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"Gunfire"
Episode 126
Writer: Arthur Browne, Jr.
Director: Richard Donner
Original Air Date 01/15/1962

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance



Guest Cast
William Bryant as Karl Hollis

William Bryant was an American actor who appeared in over 200 film and television roles in a career spanning 45 years.  He made four guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying different characters in each episode.  He played Sandy in "The Apprentice Sheriff" (episode 11), Jerry in "Shivaree" (episode 19), Karl Hollis in "Gunfire" (episode 126), and Trooper Coley in "The Assailants" (episode 149).

Lon Chaney, Jr. as Charlie Gordo

Lon Chaney, Jr., born Creighton Tull Chaney, was an American character actor whose filmography includes nearly 200 acting credits in a career spanning seven decades.  He is best-known for being the son of silent film star Lon Chaney and his many roles in monster movies.  He is the only actor to have portrayed all of the classic movie monsters: the title role in "The Wolf Man" (1941), Frankenstein's monster in "The Ghost of Frankenstein" (1942), a mummy in "The Mummy's Tomb" (1942) and a vampire in "Son of Dracula" (1943).  Chaney was memorialized for his most iconic role, the Wolf Man, in a 1997 edition of US postage stamps.   Chaney appeared in a small number of television shows in the 1950s, including a recurring role as Chingachgook in "Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans" (1957).  He made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Charlie Gordo in "Gunfire" (episode 126).

Ross Elliott as Ben Johnson

Ross Elliott was a prolific American film and television actor.  He appeared in more than 200 movies and television shows in a career spanning more than 40 years.  Elliott was a remarkably versatile actor, guest-starring in most popular genres, including the classic family comedies "I Love Lucy" (1951–1957), "Leave It to Beaver" (1957–1963), and "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960–1968), in addition to the crime dramas "Perry Mason" (1957–1966) and "Ironside" (1967–1975) both starring Raymond Burr, "Richard Diamond: Private Detective" (1957–1960), starring David Janssen, as well as "Adventures of Superman" (1952–1958), starring George Reeves, the gothic horror series "Thriller" (1960–1962), starring Boris Karloff, the mystery action series "Peter Gunn" (1958–1961), starring Craig Stevens, the nautical action-adventure series, "Sea Hunt" (1958–1961), starring Lloyd Bridges as an intrepid scuba diver, Rod Serling's iconic anthology series, "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), the adventure series "The Fugitive" (1963–1967), starring David Janssen, the war drama "Combat!" (1962–1967), starring Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders, the espionage thriller "Mission: Impossible" (1966–1973), starring Peter Graves, and the classic family drama "Little House on the Prairie" (1974–1983), directed by Michael Landon and starring Melissa Gilbert.

Elliott made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Ben Johnson in "Gunfire" (episode 126).  In addition to THE RIFLEMAN, he guest-starred in virtually all of the other major westerns, including "The Lone Ranger" (1949–1957), starring Clayton Moore, "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955–1961), starring Hugh O'Brian, "Maverick" (1957–1962), starring James Garner, "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958–1961), starring Steve McQueen, "Cheyenne" (1955–1963), starring Clint Walker, "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring Frank McGrath, "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood, "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon, and also "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975), starring James Arness.

Joe Higgins as Nils Swenson
Joe Higgins as Nils Swenson

Joe Higgins was an American actor working primarily in television and commercials from the 1960's through the 1980's.  His acting career began at age nine and while attending the University of Dayton in Ohio, he worked in radio.  He became a prolific character actor who often portrayed a sheriff in commercials, public service announcements and in print ads.  He won the CLIO award on two occasions for his acting in commercials.  His portrayal as a sheriff, "You in a heap o' trouble, boy!," in a series of memorable Dodge car commercials in the 1970's became his iconic signature role.

Higgins appeared in four episodes of THE RIFLEMAN playing different characters, and he played the semi-regular character, Nils Swenson, the Blacksmith, in 16 episodes.  He played recurring roles on other television series in addition to THE RIFLEMAN, including "Arrest and Trial" and later, he co-starred again with Chuck Connors in "Flipper" and "Geronimo."

Preston Price as Stagecoach Driver

Preston Price made one appearance in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying the stagecoach driver in "Gun Fire" (episode 126).

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.

Grant Richards as Dave Chester
Grant Richards

Grant Richards was an American actor whose career spanned the 1930's through the early 1960's.  He had numerous television credits and was a voice-over regular on the popular 1930's radio series "Gangbusters," which featured weekly episodes based on actual crime incidents.  Each program ended with various descriptions of wanted criminals, many of whom were later arrested due to avid listener participation.   Richards appeared in three episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Reed Barns in "The Apprentice Sheriff" (episode 11), Dave Chester in "Gunfire" (episode 126), and John Keeler in "Tinhorn" (episode 134).


Charlie Gordo, a notorious killer, is being held in the North Fork jail.  When word gets around that Gordo's gang is on its way to free him, the whole town becomes frightened and leave Lucas, Marshal Torrance and Nils, the Blacksmith, to stand up to the gang alone.

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