Writer: Robert Lewin
Director: Arthur Nadel
Original Air Date 11/26/1962
Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain
Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance
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).
Sammy Davis, Jr. was an American entertainer who began performing at the age of three with his father and uncle in the vaudeville group, the Will Mastin Trio. Although regarded as a legendary singer and dancer, Davis appeared in more than 60 television shows and movies in a career spanning six decades. His association with the "Rat Pack," a group of actor/performers famously led by Davis, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, became the stuff of Hollywood legend, and various members appeared together sporadically in films from the late 1940s through the mid-1980s, notably "Ocean's Eleven" (1960). Davis was nominated for numerous awards in his lifetime, including a Tony award nomination for Best actor in the Broadway musical, "Golden Boy" (1964–1966). He also received many awards and honorifics, including the NAACP's Spingarn Medal (1968) and the NAACP Image Award (1989). He was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1987, and was awarded posthumously the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2001) and the Grammy Hall of Fame Award (2002).
Davis made two guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Tip Corey in "Two Ounces of Tin" (episode 131), and Wade Randall in "The Most Amazing Man" (episode 151). He guest-starred in "Lawman" (1958–1962), made a cameo appearance in "The Patty Duke Show" (1965), and also made episodic appearances in some of television's most iconic shows, including "Ben Casey" (1963), "I Dream of Jeannie" (1967), "All in the Family" (1972) and "The Cosby Show" (1989).
Richard Devon made seven guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying different characters in each episode. He played Jethroe in "Blood Brothers" (episode 35), Austin Stark in "The Spiked Rifle" (episode 49), Walt Ryerson in "The Grasshopper" (episode 63), Jack Adams in "Miss Milly" (episode 84), Ben Macowan in "The Silent Knife" (episode 89), Gus Potter in "The Stand-In" (episode 114), and Lovett, the Gunslinger, in "The Most Amazing Man" (episode 151).
Pat Henry was an American film and television actor, but he worked in the entertainment industry primarily as a comedian. He made guest appearances in variety and late night talk shows, including "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1948–1971), "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962–1992), "The Dean Martin Comedy Hour" (1965–1974) and "The Merv Griffin Show" (aired intermittently between 1962–1986) He also had a few film roles, including Mercidis in the crime drama "The Detective" (1968), and Rubin in the comedy "Lady in the Cement" (1968), both films starring Frank Sinatra. Henry made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying the hardware store merchant in "The Most Amazing Man" (episode 151).
Dapper little Wade Randall appears in North Fork, enchanting the youngsters with his knowledge of firearms and his hair-raising tales of gun battles with notorious bad men. Lucas suspects Randall may be more talk than truth, and when Randall is challenged to a shootout by the friend of a man Randall claims to have killed, Lucas notes his reluctance to accept the challenge. Lucas' friendly sympathy brings out the true story—Randall is only a poor railroad cook who has never been in a gunfight in his life. He's brave enough, however, to resist the temptation to sneak out of town and tells Lucas he's going to go through with the fight. Lucas solves the problem with an ingenious idea that prevents bloodshed on either side.