Writer: Dale Eunson and Katherine Eunson
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Original Air Date 12/29/1959
Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain
Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance
Myron "Mike" Kellin was an American stage, film and television actor. He appeared in more than 100 movies and television shows during a career spanning 30 years. He attended Boston University and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He then served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war ended, Kellin resumed his studies, this time pursuing his interest in acting and playwrighting at the Yale School of Drama. In 1949, Kellin made his Broadway debut in "At War with the Army." In 1956, he received a Tony nomination for his performance in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Pipe Dream" (1955). He also received an Obie award for his performance in the David Marnet drama "American Buffalo" (1975).
Kellin had roles in several memorable films, including Pvt. Kolinsky in the war drama "Hell Is for Heroes" (1962), starring Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin and Fess Parker; Julian Soshnick in the crime drama "The Boston Strangler" (1968), starring Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda and George Kennedy; Mr. Hayes in the biographical drama "Midnight Express" (1978), starring Brad Davis, Irene Miracle and Bo Hopkins; and a leading role as Mel in the horror film "Sleepaway Camp" (1983), also starring Katherine Kamhi and Paul DeAngelo. He guest-starred in several popular television shows, including the suspense anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955–1962), the crime drama "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), the medical drama "Dr. Kildare" (1961–1966), the road adventure "Route 66" (1960–1964), Rod Serling's iconic anthology series "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964) and the war drama "Combat" (1962–1967). Kellin made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Len Sommers in "The Surveyors" (episode 54). He guest-starred in several other westerns, including "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone; "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood; and Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness.
Lin McCarthy, born Linwood Winder McCarthy, was an American actor who worked primarily in television. He appeared in 65 movies and television shows during a career spanning 35 years. Following his service during World War II, McCarthy studied acting on the G.I. bill at Geller's Theater Workshop in Los Angeles, California. Among his film roles was Capt. Anderson in the military drama "The D.I." (1957), starring Jack Webb. He guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1950s through the 80s, including the anthology drama series "Studio One in Hollywood" (1948–1958), the horror series "Thriller" (1960–1962), the adventure drama "The Fugitive" (1963–1967), the espionage thriller "Mission: Impossible" (1966–1973), the detective series "Cannon" (1971–1976), the family drama "The Waltons" (1971–1981) and the medical crime drama "Quincy, M.E." (1976–1983).
McCarthy made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Charley Burn in "The Surveyors" (episode 54). He also portrayed Dr. Cox in the western mini-series "How the West Was Won" (1977), starring James Arness, Eva Marie Saint and Bruce Boxleitner, leading an ensemble cast, and he guest-starred in several other weekly western series, including "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975), hosted by Robert Taylor, "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond, "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962), starring Dale Robertson, "Laramie" (1959–1963), starring John Smith and Robert Fuller, "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness, "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood, and "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury.
Ted Otis is an American film and television actor. He has appeared in 12 movies and television shows during his decade-long career. He played the role of Dr. Ronnie Wood in the romantic drama "The Best of Everything" (1959), starring Hope Lange and Stephen Boyd, and he had a minor part in the crime caper "Ocean's Eleven" (1960), starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford. He guest-starred in Rod Serling's iconic anthology series "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964) and the road series "Route 66" (1960–1964). Otis made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Elliot Hodgins in "The Surveyors" (episode 54). He also guest-starred in the westerns "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring Jack Kelly and James Garner, and "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975), hosted by Robert Taylor.
Harlan Warde was an American actor who appeared in 180 films and television series over a 40 year career. Most of his early film roles were uncredited. He appeared in 18 episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying John Hamilton, President of the North Fork Bank. His character debuted in "The Safeguard" (episode 8). Warde had recurring roles in other television series, many in the Western genre. Among his many other TV credits, he also appeared in "Dragnet" ( 1954), "You Are There" (1953–1956), "Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre" (1955 1957), "Perry Mason" (1958–1966), "The Virginian" (1962–1971), "Bonanza" (1962–1972), "The Big Valley" (1965–1969) and "The Fugitive" (1966 1967).
Mark runs away from home when he becomes convinced that his father, Lucas, does not believe his story that he overheard a couple of surveyors plotting some illegal activities. Lucas later learns that Mark was telling the truth and helps to capture the two men as they try to rob the North Fork Bank.