Writer: Calvin J. Clements
Director: Arthur Nadel
Original Air Date 01/07/1963
Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain
Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance
John Anderson was an American actor who had a prolific career in both film and television spanning four decades. He appeared in over 500 roles in film and television, frequently appearing in recurring roles, including in "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964). Anderson is perhaps best remembered for his television role as Harry Jackson, MacGyver's grandfather, in the popular Richard Dean Anderson series. Anderson portrayed President Abraham Lincoln twice, in "The Lincoln Conspiracy" (1977) and in the series "The Voyagers!" (1980), and he portrayed President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1979 mini-series "Backstairs at the White House." Among his many film roles, he appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic horror film, "Psycho," Sam Peckinpah's 1962 iconic western, "Ride the High Country," John Sturges's 1965 western spoof, "The Hallelujah Trail," and John Sayles' 1988 chronicles of baseball's 1919 World Series scandal, "Eight Men Out." Anderson also co-starred with Chuck Connors in the 1962 film, "Geronimo."
Anderson made eleven guest appearances in all five seasons of THE RIFLEMAN, playing a different character in each episode. He portrayed Owny in "The Retired Gun" (episode 17), Chet Packard in "Shivaree" (episode 19), Eli Flack in "The Hawk" (episode 29), Sully Hobbs in "The Patsy" (episode 41) , Cass Callicott in "Day of the Hunter" (episode 55), Jess in "Mail Order Groom" (episode 56), John Beaumont in "Shotgun Man" (episode 69), Hank Clay in "Face of Yesterday" (episode 95), Will Temple in "The Journey Back" (episode 115), John Gangling in "Incident At Line Shack Six" (episode 156), and Sam Gibbs in "Old Man Running" (episode 166).
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).
Raymond Guth is an American film, television and voice actor. He has appeared in nearly 80 movies and television shows in a career spanning more than 50 years. He has had bit parts in several well-received films, including the fertilizer man in the comedy "The Flim-Flam Man" (1967), starring George C. Scott and Sue Lyon; Uncle Ike in the comedy-drama based on the novel by William Faulkner, "The Reivers" (1969), starring Steve McQueen; Jackson in the western drama "Bad Company" (1972), starring a young Jeff Bridges; the night watchman in the comedy "Silver Streak" (1976), starring Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor and Jill Clayburgh; and the motel clerk in the comedy drama "Some Kind of Hero" (1982), starring Richard Pryor. Guth has guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1950s through the 80s, including the police action series "Highway Patrol" (1955–1959), the adventure series "Route 66" (1960–1964), the crime drama "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), the legal drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), the sci-fi thriller "The Invaders" (1967–1968), the family comedy "Happy Days" (1974–1984), and the long-running family drama "Little House on the Prairie" (1974–1983). In recent years, Guth has been working in the video games industry, lending his voice to the critically acclaimed titles "Jade Empire" (2005), "Bioshock" (2007) and "Bioshock 2" (2010).
Guth made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Charley Breen in "Incident at Line Shack Six" (episode 156). He also guest-starred in many others westerns of the 1960s and 70s, including "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), "Laramie" (1959–1963), "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), "The Virginian" (1962–1971), "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970), "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975), "Alias Smith and Jones" (1971–1973), and "Bonanza" (1959–1973).
Claude Hall is an American film and television actor, as well as a one-time screenwriter. He has appeared in 16 movies and television shows in a career of just one decade. He had various uncredited roles in movies featuring iconic stars, including the drama "Ada" (1961), starring Susan Hayward and Dean Martin, the musicals "State Fair" (1962), starring Pat Boone and Ann-Margret, and "Viva Las Vegas" (1964), starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret, and the drama "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965), starring Steve McQueen and Ann-Margret. He was also the screenwriter for the western film "The Devil's Bedroom" (1964). In television, virtually all of his notable credits were in the western genre. He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Jeb Croton in "Incident at Line Shack Six" (episode 156). He also guest-starred in several other westerns of the 1950s through the 70s, including "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood, "Branded" (1965–1966), starring THE RIFLEMAN's Chuck Connors, "The Big Valley" (1965–1969), starring Barbara Stanwyck, "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts, "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970), starring Fess Parker, and "The Guns of Will Sonnett" (1967–1969), starring Walter Brennan and Dack Rambo.
Ray Kellogg was an American film and television actor. He appeared in nearly 100 movies and television shows during a career spanning 30 years. He had roles in several memorable films, including a minor part in the adventure comedy "The Court Jester" (1956), starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone and Angela Lansbury; and Harry Joseph in the musical comedy "The Music Man" (1962), starring Robert Preston, Shirley Jones and Buddy Hackett. He guest-starred in many popular television shows, including the classic family sitcom "I Love Lucy" (1951–1957), the Lloyd Bridges adventure series "Sea Hunt" (1958–1961), the crime drama "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), the classic family comedy "Leave It to Beaver" (1957–1963), the courtroom drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), Rod Serling's iconic anthology series "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), the western action adventure series "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1969), the Buck Henry spy spoof "Get Smart" (1965–1970), the macabre family comedy "The Addams Family" (1964–1966), the adventure drama "The Fugitive" (1963–1967) and the variety show "The Red Skelton Hour" (1951–1971).
Kellogg made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Vale Cornton in "Incident at Line Shack 6" (episode 156). He guest-starred in several other westerns, including "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond; "Bat Masterson" (1958–1961), starring Gene Barry; "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961), starring Hugh O'Brian; and "The Deputy" (1959–1961), starring Henry Fonda.
Paul Mantee, born Paul Marianetti, is an American actor who has worked primarily in television, especially in crime dramas and related genre. He has appeared in more than 100 movies and television shows during a career spanning 40 years. He studied journalism at San Mateo Junior College in California and enlisted in the US Navy during the Korean War. Mantee got his first acting break when he was cast to play the lead role of Cmdr. Christopher "Kit" Draper in the science fiction film classic "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" (1964), also starring Victor Lundin and Adam West. It would prove to be the role for which he is most well-known. Among his other film characters were the doctor in the semi-biographical martial arts film "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" (1993), starring Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly and Robert Wagner; the reporter in the drama "Apollo 13" (1995), starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris and Kathleen Quinlan; and General Willard in "Memorial Day" (1998).
Mantee guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1950s through the 90s, including the crime dramas "Dragnet" (1951–1959), "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), "Ironside" (1967–1975) and "Kojak" (1973–1978), the medical dramas "Ben Casey" (1961–1966) and "Dr. Kildare" (1961–1966), the campy superhero action series "Batman" (1966–1968), the adventure drama "The Fugitive" (1963–1967), the espionage series "I Spy" (1965–1968) and "Mission: Impossible" (1966–1973), the CBS detective series "Cannon" (1971–1976) and "Mannix" (1967–1975), the crime drama anthology series "Police Story" (1973–1978), the police drama "The Streets of San Francisco" (1972–1977), the action adventure series "The A-Team" (1983–1987) and the mystery series "Murder, She Wrote" (1984–1996). He also played several recurring roles, including Det. Al Corassa in the police procedural "Cagney and Lacey" (1982–1988) and Cmdr. Clayton in the police drama "Hunter" (1984–1991). He made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Cade Conway in "Assault" (episode 102) and John Wing in "Incident at Line Shack Six" (episode 156). He also guest-starred in the westerns "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), "The Virginian" (1962–1971), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), and "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970). Mantee has written two novels, "In Search of the Perfect Ravioli" (1991) and "Bruno of Hollywood" (1994).
Dale Wright made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Dave Croton in "Incident at Line Shack 6" (episode 156).
A murder occurs at a railroad camp near North Fork, and a young Indian friend of Lucas' is accused of the killing. When Lucas tries to help the boy, he finds himself on trial and threatened with hanging for aiding and abetting a fugitive.