Writer: Arthur Browne, Jr.
Director: Arnold Laven
Original Air Date 04/01/1963
Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain
Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance
Conlan Carter, born Chester Conlan Carter, is an American television and film actor. He has appeared in nearly 40 television shows and movies over a career spanning more than 25 years. Raised on a farm in rural Missouri, Carter attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau on an athletic scholarship. He then joined the United States Air Force and served two years, during which he developed a lifelong interest in flying. Following his military service, Carter went to San Francisco where he studied under Mara Alexander Gilbert at the Bay City Actor's Lab. He demonstrated great versatility as an actor, and played roles in genres ranging from crime dramas to action series to westerns. Among the handful of recurring characters, he portrayed C.E. Carruthers in "The Law and Mr. Jones" (1960–1962) and Doc in "Combat!" (1962–1967), a role for which he received a 1964 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor.
Carter made two guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Haslam Jackman in "Which Way Did They Go?" (episode 145) and reprising that role in "Lou Mallory" (episode 167), an episode that introduced new cast regular Patricia Blair. Carter also guest-starred in many of the iconic westerns of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including "Johnny Ringo" (1959–1960), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975) and "The Virginian" (1962–1971). He also appeared in many other popular series, including "Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), "Barnaby Jones" (1973–1980) and "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979–1985). Although he had a successful career in the entertainment industry, Carter eventually abandoned acting to pursue his dream of being a pilot.
John Craig, born Joseph Cline, Jr., is an American stage, film and television actor. He has appeared in more than 20 movies and television shows in a career spanning two decades. Among his notable credits, Craig guest-starred in an episode of the immensely popular family drama "Little House on the Prairie" (1974–1983). Craig made one guest appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Bo Jackman in "Which Way Did They Go?" (episode 167). He also guest-starred in the westerns "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962), "Wagon Train" (1957–1965) and "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood.
Leo Gordon was an American character actor of film and television, as well as a screenwriter. He had nearly 200 acting credits in a career spanning more than 50 years. Gordon had a rough start in life, raised in poverty during the Great Depression, serving in World War II and eventually being sentenced to a four-year prison term at the infamous San Quentin state prison in California for armed robbery. After serving time in prison, Gordon took advantage of the G.I. Bill and enrolled in acting classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. As an actor, Gordon was typecast as the brutish villain. He received the "Golden Boot Award" in 1997 for his contributions to the western genre. Gordon made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Abe Jordan in "The Angry Gun" (episode 12) and Stack Wade in "Which Way Did They Go?" (episode 167). In addition to THE RIFLEMAN, Gordon also guest-starred in "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" (1954–1959), "Frontier" (1955–1956) and "Cheyenne" (1955–1963).
Robert "Bobby" F. Hoy was an American film and television actor, as well as a director and stuntman. He appeared in more than 160 movies and television shows during a career spanning nearly 60 years. After serving in the United States Marines during World War II, Hoy decided to pursue a career in show business. He worked as a stunt double for many acclaimed actors, including Charles Bronson, Tony Curtis, Audie Murphy, Tyrone Power, Jay Silverheels and David Janssen. In 1961, Hoy co-founded the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures.
Hoy appeared in numerous films, often playing minor parts or doing stunt work, including the musical drama "A Star Is Born" (1954), starring Judy Garland and James Mason; the biographical war drama "To Hell and Back" (1955), starring Audie Murphy; Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of "Spartacus" (1960), starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons; the Blake Edwards adventure comedy "The Great Race" (1965), starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood; the westerns "Nevada Smith" (1966), starring Steve McQueen, and "The Gambler: The Adventure Continues" (1983), starring Kenny Rogers, as well as William A. Frakers "The Legend of the Lone Ranger" (1981). He appeared in several Clint Eastwood pictures, including "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and "The Enforcer" (both 1976) and "Bronco Billy" (1980)
Hoy guest-starred in many popular television shows, including the action adventure "Sea Hunt" (1958–1961), the anthology series "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (1954–1990), the crime drama "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), the war drama "Combat!" (1962–1967), the espionage thrillers "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964–1968) and "Mission: Impossible" (1966–1973), the science fiction cult classic "Star Trek" (1966–1969), the western action adventure "Kung Fu" (1972–1975), the police drama "The Streets of San Francisco" (1972–1977), the Aaron Spelling fantasy series "Fantasy Island" (1977–1984), the medical mystery "Quincy M.E." (1976–1983), the family drama "Little House on the Prairie" (1974–1983) and the primetime drama "Dallas" (1978–1991).
Hoy's most famous role was the recurring character of Joe Butler in the western series "The High Chaparral" (1967–1971). He made three appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Lester in "Woman from Hog Ridge" (episode 78), Dabbs in "The Promoter" (episode 87) and a member of Wade's gang in "Which Way Did They Go?" (episode 167). He guest-starred in many other westerns, the genre for which he was best-known and most fondly remembered, including "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone; "Zane Grey Theater" (1956–1961), starring Dick Powell; "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen; "Bat Masterson" (1958–1961), starring Gene Barry; "Branded" (1965–1966), starring THE RIFLEMAN's Chuck Connors; and "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts. Toward the end of his life, Hoy was honored with a Golden Boot Award by the Motion Picture and Television Fund for making significant contributions to the western genre. He made his final television appearance in the crime drama "NCIS" (2003– ).
Beatrice Kay was an American stage, radio, film and television actress, as well as a singer. She appeared in nearly 20 movies and television shows during a career spanning 30 years. She began acting in stock theater as a child, eventually going on to perform on the Broadway stage. She hosted her own radio show during the early 1940s. She was also a popular recording artist, known for "Mention My Name in Sheboygan" and "The Strawberry Blond." She made her film debut as Claire Williams in the musical "Diamond Horseshoe" (1945), starring Betty Grable and Phil Silvers. She had a few other film roles, including Sandy in the crime drama "Underworld U.S.A." (1961), also starring Cliff Robertson and Dolores Dorn.
Kay guest-starred in several popular television shows of the 1950s through the 70s, including the crime dramas "M Squad" (1957–1960), "Arrest and Trial" (1963–1964) and "Adam-12" (1968–1975), the private detective series "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964) and the anthology series "Rod Serling's Night Gallery" (1969–1972). She made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Goldie Drain in "Which Way Did They Go?" (episode 167). She also guest-starred in the western "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts.
Mickey Manners, born Solomon Shapiro, is an American actor who has worked primarily in television, in addition to being a singer, dancer and comedian. He has appeared in 20 movies and television shows during his 30-year career. He is often recognized for having been a regular panelist on the game show "Stump the Stars" (1947). He guest-starred in several popular television shows of the 1960s through the 90s, including the legal drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), the CBS sitcoms "The Lucy Show" (1962–1968) and "Murphy Brown" (1988–1998), the Buck Henry spy spoof, "Get Smart" (1965–1970), the World War II comedy "Hogan's Heroes" (1965–1971) and the variety show "The Red Skelton Show" (1951–1971). Manners also had a recurring role as Joe Foley in the comedy "Many Happy Returns" (1964–1965). He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Moss Jackman in "Which Way Did They Go?" (episode 167).
Dal McKennon, born Dallas Raymond McKennon, was an American television and voice actor. He appeared in nearly 180 television shows and shorts during a career spanning more than 50 years. He attended the University of Washington prior to enlisting in the Army Signal Corps during World War II, but when he segued into acting, he became a familiar face on-screen. His tall, gangly stature and unruly beard made him an easily recognizable character actor, and his voice was so malleable, he could contort it to play any kind of character. McKennon is best-known for his voice work, having brought to life many iconic characters, including Woody Woodpecker's arch nemesis, Buzz Buzzard, and also Q.T. Hush, Gumby, Tintin, and many of the voices in the "Archie" cartoons. His voice also can be heard in various Disney theme park attractions, as well as movies, including "Mary Poppins" (1964) and "Lady and the Tramp" (1955). Among his film roles, he played small parts in the Alfred Hitchcock suspense thriller "The Birds" (1963) and the Elvis Presley vehicle "Clambake" (1967).
McKennon guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1950s through the 70s, including the crime dramas "Dragnet" (1951–1959) and "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), the sitcoms "My Three Sons" (1960–1972) and "My Favorite Martian" (1963–1966), the medical drama "Ben Casey" (1961–1966) and the detective series "Cannon" (1971–1976).
McKennon often portrayed the villain in westerns and once quipped, "I specialized in barn-burnings." He made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Judge Hopkins in "The Bullet" (episode 163) and Judge Moze in "Which Way Did They Go" (episode 167). He guest-starred in several other western series, including "Laramie" (1959–1963), starring John Smith and Robert Fuller, "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness, "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury, "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond, "The Big Valley" (1965–1969), starring Barbara Stanwyck, and "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts. He also had a recurring role as Cincinnatus, the tavern owner, in "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970), starring Fess Parker.
Vito Scotti was an American actor who appeared in more than 200 film and television programs spanning 46 years. He was born into an Italian family and spent his childhood in Naples. His career as a performer began playing in night clubs. His first film role (uncredited) was in "Illegal Entry" (1949). Scotti became well-known as a versatile character actor—a man with a thousand faces. Equally adept playing comedic and dramatic parts, he frequently was cast in ethnic roles. Scotti appeared in four episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Alphonso in the two-part program "Waste" (episodes 143 and 144), Soto in "The Sixteenth Cousin" (episode 159), and Marcello Chabini in "Which Way Did They Go?" (episode 167).
Peter Whitney was an American television and film actor whose large frame and heavy-set, swarthy appearance brought him many roles playing villainous characters in his early career. Later, as a character actor, he made frequent appearances in television series, particularly the western genre. Among his film credits, he appeared in "In the Heat of the Night" (1967), "The Great Bank Robbery" (1969), and "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" (1970). Whitney made nine appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Tracey Blanch in "Eddie's Daughter" (episode 46), John Jupiter in "Mail Order Groom" (episode 56), Andrew Bechtel in "Heller" (episode 62), Otto Drosheck in "Strange Town" (episode 81), Vince Fergus in "The Queue" (episode 110), John Holliver in "Long Gun from Tucson" (episode 121), Neb Jackman in 'Lou Mallory" (episode 145) and "Which Way Did They Go?" (episode 167), and Vantine in "Gun Shy" (episode 153).
The Jackman family, a hilarious group of hillbillies, are installed as peace officers in a town near North Fork. When these inept gun handlers are confronted by a real life bank robbing gang, their old friend Lucas helps them deal with the outlaws and retain their jobs.