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The Second Witness
Episode 23
Writer: Judy George and George W. George
Director: Lewis Allen
Original Air Date 03/03/1959


Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

Guest Cast
Edgar Buchanan as Doc Burrage
Edgar Buchanan as Doc Burrage

Edgar Buchanan was an American character actor who appeared in over 100 films and dozens of television series, including several long-lived sitcoms.  In a career spanning four decades, he played grizzled, gravelly-voiced characters and was frequently cast in westerns.  His most well-known and lovable character was Uncle Joe Carson, who appeared in all 222 episodes of "Petticoat Junction," (1963-1970), 17 episodes of "Green Acres" (1965-1969), and, in 1968, three episodes of "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962-1971).  In his last role, the 1974 film "Benji," he co-starred with the dog (Higgins) from his stint on "Petticoat Junction."  Buchanan made six appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Grandpa Fogerty in "The Long Goodbye" (Episode 119) and the recurring character of Doc Burrage in five, including "The Pet" (episode 15), "The Second Witness" (episode 23), "The Trade" (episode 24), "The Deadly Wait" (episode 26), and "The Angry Man" (episode 31).

Bill Catching as Tom Williamson

Bill Catching, born Jerome P. Catching, was an American film and television actor, and also a stuntman.  He appeared in nearly 80 movies and television shows and in a career spanning almost 30 years.  He made guest-starred in numerous popular TV series of the 1950s and 60s, including several appearances in the crime drama series "Boston Blackie" (1951–1953), the Ann Francis detective series, "Honey West" (1966) and the David Carradine series, "Kung Fu" (1974).  Catching is most recognizable for his many appearances in virtually every major western of the 50s and 60s, frequently making multiple appearances in different roles, including "The Cisco Kid" (1950–1956), "The Roy Rogers Show" (1951–1957), "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickock" (1951–1958), "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961), "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975) and "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1966).  He made one guest appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Tom Williamson in "The Second Witness" (episode 23).   In 1994, he received the Golden Boot award for his significant contributions to the western genre.

Robert Crawford as Freddy

Robert Crawford is an American film and television actor who has appeared in two dozen movies and television shows in a little more than a decade.  He has often been credited as "Bobby" Crawford.  A fairly versatile actor, Crawford has made guest appearances in the Disney family adventure series "Zorro" (1957–1959), starring Guy Williams; the crime drama "Dragnet" (1951–1959), starring Jack Webb; and the war drama "Combat!" (1962–1967), starring Vic Morrow.  He also played a few recurring roles, including Andy Sherman in the western "Laramie" (1959–1963) and Detective Phil Burns in the crime drama "Manhunt" (1959–1961).  Crawford guest-starred in three episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying a schoolboy in "Eight Hours to Die" (episode 6), Bobby in "The Gaucho" (episode 14) and Freddy Toomey in "The Second Witness" (episode 23).  He also made guest appearances in the westerns "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood, "Cheyenne" (1955–1963) and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975).

Fritz Ford as Deputy Carl [uncredited]

Fritz Ford, born Fred Apking, was an American stuntman and actor.  Between his stunt work and acting credits, Ford appeared in nearly 70 movies and television shows during a career spanning 30 years.  He provided stunt work for several films, including the war drama "The Desert Rats" (1953), starring Richard Burton, James Mason and Robert Newton; the sci-fi adventure film "Planet of the Apes" (1962), starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Maurice Evans; and the sci-fi drama "Soylent Green" (1973), starring Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe and Leigh Taylor-Young.  He also appeared in several films as an actor, including minor parts in the noir film "The Big Heat" (1953), starring Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame; and the sci-fi thriller "Seconds" (1966), starring Rock Hudson; as well as the role of Murray in the horror film "Damien: Omen II" (1975), starring William Holden and Lee Grant.

Ford guest-starred in a variety of popular television shows of the 1960s, including the crime drama "Arrest and Trial" (1963–1964), the espionage thriller "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964–1968), the superhero parody "Batman" (1966–1968), the espionage series "I Spy" (1965–1968) and the sci-fi series "V" (1984–1985).

Ford made six appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Mr. Jones [stunt double for Chuck Connors; uncredited] in "The Safeguard" (episode 8), Deputy Carl [uncredited] in "The Second Witness" (episode 23), Townsman in "The Angry Man" (episode 31), and Second Cowboy in "Ordeal" (episode 48).  He made uncredited appearances in "The Apprentice Sheriff" (episode 11) and "The Sheridan Story" (episode 16).

Robert Foulk as Toomey the Blacksmith
Robert Foulk as Toomey the Blacksmith

Robert Foulk was an American actor who made over 200 appearances in film and television in the 1950's through the 1970's.  He also worked as a dialogue coach in his early career.  He was frequently cast in Westerns, including "Last of the Badmen" (1957), "The Tall Stranger" (1957), "The Left-Handed Gun" (1958), and "Cast a Long Shadow" (1958).   He played the recurring role of the Bartender in Joel McCrea's "Witchita Man" (1959) and the next door neighbor in "Father Knows Best" (1955-1959).  Foulk made five appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Toomey the Blacksmith in "The Second Witness" (episode 23), "Three Legged Terror" (episode 30) and "Outlaw's Inheritance" (episode 38).  He played two different characters, Johannson in "The Raid" (episode 37) and Herbert Newman in "The Lost Treasure of Canyon Town" (episode 99).

William "Bill" Meigs as Deputy Phil Rogers

William "Bill" Meigs was an American television and film actor.  He appeared in 19 movies and television shows during a 30-year career.  Among a handful of film roles, he had uncredited parts in the classic western "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (1957), starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, and the sci-fi horror "The Navy Vs. the Night Monsters" (1966), starring Mamie Van Doren.  He played Capt. Rand Treadway in "The Glory Guys" (1965), a feature produced by Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions, directed by Arnold Laven and Sam Peckinpah (uncredited), and starring Harve Presnell and a young James Caan.  He guest-starred in a few popular television shows, including the crime drama "Barnaby Jones" (1973–1980).  Meigs made three appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Colonel Cushman in "The Sheridan Story" (episode 16), Deputy Phil Rogers in "The Second Witness" (episode 23) and Sam Benson in "The Anvil Chorus" (episode 154).  He also guest-starred in the westerns "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), starring Clint Walker, and "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone.

Michael Pate as Brad Davis
Michael Pate

Michael Pate, born Edward John Pate, was an Australian character actor of radio, film and television, as well as an accomplished writer, director and producer.  He appeared in more than 160 movies and television shows during his 55-year career.  Prior to acting, Pate worked as a writer and broadcaster for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, collaborating with George Ivan Smith on "Youth Speaks."  He spent the latter part of the 1930s working primarily in radio drama.  He also worked as a theatrical and literary critic, in addition to enjoying brief success as an author of short stories.  When World War II broke out, Pate enlisted in the Australian Army and served with the South West Pacific Area command.  As part of the 1st Australian Army Amenities Entertainment Unit, known as "The Islanders," he entertained Australian troops in various combat areas.

After the war ended, Pate not only resumed his work in radio, but ventured into films.  He had his first leading role in the adventure drama "Sons of Matthew" (1949), in which he portrayed Shane O'Riordan.  His other endeavors included adapting, producing and directing the plays "Dark of the Moon" and "Bonaventure" in 1950.  Later that year, he appeared in the American adaptation of "Bonaventure" for Universal Pictures, entitled "Thunder on the Hill" (1951), in which he performed opposite Claudette Colbert and Ann Blyth.  He appeared in many other films, portraying Browning in the action comedy "Ten Tall Men" (1951), starring Burt Lancaster; Talon in the horror film "The Strange Door" (1951), starring Charles Laughton and Borris Karloff; Flavius in the historical drama "Julius Caesar" (1953), starring Marlon Brando, James Mason and John Gielgud; Vittorio the Chiricahua Apache Chief in the action drama "Hondo" (1953), starring John Wayne; Sir Locksley in the adventure comedy "The Court Jester" (1956), starring Danny Kaye; Sir Ratcliffe in the historical drama "Tower of London" (1962), in which he had a starring role opposite Vincent Price; Lt. Reginald Evans in the biographical war drama "PT 109" (1963), starring Cliff Robertson; and Sierra Charriba in the Sam Peckinpah war film "Major Dundee" (1965), starring Charlton Heston and Richard Harris.  Later in his career, Pate wrote and directed the internationally acclaimed film adaptation of Colleen McCullough's "Tim" (1979), starring Piper Laurie and Mel Gibson, which garnered him the Best Screenplay Award from the Australian Writers Guild.

Pate guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1950s through the 90s, including the mystery action series "Peter Gunn" (1958–1961), the crime dramas "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964) and "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), the adventure series "Route 66" (1960–1964), the long-running family drama "Lassie" (1954–1974), the espionage adventure "The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968), the campy superhero series "Batman" (1966–1968), the western action adventure "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1969), and the espionage thriller "Mission: Impossible" (1966–1973).  He also had several recurring TV roles, including Salvador Quintana in the Disney adventure series "Zorro" (1957–1959); Chief Crazy Horse in "Branded" (1965–1966), starring THE RIFLEMAN's Chuck Connors; Chief Vittoro in the western "Hondo" (1967); and Detective Sgt. Vic Maddern in the drama "Matlock Police" (1971–1976).

Pate made five appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Xavier in "New Orleans Menace" (episode 10), Brad Davis in "The Second Witness" (episode 23), Pete Morgan in "The Visitor" (episode 58), Mogollan in "The Mescalero Curse" (episode 106), Sanchez in "The Executioner" (episode 132).  He guest-starred in nearly all of the other notable westerns of the 1950s through 70s, including "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" (1954–1959), "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961)

Hope Summers as Hattie Denton, Owner of the General Store
Hope Summers as Hattie Denton, Owner of the Genera

Hope Summers was an American actress of the stage, radio, film and television.  Her acting career began in the 1930's, when she worked primarily in community and stock theater and radio.  Her career was most active in the 1950's and 1960's, when she appeared in numerous films and television shows.   Her film credits include "Zero Hour!" (1957), "Inherit the Wind" (1960), "Spencer's Mountain" (1963), "The Hallelujah Trail" (1965), "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (1966), "The Shakiest Gun in the West" (1968), "Rosemary's Baby" (1968), "Charley Varrick" (1973) and her last movie, "Foul Play" (1978).

Summers began working in television in the 1950's, guest-starring in a wide variety of genres, but especially Westerns.  Her television credits include "The Loretta Young Show" (1956–1959), "Maverick" (1957) and "Wagon Train" (1957), "Gunsmoke" (1958–1963), "Dennis the Menace" (1959), "Petticoat Junction" (1963) and "The Phyllis Diller Show" (1966).  She played numerous memorable recurring roles in many hit television series, including "Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel" (1950).  Her best-known role was Clara Edwards, Aunt Bee's gossipy neighbor, in "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1968) and its spin-off, "Mayberry R.F.D." (1968–1971).  Summers appeared in 16 episodes of THE RIFLEMAN as Hattie Denton, owner of the General Store.  Hattie was first introduced in "Eight Hours to Die" (episode 6).  Her last regular television role was playing Olive in "Another Day" (1978).

Lucas risks his life when he offers to appear as a witness in a murder trial.  The only other witness has been killed in an ambush, and it appears that Lucas' life also is in jeopardy, especially when a fast-gun stranger appears at the McCain ranch.