Writer: David Victor and Herbert Little
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Original Air Date 02/03/1959
Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain
Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance
Luana Anders, born Luana Margo Anderson, was an American television and film actress. Over a 40-year acting career, Anders had more than 30 film and over 300 television credits. She got her start in low-budget B-movies, appearing in mostly forgettable pictures, but a few iconic ones in the genre, including Roger Corman's "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1961) and Francis Ford Coppola's "Dementia 13" (1962). A contemporary of Jack Nicholson, she co-starred with him in several pictures including "Easy Rider" (1969), "The Last Detail" (1973), "Missouri Breaks" (1976) and "Goin' South" (1978). Nicholson later acknowledged her in his Academy Award acceptance speech for Best Actor in "As Good as it Gets" (1997). Anders also appeared in the "Chinatown" sequel, "The Two Jakes" (1990). Anders made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Lisabeth Bishop in "Shivaree" (episode 19). In addition to THE RIFLEMAN, she also made appearances in "The Restless Gun" (1957–1959), "Lawman" (1958–1962) and "Bonanza" (1959–1973).
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).
Morris Ankrum, born Morris Nussbaum, was a character actor in American radio, television and film. He appeared in more than 250 roles during a career spanning 30 years. Although he began his career in academia, Ankrum eventually made his way into acting via the drama department at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught drama and acting at the Pasadena Playhouse prior to signing with Paramount Pictures in the 1930s. He is best-remembered for his work in the western and science-fiction genres. He is also recognized for his recurring role as the Judge in the television crime drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966). Ankrum made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Aaron Pelser in "Shivaree" (episode 19) and Jacob Black in "The Actress" (episode 94). In addition to THE RIFLEMAN, Ankrum appeared in the TV westerns, "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" (1954–1959), "Lawman" (1958–1962) and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975).
William Bryant was an American actor who appeared in over 200 film and television roles in a career spanning 45 years. He made four guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying different characters in each episode. He played Sandy in "The Apprentice Sheriff" (episode 11), Jerry in "Shivaree" (episode 19), Karl Hollis in "Gunfire" (episode 126), and Trooper Coley in "The Assailants" (episode 149).
Paul Carr made four guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying different characters in each episode. He played Derek Hanaway in "Shivaree" (episode 19), Garth Healey in "The Woman" (episode 32), Fred Harris in "Letter of the Law" (episode 50), and Doug Carter in "Smoke Screen" (episode 68).
Edgar Dearing was a prolific American film and television actor who spent much of his career typecast as a motorcycle cop. He began acting during the silent era, appearing in more than 330 movies and television shows during his 40-year career. Many of his roles were uncredited. Dearing is perhaps most fondly remembered for his portrayal of a motorcycle policeman in the Laurel and Hardy film "Two Tars" (1928), but he also guest-starred in many television shows, including "Thriller" (1960–1962), the crime drama meets gothic horror series hosted by Boris Karloff, and Rod Serling's sci-fi anthology series, "Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), as well as the westerns "Hopalong Cassidy" (1952–1954), starring William Boyd, "The Gene Autry Show" (1950–1956) and "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962). Dearing made one guest appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying the justice of the peace in "Shivaree" (episode 19).
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.
A young couple traveling on a wagon train causes trouble for the whole town of North Fork. The boy and girl are eloping, with plans to wed at his parents' home in Utah. The wagon master on the train intervenes in their flight in North Fork. The townsfolk decides to give the couple an old fashioned shivaree celebration, but the drunken crowd gets out of hand and roughs up the bride-to-be, prompting the young groom to challenge them with a rifle. It is left to Lucas, who has been sympathetic toward the young pair and their plight, to prevent bloodshed.