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"Deadly Image"

Episode 132

Writer:  Philip Saltzman

Director:  Richard Donner

Original Air Date:  2/26/1962

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

 

Lucas is accused of cold-blooded murder by a man who claims to have been an eyewitness.  The townsfolk are shocked and puzzled, until an explanation turns up in the person of Earl Bantry, a sadistic criminal who happens to bear an uncanny resemblance to McCain.  Bantry, curious to know more about his "twin," threatens Mark and almost kills Lucas in a psychopathic rage.

Guest Cast

Robert Bice as Len Richards

Robert Bice made five guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying different characters in each episode.  He played Joe Hallager in "The Mind Reader" (episode 40), Ben Smith in "The Coward" (episode 53), The Warden of New Mexico Territory in "Seven" (episode 79), and Len Richards in "Deadly Image" (episode 138).

Troy Melton as Ab Richards

Troy Melton was an American actor who worked primarily in television, as well as a stuntman.  He appeared in 110 movies and television shows during a career spanning more than five decades.  As a stuntman, he performed the stunts for several popular shows, including the westerns "The Lone Ranger" (1949–1957) and "Bonanza" (1959–1973), in addition to serving as a stunt double for Kent Taylor in the crime drama "Boston Blackie" (1951–1953) and Duncan Renaldo in the western "The Cisco Kid" (1950–1956).

Melton guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1950s through the 80s, including the legal drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), the detective drama "Richard Diamond: Private Detective" (1957–1960), the action crime drama "Highway Patrol" (1955–1959), the mystery action series "Peter Gunn" (1958–1961), the nautical action adventure "Sea Hunt" (1958–1961), the anthology series "The Outer Limits" (1963–1965), the superhero parody "Batman" (1966–1968), the family comedy "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960–1968), the western action adventure "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1969), the police drama "Mod Squad" (1968–1973), the adventure drama "It Takes a Thief" (1968–1970), the crime drama "Mannix" (1967–1975), the espionage thriller "Mission: Impossible" (1966–1973) and the family drama "Little House on the Prairie" (1974–1983).

Melton made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Wally Pierson in "First Wages" (episode 112) and Ab Richards in "Deadly Image" (episode 132).  He guest-starred in many other westerns, including "Maverick" (1957–1962), "Zane Grey Theater" (1956–1961), "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962), "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), "Bat Masterson" (1958–1961), "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961), "Branded" (1965–1966), "The Big Valley" (1965–1969), "Bonanza" (1959–1973) and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975).

Gloria Moreland as the Saloon Girl

Gloria Moreland is an American film and television actress.  She has appeared in eight movies and television shows during her brief career.  She has had a few minor film roles in B-movies, including the drama "The Rebel Set" (1959), starring Gregg Palmer, Kathleen Crowley and Edward Platt; and the science fiction film "The Phantom Planet" (1961), starring Dean Fredericks, Coleen Gray and Francis X. Bushman.  Moreland guest-starred in the anthology series "G.E. True Theater" (1953–1962).  She made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying the saloon girl in "Deadly Image" (episode 132).

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.

Leonard Stone as K. C. Peters

Leonard Stone, born Leonard Steinbock, was an American character actor of stage, film and television.  He appeared in more than 130 movies and television shows during his 50-year career.  After serving in the Navy during World War II, Stone attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.  He then relocated to Australia where he participated in the traveling production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "South Pacific."  Upon returning to the United States, he guest-starred in a wide variety of shows from the 1950s through the 90s, including the mystery action series "Peter Gunn" (1958–1961), the crime drama "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), the comedy "The Real McCoys" (1957–1963), the medical drama "Dr. Kildare" (1961–1966), the crime drama "Arrest and Trial" (1963–1964), the family comedy "The Donna Reed Show" (1958–1966), the war comedies "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (1964–1969) and "M*A*S*H" (1972–1983), the police dramas "Mod Squad" (1968–1973) and "Adam-12" (1968–1975), the espionage thriller "Mission: Impossible" (1966–1973), the sitcoms "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979–1985) and "Barney Miller" (1974–1982), and the medical crime drama "Quincy M.E." (1976–1983).

Stone had several recurring roles, including Doc Joslyn in the comedy series "Camp Runamuck" (1965), Lenny in the comedy "Alice" (1976–1985), Judge Carl Fuller in the primetime drama "Falcon Crest" (1981–1990), and Judge Paul Hanson in the legal drama "L.A. Law" (1986–1994); however, he is best-remembered for his portrayal of Mr. Beauregarde in the film adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's fantasy "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (1971), starring Gene Wilder.  In addition to his most famous role, Stone played the role of Charles in the sci-fi drama "Soylent Green" (1973), starring Charlton Heston and Leigh Taylor-Young.  Stone made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying the gambler in "Miss Bertie" (episode 90) and KC in "Deadly Image" (episode 132).  He also guest-starred in the westerns "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood, "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury, and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness.

 

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