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Guilty Conscience
Episode 137
Writer: Cyril Hume
Director: Richard Donner
Original Air Date 04/02/1962


Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

Guest Cast
Bill Cerone as Mortimer, a Cowboy

Bill Cerone has just two screen credits: he appeared in the dramatic TV series, "Channing" (1963–1964) as Bob in the episode, "The Potato Bash World," and in THE RIFLEMAN as Mortimer in "Guilty Conscience" (episode 137).

Chubby Johnson as Old Man

Chubby Johnson, born Charles Rutledge Johnson, was an American film and television actor.  He appeared in more than 90 movies and television shows during a career spanning 25 years.  Prior to becoming an actor relatively late in life—in his 40s—Johnson worked as a journalist and radio announcer.  He became a recognizable character actor, known for his jovial disposition and folksy country accent, which made him well-suited to the western genre.  He had several film roles, including Cap'n Mello in the western "Bend of the River" (1952), starring James Stewart, Julie Adams and Rock Hudson, as well as a minor part in the western "High Noon" (1952), starring Gary Cooper.

Johnson guest-starred in several popular television series of the 1950s through the 70s, including the anthology series "Playhouse 90" (1956–1960), the family comedy "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960–1968), the macabre anthology series "Thriller" (1960–1962), the family drama "Lassie" (1954–1974) and the western action adventure "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1969).  He also had a few recurring roles, playing Jim Bell in the western "Sky King" (1951–1959) and Buzz the Salvage Man in the family comedy "Dennis the Menace" (1959–1963).

Johnson made three appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Kansas Sawyer in "The Horsetraders" (episode 60), Mr. Avery in "The Spoiler" (episode 61) and the old man in "Guilty Conscience" (episode 137).  He guest-starred in many other westerns, including "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond; "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen; "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring Jack Kelly and James Garner; awhide; "The Big Valley" (1965–1969), starring Barbara Stanwyck; "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness; and "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts.

Tommy Nolan as Hab Carreway

Tom Nolan, born Bernard Girouard, is a Canadian film and television actor, and also a writer.  He has appeared in more than 50 movies and television shows during a career spanning more than five decades.  He has written for several publications, including the "Los Angeles Times" and "Village Voice."

Nolan has had roles in various memorable films, including minor parts in the musical drama "A Star Is Born" (1954), starring Judy Garland and James Mason; the romantic drama "An Affair to Remember" (1957), starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr; the drama "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1989), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Mark Harmon and Valerie Perrine; and the superhero action drama "Batman Begins" (2005), starring Christian Bale, Micharl Caine, Ken Watanabe and Liam Neeson.   He also portrayed Johnnie Mulligan in the romantic comedy "Kiss Me, Stupid" (1964), starring Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston and Felicia Farr; he played Vic in the romantic drama "The Grasshopper" (1969), starring Jacqueline Bisset, Jim Brown and Joseph Cotten; and he was cast as Vance in the romantic comedy "Pretty Woman" (1990), starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.   Nolan guest-starred in several popular television shows of the 1950s and 60s, including the suspense anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955–1962), the family drama "Lassie" (1954–1974), the macabre anthology series "Thriller" (1960–1962) and the war drama "Combat!" (1962–1967).  He also had a recurring role as Judy O'Connell in the western "Buckskin" (1958–1959).

Nolan was a child actor when he made his appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, appearing in one episode as the character Hab Carreway in "Guilty Conscience" (episode 137).  He guest-starred in a few other westerns, including "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood, "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond, and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness.

Lee Patrick as Leota Carreway

Lee Patrick was an American film and television actress.  She appeared in more than 100 movies and television shows in a career spanning more than 45 years.  A veteran character actress, she played roles ranging from the "other woman" Maggie Biederhof in the noir film "Mildred Pierce" (1945), starring Joan Crawford, and the flinty Elvira Powell in the prison drama "Caged" (1950), co-starring Eleanor Parker and Agnes Moorehead, to the ditzy socialite Doris Uspon in the musical comedy "Auntie Mame" (1958).  Patrick is perhaps best-remember for her role as Henrietta Topper, wife of Cosmo Topper, played by Leo G. Caroll in the fantasy comedy series "Topper" (1953–1955).  Patrick guest-starred in the crime dramas "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), starring Robert Stack, and "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.  She made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Leota Carreway in "Guilty Conscience" (episode 137).  She also guest-starred in the western "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring Ward Bond and later John McIntire as the wagon master.

An aging Southern belle and her teenage son arrive in North Fork and immediately identify Marshal Torrance as her long-lost husband and father of the boy.  An astonished Micah denies all, but it takes Lucas' investigation and discovery of "Charming Billy," a gambler who looks exactly like Micah, to clear up the confusion.