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"Mark's Rifle"

Episode 150

Writer:  Oliver Crawford

Director:  Arnold Laven

Original Air Date:  11/19/1962

 

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

 

Mark befriends an attractive young man who arrives in North Fork as an advance man for a circus.  An attempted robbery at the hotel puts the young man under suspicion, and trouble grows between Mark and his father over their conflicting opinions about whether or not the young man is really guilty.

Guest Cast

Patricia Blair as Lou Mallory, Owner of the General Store and the Madera House Hotel

Patricia Blair was an American television actress whose career was active primarily in the 1950s and 1960s.   The Texas-born beauty began her career as a teenage model who went on to apprentice in summer stock before being discovered by Warner Bros.  She began acting in films under the names Patricia Blake and Pat Blake.   She appeared in a few films, including "Jump Into Hell" (1955), "Crime Against Joe" (1956) and "The Black Sleep" (1956), which reunited screen icons of the horror film genre Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Basil Rathbone and John Carradine.   She also appeared in the suspense thriller "City of Fear" (1959), starring Vince Edwards.  She portrayed the Fashion Narrator in the Robert Redford romantic western "The Electric Horseman" (1979), co-starring Jane Fonda.

In 1962, Blair replaced actress Joan Taylor in a semi-regular role as Lou Mallory, Chuck Connor's love interest in the last season of THE RIFLEMAN.  Blair played the attractive red-haired, fiery Irish businesswoman, whose character was savvy Landowner and Owner of the General Store and the Madera House Hotel.  Blair's character of Lou Mallory appeared in 17 episodes of THE RIFLEMAN; she debuted in the title role of episode 145.  Blair also made guest television appearances on "The Bob Cummings Show" (1955–1959), "The Virginian" (1962–1971), "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), and she co-starred in "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970), playing wife Rebecca Boone opposite Fess Parker.   She also had a recurring role as Goldy in the western adventure series "Yancy Derringer" (1958–1959). 

Mark Goddard as Marty Blair

Mark Goddard is an American film actor whose career began in 1959, when he was signed to appear in the CBS Four Star Television series "Johnny Ringo."  Born Charles Goddard, he changed his name to Mark at the suggestion of friend Chuck Connors.  Distinctive for his rugged good looks, he appeared in numerous television series over the next four decades, but especially in the 1960's and 70's.  Goddard made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Walt in "The Raid" and Marty Blair in "Mark's Rifle" (episode 150).  In a television series that aired for three years (1958-1961), Goddard played the role of Detective Chris Ballard in "The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor."  He is best-known for his role as Major Don West, long-suffering space partner and intemperate foil to the wily and conniving, but cowardly, Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris), in the hit 1960's cult television series, "Lost in Space."   He made a cameo appearance in the 1998 movie "Lost in Space," playing a superior officer to his former character, Major Don West.  In 2009 Goddard published his autobiography, To Space and Back.

Ralph Moody as Doc Burrage

Ralph Moody was an American actor who appeared in over 50 movies and 100 television shows.  Often cast in Westerns as indians, his many television credits include "The Lone Ranger" (1949 1950), "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" (1955–1959), "Dragnet" (1952 1959), "The Texan" (1959), "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1958–1961), "Perry Mason" (1958–1964), "Gunsmoke" (1959–1966), "Dragnet 1967" (1967–1970) and "Bonanza" (1960 1971).

Moody appeared in 12 episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Jonathan Dodd in "The Visitor" (episode 58), Roy Merrick in "The Spoiler" (episode 61), and Eban Muchen in "The Hangman" (episode 76).  Moody also played the recurring character of Doc Burrage in nine episodes, including "Six Years and a Day" (episode 91), "The Actress" (episode 94), "Dark Day at North Fork" (episode 100), "The Mescalero Curse" (episode 106), "Man From Salinas" (episode 130), "Quiet Night, Deadly Night" (episode 146), "Mark's Rifle" (episode 150), "Conflict" (episode 155), "Requiem at Mission Springs" (episode 164).

Eddie Quillan as Angus Evans, the Gunsmith

Eddie Quillan was an American actor whose career as a performer spanned more than 70 years.   Born in Philadelphia, his career began at age seven, first appearing in a vaudeville act, "The Rising Generation," with his siblings and later playing in a succession of silent films.  He had a natural gift for comedy and his vibrant personality and expressive face garnered Quillan mostly comedic parts and supporting roles.

Quillan's early film credits include "Big Money" (1930), "Girl Crazy" (1932), "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935), "Young Mr. Lincoln" (1939) and "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940).  His later comedic turns included "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (1965) and "How to Frame a Figg" (1971), both starring Don Knotts, and "Angel in My Pocket" (1969), starring Andy Griffith.  He appeared in scores of television shows, including "The Real McCoy," "Perry Mason," "The Addams Family," "Julia," "Mannix," "Lucas Tanner," "Here's Lucy," "Police Story," "Baretta," "Little House on the Prairie" and "Highway to Heaven."

Quillan appeared in THE RIFLEMAN twice in the fourth season playing Angus Evans, the Gunsmith—first in "Mark's Rifle" (episode 150), then in "Conflict" (episode 155).  He guest-starred in numerous other Westerns throughout much of his long career, including "Death Valley Days," "Gunsmoke," "The Guns of Will Sonnet," "Daniel Boone," "The Virginian," and "The Wild, Wild West."  Quillan made his last television appearance in Andy Griffith's show, "Matlock" in 1987.  He passed away in 1990.

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