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The Spoiler
Episode 61
Writer: Harry Kronman
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Original Air Date 02/16/1960


Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

Guest Cast
Malcolm Cassell as Joey Merrick

Malcolm Cassell is an American film and television actor, who has had a brief career of nine years in which he has appeared in 16 movies and television shows.  He had a recurring role as Tommy Walker in the comedy series "The Real McCoys" (1957–1963), made several appearances in "The Loretta Young Show" (1953–1961), and he portrayed Billy the Kid in the western series, "The Rebel" (1959–1961).  His final screen appearance was in "Pirates of Tortuga" (1961), in which he portrayed Kipper.  Cassell made one guest appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Joey Merrick in "The Spoiler" (episode 61).

Ellen Corby as Mrs. Avery

Ellen Corby, born Ellen Hansen, was a prolific American film and television actress.  She appeared in more than 230 movies and television shows during a career spanning 65 years.  Corby was interested in acting beginning in high school, eventually moving to Hollywood, where she took acting lessons for more than a decade.  After playing many uncredited roles, Corby eventually became a busy character actress, appearing in movies and television shows in every genre.  She was cast in the starring role as Emma Barber in the crime drama "Caged" (1950); she played Mrs. Liz Torrey in the Oscar-winning George Stevens' western "Shane" (1953); she portrayed Miss McCardle in the romantic comedy "Sabrina" (1954), starring Humphry Bogart and Audrey Hepburn; and she played the role of the manager of the McKittrick Hotel in the Alfred Hitchcock classic film "Vertigo" (1958).

Corby appeared in many TV series, including the crime dramas "Dragnet" (1951–1959), "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), "Perry Mason" (1957–1966) and "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" (1957–1960), as well as family comedies, including "I Love Lucy" (1951–1957) and "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960–1968), and even "Batman" (1966–1968), starring Adam West.  She is perhaps best-remembered for her portrayal of Grandma Esther Walton in the family drama "The Waltons" (1971–1981), for which she received several awards, including three Emmy awards for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and two Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actress in Television.  Corby was also awarded a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Aunt Trina in the film "I Remember Mama" (1948).

Corby also guest-starred in virtually all of the iconic westerns, including "The Roy Rogers Show" (1951–1957), "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961), "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" (1954–1959), "Trackdown" (1957–1959), in which she had a recurring role as Henrietta Porter, "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), in which she made two appearances as Aunt Em, "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962), "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), "Bonanza" (1959–1973) and "The Virginian" (1962–1971).  Corby guest-starred in two episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Mrs. Avery in "The Spoiler" (episode 61) and Mrs. Morgan in "The High Country" (episode 122).  In 1989, Corby receive the Golden Boot award for her significant contributions to the western genre.

Skip Homeier as Brad Evans

Skip Homeier, born George Vincent Homeier, is an American radio, stage, film and television actor.  He has appeared in more than 130 movies and television shows during a career spanning 40 years.  He began acting as a child, appearing in the radio soap opera "Portia Faces Life."  He portrayed Emil Bruckner in the Broadway play "Tomorrow the World," a role that he later reprised in the film version opposite Fredric March and Agnes Moorehead.  Throughout his childhood career, Homeier often played juvenile delinquents, mirroring his typecasting as a heavy in adulthood.

Most of Homeier's film roles were early in his career, but included varied characters, such as Hunt Bromley in the western "Gunfighter" (1950), starring Gregory Peck, and Ollie Weaver in the Don Knotts comedy "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (1966).  He guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1950s through the 80s, including the anthology series "Playhouse 90" (1956–1960), the macabre family comedy "The Addams Family" (1964–1966), the legal drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966), the war drama "Combat!" (1962–1967), the espionage thriller "Mission: Impossible" (1966–1973), the science fiction cult classic "Star Trek" (1966–1969), the crime drama "Mannix" (1967–1975), the anthology series "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (1954–1990), the family drama "Lassie" (1954–1974), the police drama "The Streets of San Francisco" (1972–1977), the Aaron Spelling fantasy series "Fantasy Island" (1977–1984) and the medical mystery "Quincy M.E." (1976–1983).

Homeier played the leading role in the crime drama "Dan Raven" (1960–1961) and later played the recurring role of Dr. Hugh Jacoby in the medical drama "The Interns" (1970–1971).  He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Brud Evans in "The Spoiler" (episode 61).  He guest-starred in several other westerns, including "Zane Grey Theater" (1956–1961), starring Dick Powell; "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen; "The Deputy" (1959–1961), starring Henry Fonda; "Branded" (1965–1966), starring THE RIFLEMAN's Chuck Connors; "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975), hosted by Robert Taylor; "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood; "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts; and "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury.

Chubby Johnson as Mr. Avery

Chubby Johnson, born Charles Rutledge Johnson, was an American film and television actor.  He appeared in more than 90 movies and television shows during a career spanning 25 years.  Prior to becoming an actor relatively late in life—in his 40s—Johnson worked as a journalist and radio announcer.  He became a recognizable character actor, known for his jovial disposition and folksy country accent, which made him well-suited to the western genre.  He had several film roles, including Cap'n Mello in the western "Bend of the River" (1952), starring James Stewart, Julie Adams and Rock Hudson, as well as a minor part in the western "High Noon" (1952), starring Gary Cooper.

Johnson guest-starred in several popular television series of the 1950s through the 70s, including the anthology series "Playhouse 90" (1956–1960), the family comedy "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960–1968), the macabre anthology series "Thriller" (1960–1962), the family drama "Lassie" (1954–1974) and the western action adventure "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1969).  He also had a few recurring roles, playing Jim Bell in the western "Sky King" (1951–1959) and Buzz the Salvage Man in the family comedy "Dennis the Menace" (1959–1963).

Johnson made three appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Kansas Sawyer in "The Horsetraders" (episode 60), Mr. Avery in "The Spoiler" (episode 61) and the old man in "Guilty Conscience" (episode 137).  He guest-starred in many other westerns, including "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond; "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen; "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring Jack Kelly and James Garner; awhide; "The Big Valley" (1965–1969), starring Barbara Stanwyck; "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness; and "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts.

Ralph R. Moody as Roy Merrick
Ralph Moody

Ralph Moody was an American actor who appeared in over 50 movies and 100 television shows.  Often cast in Westerns as indians, his many television credits include "The Lone Ranger" (1949 1950), "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" (1955–1959), "Dragnet" (1952 1959), "The Texan" (1959), "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1958–1961), "Perry Mason" (1958–1964), "Gunsmoke" (1959–1966), "Dragnet 1967" (1967–1970) and "Bonanza" (1960 1971).

Moody appeared in 12 episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Jonathan Dodd in "The Visitor" (episode 58), Roy Merrick in "The Spoiler" (episode 61), and Eban Muchen in "The Hangman" (episode 76).  Moody also played the recurring character of Doc Burrage in nine episodes, including "Six Years and a Day" (episode 91), "The Actress" (episode 94), "Dark Day at North Fork" (episode 100), "The Mescalero Curse" (episode 106), "Man From Salinas" (episode 130), "Quiet Night, Deadly Night" (episode 146), "Mark's Rifle" (episode 150), "Conflict" (episode 155), "Requiem at Mission Springs" (episode 164).

An elderly couple, Lucas' neighbors, have moved to North Fork and settled under an assumed name to keep the town from knowing they are the parents of a vicious killer who is on the loose.  Their ruse fails, however, when the son arrives at their house and threatens to expose them unless they shelter him from the law.  Lucas helps capture him.