Writer: Arthur Weiss
Director: Arnold Laven
Original Air Date 12/23/1958
Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain
Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance
Allen Case was an American actor who grew up in Dallas, Texas. He attended Southern Methodist University for two years and went on to have a career in television from 1958 to 1982. With more than 30 television credits, he was frequently cast in cowboy roles. His acting career began performing on a local TV variety program. After several months, he moved to New York and successfully tried out for a singing spot on Arthur Godfrey's morning show. His stint on Godfrey's show led to several nightclub engagements and parts in two Broadway-bound musicals, "Reuben, Reuben" and "Pleasure Dome," both of which closed out of town. More work followed in nightclubs and on Broadway, as well as an occasional return to the Arthur Godfrey show, as well an appearance on Jack Parr.
Case had a small part in the 1958 movie version of "Damn Yankees," which brought him to California and led to roles in a succession of western genre series, including "Bronco," "Wagon Train," "Gunsmoke," "Have Gun Will Travel" and "Sugarfoot". He appeared in one episode of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Jeremy Ashford in "The Young Englishman" (episode 13). Case returned to New York to appear in an off-Broadway production of "Once Upon a Mattress," and from there went on to co-star with Henry Fonda in the TV series "The Deputy," for which he is best remembered.
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).
Ted de Corsia was an American radio, television and film actor. Over the course of a career spanning 25 years, Corsia garnered nearly 200 credits as an actor. He is often remembered for his role as a gangster in "The Enforcer" (1951). Indeed, the role typifies much of Corsia's acting career, in which he was typecast as a villain and, more often than not, a gangster.
De Corsia spent many of his early years working in the film industry. He made his debut in Orson Welles' "The Lady from Shanghai" (1947). Around this time, Corsia also acted in "The Naked City (1948), "The Big Combo" (1955), "The Killing" (1956), "Slightly Scarlet" (1956) and "Baby Face Nelson" (1957), consistently reprising his role as the villain.
DeCorsia made one appearance on THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Norv Waggoner in "Young Englishman" (episode 13). In addition to THE RIFLEMAN, Corsia also made appearances on "The Restless Gun" (1957–1959), "Tales of the Texas Rangers" (1955–1959) and "Lawman" (1958–1962).
Dick Rich was an American television and film actor who appeared in nearly 200 movies (many uncredited) and television shows during a three-decade career. He portrayed Dorcas' father in the musical western "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954), starring Jane Powell, Howard Keel and Russ Tamblyn. He also played minor parts in several films, including the biographical romance "The Adventures of Marco Polo" (1936), starring Gary Cooper, Sigrid Gurie and Basil Rathbone; the film adaption of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940), starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and John Carradine; the western musical comedy "Belle of the Yukon" (1944), starring Randolph Scott, Gypsy Rose Lee and Dinah Shore; and the musical drama "Jailhouse Rock" (1957), starring Elvis Presley.
Rich guest-starred in several popular television shows of the 1950s and 60s, including the superhero series "Adventures of Superman" (1952–1958), the legal drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966) and the Disney adventure series "Zorro" (1957–1959). He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Line Boss in "The Young Englishman" (episode 12). He guest-starred in many other westerns, including "The Lone Ranger" (1949–1957), "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), "Zane Grey Theater" (1956–1961), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), "The Deputy" (1959–1961), "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961) and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975).
Lucas and Mark McCain find some of their cattle missing and trace them to a nearby ranch run by a young nobleman who arrived recently from England. Lucas goes to see the young man who greets him with cool detachment, which in turn emboldens the nobleman's foreman in his cattle rustling. Failing to get any cooperation, Lucas begins looking in the Englishman's herd for his stolen cattle and finds himself the foreman's target in a vicious gun battle. A surprise change of heart by the Englishman helps Lucas win command of the showdown.