Writer: Arthur Browne, Jr.
Director: Lamont Johnson
Original Air Date 04/14/1959
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).
Patrick McVey was an American stage, film and television actor who appeared in 100 movies and television shows during his 30-year career. Most of his many film appearances were uncredited roles early in his career, including in the romantic comedy "Caught in the Draft" (1941), starring Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour; the adventure comedy "Invisible Agent" (1942), starring Peter Lorre; the noir film "Dark Passage" (1947), starring Humphrey Boggart and Lauren Bacall. He played Sergeant Flamm, the Chicago policeman, in the mystery adventure film "North by Northwest" (1959), starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason; Police Office Mike Tanner in the Frank Sinatra film "The Detective" (1969); and Bruce's father in the sports drama "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1973), starring Robert DeNiro (as Bruce Pearson), Michael Moriarty and Vincent Gardenia.
McVey guest-starred in many popular shows of the 1950s and 60s, including the crime drama "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), the adventure series "The Fugitive" (1963–1967) and the legal drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966). He also played several recurring roles, including Steve Wilson in the drama "Big Town" (1950–1956), Lt. Col. Wesley Hayes in the western "Boots and Saddles" (1957), and Ben Andrews in the crime drama "Manhunt" (1959–1961). McVey made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Walt Hake in "The Hawk" (episode 29) and Jake Striker in "The Quiet Fear" (episode 127). He guest-starred in many other westerns, including "The Restless Gun" (1957–1959), "Bat Masterson" (1958–1961), "Maverick" (1957–1962), "Zane Grey Theater" (1956–1961), "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), "The Virginian" (1962–1971), and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975).
Mark meets a stranger while out riding a trail, and making his acquaintance invites him home to visit. Fascinated with this new friend, Mark doesn't sense what Lucas suspects—that the man may be a wanted criminal. Lucas finally ferrets out the truth —the man is running from the law but claims he's innocent. Lucas helps him decide to surrender.