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Eight Hours to Die
Episode 6
Writer: Palmer Thompson
Director: Arnold Laven
Original Air Date 11/04/1958


Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

Guest Cast
Russell Collins as Willard Denton

Russell Collins was an American film and television actor who appeared in nearly 90 movies and television shows in a career spanning more than 30 years.  He was a versatile actor who appeared in popular shows from each decade during which he was active.  He guest-starred in various early television shows, including the mystery series "Suspense" (1949–1954) and the comedy series "The Real McCoys" (1957–1963).  Collins made guest appearances in several crime dramas, including "Peter Gunn" (1958–1961), "The Untouchables" (1959–1963) and "The Fugitive" (1963–1967), as well as the popular TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955–1962), in which he made several guest appearances and also the sci-fi thrillers "Twilight Zone" (1959–1964) and "The Outer Limits" (1963–1965).

In addition to television, Collins made several film appearances.  He played the role of Mr. Qua in the Marilyn Monroe noir film "Niagara" (1953); he potrayed Mr. Hastings in "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1955), starring Spencer Tracy; and he played the part of Knapp in the Sidney Lumet film "Fail-Safe" (1964), starring Henry Fonda.

Collins guest-starred in two episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Willard Denton in "Eight Hours to Die" (episode 6) and Charlie Willard in "The Apprentice Sheriff" (episode 11).  Collins made guest appearances in several other iconic westerns, including "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), "Bonanza" (1959–1973) and "Wagon Train" (1957–1965).

Robert Crawford as Boy

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).

George Macready as Judge Zephonias Burton
George Macready as Judge Zephonias Burton

George Macready was an American stage, film and television actor whose career spanned nearly 30 years.  He graduated from Brown University and worked briefly as a newspaperman in New York.  Attracted to the theater, on the advice of the Polish classical stage director Richard Boleslawski, Macready pursued an acting career.  Later, he claimed a common lineage with the 19th century Shakespearean thespian, William Macready.  His distinctive to-the-manor born diction, refined features, aristocratic bearing and prominent scar on his right cheek were affects well-suited to playing urbane but vaguely sinister characters.

Macready made his Broadway debut in 1926 in "The Scarlet Letter."  He continued to work on Broadway until 1958, appearing in 15 plays—mostly in dramatic roles, but also making some comedic turns.  Macready's first film credit was playing a schoolteacher in the 1942 World War II drama, "Commandos Strike at Dawn."  He appeared in numerous films, including "The Seventh Cross" and "The Missing Juror"(both in 1944), "Counter-Attack" and "My Name Is Julia Ross" (both in 1945).  His best role during the 1940's was the mysterious and malevolent Ballin Mundson in "Gilda" (1946), starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford.

Beginning in 1954, Macready appeared in numerous television series, ranging from westerns to crime and science fiction genres.  He made two appearances on THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Judge Zephonias Burton in "Eight Hours to Die" (episode 6) and Matt Wymerman in "Lariat" (episode 67).  His performance in Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory" (1947), in which he plays French General Paul Mireau, is regarded as Macready's best work.   The film is a semi-fictionalized account of military brutality and mutiny in the French Army during World War I .

Irving Mitchell as Judge Martin Harlow

Irving Mitchell, born James Irving Mitchell, was an American television and film actor.  He appeared in more than 40 movies and television shows during a career spanning 30 years.  He was typecast as a professional, often portraying judges, lawyers, bank clerks and similar roles.  He had uncredited roles in a few notable films, including the iconic drama "Citizen Kane" (1941), starring Orson Welles, and the film noir "The Harder They Fall" (1956), starring Humphrey Bogart.  He guest-starred in a few popular television shows of the 1950s and 60s, including the action crime drama "Highway Patrol" (1955–1959) and the legal drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966).  He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Martin Harlow in "Eight Hours to Die" (episode 6).  He also guest-starred in the western "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring Jack Kelly and James Garner.

Bud Osborne as the Hangman in Taos

Bud Osborne, born Lennie B. Osborne in 1884, was a prolific American film and television actor, as well as a stuntman, working primarily in the western genre.  He appeared in more than 600 movies and television shows during a career spanning more than 50 years.  He had a rugged, weather-beaten appearance, and so was typecast in outlaw roles.  He made his acting debut in silent films, starring in "Galloping Devil" (1921).  Among his several film roles were minor parts in the romantic comedy "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936), starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur; the western "Dodge City" (1939), starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan and Bruce Cabot; the noir film "Stranger on the Third Floor" (1940), starring Peter Lorre; the western "Return of the Bad Men" (1948), starring Randolph Scott, Robert Ryan, Anne Jeffreys and George "Gabby" Hayes; and the crime drama "Please Murder Me" (1956), starring Angela Lansbury and Raymond Burr.

Osborne made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying the hangman Taos in "Eight Hours to Die" (episode 6) and Loomis in "The Shattered Idol" (episode 120).  He guest-starred in many other westerns, including "The Lone Ranger" (1949–1957), starring Clayton Moore, "Laramie" (1959–1963), starring John Smith and Robert Fuller, "The Deputy" (1959–1961), starring Henry Fonda, "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), starring Clint Walker, "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts, "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring Jack Kelly and James Garner, "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood, "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone, and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness.

Marilee Phelps as Miss Adams

Marilee Phelps, born Mary Lee Kukuck, was an American film and television actress.  She appeared in ten movies and television shows during a decade-long career.  She played the role of Virginia in the crime B-movie "Without Warning" (1952), starring Adam Williams and Meg Randall.  She guest-starred in several popular television shows, including the nautical action adventure "Sea Hunt" (1958–1961), starring Lloyd Bridges, and the family comedy "My Three Sons" (1960–1972), starring Fred MacMurray and Don Grady.  Phelps made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Miss Adams in "Eight Hours to Die" (episode 6).  She also guest-starred in the television western "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood.

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).

A vengeful judge who believes Lucas was responsible for his son's death, kidnaps Mark McCain to revenge himself on Lucas.