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Episode 79
Writer: Arthur Browne, Jr.
Director: Ted Post
Original Air Date 10/11/1960


Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance

Guest Cast
Helen Beverly as Sweeney's wife, May

Helen Beverly was an American actress, working primarily in film.  Appearing in just 10 movies, several were uncredited roles, including the classic Biblical drama, "The Robe" (1953).  She appeared in "Green Fields" (1937), her earliest film, and she also appeared in one of the movies in the Charlie Chan franchise, "Black Magic" (1944).  Beverly made one appearance in The RIFLEMAN, portraying May Sweeney in "Seven" (episode 79).

Robert Bice as Warden of New Mexico Territory
Robert Bice

Robert Bice made five guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying different characters in each episode.  He played Joe Hallager in "The Mind Reader" (episode 40), Ben Smith in "The Coward" (episode 53), The Warden of New Mexico Territory in "Seven" (episode 79), and Len Richards in "Deadly Image" (episode 138).

Don Megowan as Dorf

Don Megowan was an American television and film actor.  He appeared in 90 movies and television shows during a career spanning nearly 30 years.  He had a few film roles, including an uncredited part in the romantic thriller "To Catch a Thief" (1955), starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, and Luke Phelan in the war film "The Devil's Brigade" (1968), starring William Holden, Cliff Robertson and Vince Edwards.

Megowan guest-starred in many popular television shows of the 1950s through the 70s, including the anthology series "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (1954–1990), the private detective series "77 Sunset Strip" (1958–1964), the Buck Henry spy spoof "Get Smart" (1965–1970), the western action drama "Kung Fu" (1972–1975) and the Aaron Spelling fantasy series "Fantasy Island" (1977–1984).  He also had a recurring role as Captain Huckabee in the adventure series "The Beachcomber" (1962).

Megowan made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Dorf in "Seven" (episode 79).  He guest-starred in numerous other westerns, including "Maverick" (1957–1962), "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961), "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), "Laramie" (1959–1963), "The Deputy" (1959–1961), "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), "Rawhide" (1959–1966), "Branded" (1965–1966), "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975) and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975).

Hal Jon Norman as Frost

Hal Jon Norman was an American actor who primarily appeared in TV westerns.  He garnered more than 20 acting credits in a career spanning roughly 30 years.  He guest-starred in "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), "The Restless Gun" (1957–1959), starring John Payne, "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957–1962), "The Tall Man" (1960–1962), "Bonanza" (1959–1973), "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood, "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1969) and "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970).  Norman made two guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying the father in "The Pet" (episode 15) and Frost in "Seven" (episode 79).

Bill Quinn as Sweeney, the Bartender
Bill Quinn as Sweeney, the Bartender

Bill Quinn was an American actor whose early career began in the 1920's in silent films and ended with the 1989 science fiction film, "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier."  Perhaps, his best-known role was Mr. Ranseleer, Archie Bunker's blind friend in "All In The Family" (1971-1978).  He also was a regular character in the Carroll O'Connor spin-off, "Archie Bunker's Place."  Quinn's other television credits include roles in "The Odd Couple" (1970-1975), "McHale's Navy" (1962-1966), and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-1977), in which he play Mary Richard's father.  In 1971, he appeared in Universal Pictures' "How to Frame a Figg" starring Don Knotts.  Quinn was a regular character in THE RIFLEMAN, appearing in 40 episodes as Sweeney, the Owner/Bartender of the North Fork Saloon.

Bing Russell as Sanchez

Bing Russell, born Neil Oliver Russell, was an American film and television actor.  He appeared in more than 150 movies and television shows during a career spanning almost 40 years.  He is the father of actor Kurt Russell.  In addition to his acting pursuits, Russell was the owner of the Portland Mavericks, a minor league baseball team.  He created a baseball park without corporate sponsorship and hired the first female general manager in professional baseball.

Russell had roles in several memorable films, including Robert in the western "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and James Coburn.  He portrayed Vernon Presley in the biographical drama "Elvis" (1979), starring Kurt Russell and Shelley Winters; he played the van driver in the action comedy "Tango and Cash" (1989), starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell; and he was a Club Ritz patron in the superhero action movie adaptation of "Dick Tracy" (1990), starring Warren Beatty.  He had minor parts in many films, including the noir film "Kiss Me Deadly" (1955), starring Ralph Meeker and Albert Dekker; the western "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (1957), starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas; and the western drama "Rio Bravo" (1959), starring John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson.

Russell guest-starred in many popular television shows, including the anthology series "Playhouse 90" (1956–1960), the action crime drama "Highway Patrol" (1955–1959), the road series "Route 66" (1960–1964), the crime drama "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), the comedy "Hazel" (1961–1966), the family comedy "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960–1968), Rod Serling's iconic anthology series "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), the war drama "Combat!" (1962–1967) and the adventure drama "The Fugitive" (1963–1967).

Russell made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Hode Evans in "A Matter of Faith" (episode 34) and Sanchez in "Seven" (episode 79).  He guest-starred in many other westerns, including "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond; "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961), starring Hugh O'Brian; "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen; "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood; "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone; "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts; and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness.

Paul Sorenson as Prisoner

Paul Sorenson was an American stage, film and television actor, as well as an ordained minister.  He appeared in nearly 180 movies and televisions shows during a career spanning 35 years.  He graduated from the Pasadena Playhouse, which later honored him with a lifetime achievement award.  He served in the United States military during the Korean War.  Following a standout performance in a theater production of Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday," Sorenson was signed by a talent agent.  He later co-founded the Orchard Gables Repertory Theater group and ran The Original Actors Workshop with the help of his wife.  He is perhaps best-remembered for his recurring role as Andy Bradley in the long-running drama "Dallas" (1978–1991).

Sorenson had roles in a few memorable films, including minor parts in the western "Hang 'Em High" (1968), starring Clint Eastwood; the sci-fi thriller "Westworld" (1973), starring Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin; as well as Captain in the sci-fi film "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" (1984), starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley.  He guest-starred in many popular television shows, including the nautical action adventure "Sea Hunt" (1958–1961), the crime drama "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), the anthology series "The Outer Limits" (1963–1965), the adventure drama "The Fugitive" (1963–1967), the espionage thriller "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964–1968), the western action adventure "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1969), the adventure drama "It Takes a Thief" (1968–1970), the family comedy "My Three Sons" (1960–1972) and the police drama "The Streets of San Francisco" (1972–1977).

Sorenson made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying a prisoner in "Seven" (episode 79) and Vic Adler in "The Sixteenth Cousin" (episode 159).  He guest-starred in many other westerns, including "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), starring Clint Walker; "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone; "Bat Masterson" (1958–1961), starring Gene Barry; "The Big Valley" (1965–1969), starring Barbara Stanwyck; "Death Valley Days" (1952–1975), hosted by Robert Taylor; and "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness.

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 prison wagon carrying seven incorrigible criminals stops over in North Fork for supplies.  When the seven men escape and barricade themselves in the North Fork Saloon, Lucas agrees to serve as hostage to save the life of Sweeney, the saloon owner.  With Micah's help Lucas turns the tables on the criminals and saves the town.