring Humphry Bogart and Audrey Hepburn; and she played the role of the manager of the McKittrick Hotel in the Alfred Hitchcock classic film "Vertigo" (1958).

Corby appeared in many TV series, including the crime dramas "Dragnet" (1951–1959), "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), "Perry Mason" (1957–1966) and "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" (1957–1960), as well as family comedies, including "I Love Lucy" (1951–1957) and "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960–1968), and even "Batman" (1966–1968), starring Adam West.  She is perhaps best-remembered for her portrayal of Grandma Esther Walton in the family drama "The Waltons" (1971–1981), for which she received several awards, including three Emmy awards for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and two Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actress in Television.  Corby was also awarded a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Aunt Trina in the film "I Remember Mama" (1948).

Corby also guest-starred in virtually all of the iconic westerns, including "The Roy Rogers Show" (1951–1957), "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961), "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" (1954–1959), "Trackdown" (1957–1959), in which she had a recurring role as Henrietta Porter, "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), in which she made two appearances as Aunt Em, "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962), "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), "Bonanza" (1959–1973) and "The Virginian" (1962–1971).  Corby guest-starred in two episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Mrs. Avery in "The Spoiler" (episode 61) and Mrs. Morgan in "The High Country" (episode 122).  In 1989, Corby receive the Golden Boot award for her significant contributions to the western genre.

Valora Noland as Clare

Valora Noland is an American actress who has worked primarily in television.  She has appeared in 18 movies and television shows during her 10-year career.  She studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California.  She played the role of Rhonda in the musical comedy "Beach Party" (1963), starring Robert Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Franky Avalon and Annette Funicello; she was cast as Vickie in the social drama "Sex and the College Girl" (1964), starring John Gabriel, Luana Anders and Charles Grodin; she starred as Diana in "Summer Children" (1965), co-starring Stuart Anderson and John Hanek, and she played Kate in the action western "The War Wagon" (1967), starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Howard Keel.  She guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1960s and 70s, including the medical drama "Dr.  Kildare" (1961–1966), the family comedy "The Donna Reed Show" (1958–1966), the espionage thriller "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964–1968), the crime drama "Mannix" (1967–1975) and the science fiction cult classic "Star Trek" (1966–1969).

Noland made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Clare in "The High Country" (episode 122).  She guest-starred in several other westerns, including "Laramie" (1959–1963), starring John Smith and Robert Fuller, "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond, and "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury.

Jan Stine as Gorwin Morgan

Jan Stine, born Jan Russell Stine, was an American actor who primarily worked in television.  He appeared in nearly 30 movies and television shows during his brief career.  He guest-starred in several popular shows of the 1950s and 60s, including the comedy "The Real McCoys" (1957–1963), the family comedy "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (1959–1963), the legal drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966) and the long-running family drama "Lassie" (1954–1974).  Stine made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Johnny in "Woman from Hog Ridge" (episode 78) and Gorwin Morgan in "The High Country" (episode 122).  He guest-starred in a few other westerns, including "Zane Grey Theater" (1956–1961), starring Dick Powell; "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen; and "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury.

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