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Episode 157
Writer: Jay Simms
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Original Air Date 01/14/1963


Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

Guest Cast
Patricia Blair as Lou Mallory, Owner of the General Store and the Madera House Hotel
Patricia Blair as Lou Mallory with Chuck Connors a

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). 

William Fawcett as Pyrite Rand

William Fawcett, born William Fawcett Thomas, was a prolific American film and television actor.  He appeared in more than 50 movies and 200 television shows in a career spanning more than 35 years.  Prior to becoming an actor, Fawcett was ordained as a minister, and he obtained a Ph.D. in Elizabethan drama from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, then went on to become the Professor of Theatre at Michigan State University.  In the mid-1940s he embarked on an acting career full-time.  He guest-starred in many popular TV shows, including guest-starring roles in the classic family comedy of the 1950s, "Leave It to Beaver" (1957–1963), starring Jerry Mathers, the crime dramas "Dragnet" (1951–1959), starring Jack Webb, "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., "Perry Mason" (1957–1966) and "Ironside" (1967–1975), both starring Raymond Burr, the mystery action series "Peter Gunn" (1958–1961), starring Craig Stevens, Rod Serling's iconic anthology series, "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), and the adventure series "The Fugitive" (1963–1967), starring David Janssen.  Most of Fawcett's film appearances were uncredited bit parts.

Fawcett made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Mr. Newman in "Lost Treasure of Canyon Town" (episode 99) and Pyrite Rand in "Suspicion" (episode 157).  Fawcett guest-starred in dozens of other westerns, often appearing multiple times as different characters.  Among the many westerns in which he appeared were "The Lone Ranger" (1949–1957), starring Clayton Moore, "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone, "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen, "The Deputy" (1959–1961), starring Henry Fonda, "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961), starring Hugh O'Brian, "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), starring Clint Walker, "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring James Garner, "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood, "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring Ward Bond and later John McIntire, "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970), starring Fess Parker, "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts and Michael Landon, "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness, and "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury and Doug McClure.

Joe Higgins as Nils Swenson
Joe Higgins as Nils Swenson

Joe Higgins was an American actor working primarily in television and commercials from the 1960's through the 1980's.  His acting career began at age nine and while attending the University of Dayton in Ohio, he worked in radio.  He became a prolific character actor who often portrayed a sheriff in commercials, public service announcements and in print ads.  He won the CLIO award on two occasions for his acting in commercials.  His portrayal as a sheriff, "You in a heap o' trouble, boy!," in a series of memorable Dodge car commercials in the 1970's became his iconic signature role.

Higgins appeared in four episodes of THE RIFLEMAN playing different characters, and he played the semi-regular character, Nils Swenson, the Blacksmith, in 16 episodes.  He played recurring roles on other television series in addition to THE RIFLEMAN, including "Arrest and Trial" and later, he co-starred again with Chuck Connors in "Flipper" and "Geronimo."

William "Billy" Hughes as Gridley Maule

William "Billy" Hughes, born William Eugene Hughes, was an American actor who worked primarily in television.  Both his father Bill, Sr. and his uncle Whitey were stuntmen.  He appeared in 25 movies and television shows during a two-decade career, which began when he was barely ten playing an uncredited role in the Mickey Rooney crime comedy "The Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed" (1958).  He played the leading role as a runaway in the western "Ole Rex" (1961) and portrayed the oldest sibling Joe in a family of orphans in the Debbie Reynolds comedy "My Six Loves (1963).  Toward the end of his career, he had an uncredited stunt role in the Sam Peckinpah film "The Wild Bunch" (1969), and in his final film role, he appeared in the obscure western drama "Smoke in the Wind" (1975).

Hughes guest-starred in several popular television shows, including the family comedy "Leave It to Beaver" (1957–1963), the medical drama "Dr. Kildare" (1961–1966), Rod Serling's iconic anthology series "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), the crime drama "Arrest and Trial" (1963–1964), the private detective series "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964) and the family drama "Lassie" (1954–1974).

As a young teenager, Hughes made three appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Aaron in "Day of Reckoning" (episode 71), Jeffrey Waller in "The Long Gun from Tuscon" (episode 121) and Gridley Maule in "The Sidewinder" (episode 158).  Reportedly, the part he played in "The Sidewinder" was one of his favorite roles.  He guest-starred in several other westerns, sometimes making multiple appearances, including "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness; "Laramie" (1959–1963), starring John Smith and Robert Fuller; and "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond.

Kevin McCarthy as Winslow Quince
Kevin McCarthy as Winslow Quince in Suspicion

Kevin McCarthy was an American stage, film and television actor whose prolific career spanned more than six decades.  Brother of renowned author, Mary McCarthy, he made his Broadway debut in 1938 in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" and appeared in 18 theatrical productions throughout his career, notably, portraying Harry S. Truman in "Give 'Em Hell Harry," which toured the United States for two decades.  McCarthy appeared in over 200 film and television roles.  His portrayal of Biff in the 1951 film adaptation of "Death of a Salesman" garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and won him a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year, Actor.  His best-known role was Dr. Miles Bennell in the 1956 science fiction horror classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."  The iconic film was selected for the National Film Registry in 1994 and in 2008 was named one of the Top 10 science fiction films of all time by the American Film Institute.  In later years, he embraced the cult camp status of the picture and his role in it, even making a cameo appearance in the 1976 remake of the "Body Snatchers."  

McCarthy made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Mark Twain in "The Shattered Idol" (episode 120) and Winslow Quince in "Suspicion" (episode 157).  He continued to work until the year before his death at age 96—his last screen appearances were in two 2009 releases, the 18th century period film, "Wesley," and the short comedy film "I Do."

Bill Quinn as Sweeney, the Bartender
Bill Quinn as Sweeney, the Bartender

Bill Quinn was an American actor whose early career began in the 1920's in silent films and ended with the 1989 science fiction film, "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier."  Perhaps, his best-known role was Mr. Ranseleer, Archie Bunker's blind friend in "All In The Family" (1971-1978).  He also was a regular character in the Carroll O'Connor spin-off, "Archie Bunker's Place."  Quinn's other television credits include roles in "The Odd Couple" (1970-1975), "McHale's Navy" (1962-1966), and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-1977), in which he play Mary Richard's father.  In 1971, he appeared in Universal Pictures' "How to Frame a Figg" starring Don Knotts.  Quinn was a regular character in THE RIFLEMAN, appearing in 40 episodes as Sweeney, the Owner/Bartender of the North Fork Saloon.

Lucas and Mark find Winslow Quince stranded in the desert with a broken wheel on his wagon and help him to get to North Fork.  On the trip, it develops that Quince is a sign painter by trade, and an amusing old eccentric who tells tall tales.  After arriving in town, Quince attracts attention by lavishly dispensing gifts from his wagon stock and by paying for purchases with new gold coins.  Back in town, Lucas learns of a series of cold-blooded murders and robberies, and the descriptions of the loot match some of the fancy gifts Quince has been giving away.  The townsfolk are incensed and ready to lynch Quince on this circumstantial evidence, but Lucas demands further proof and eventually saves the innocent Quince.