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"Blood Brother"
Episode 35
Writer: Pat Fielder
Director: Arnold Laven
Original Air Date 05/26/1959

Cast

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain

Paul Fix as Marshal Micah Torrance



Guest Cast
Richard Devon as Jethroe
Richard Devon

Richard Devon made seven guest appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying different characters in each episode. He played Jethroe in "Blood Brothers" (episode 35), Austin Stark in "The Spiked Rifle" (episode 49), Walt Ryerson in "The Grasshopper" (episode 63), Jack Adams in "Miss Milly" (episode 84), Ben Macowan in "The Silent Knife" (episode 89), Gus Potter in "The Stand-In" (episode 114), and Lovett, the Gunslinger, in "The Most Amazing Man" (episode 151).

Kelton Garwood as Smith

Kelton Garwood was an American film and television actor.  He appeared in more than 40 movies and television shows in a career spanning nearly 30 years.  He studied acting at American Theatre Wing in New York.  In preparation for working in the western genre, he took horse-riding and quick-draw lessons.  He appeared in a small number of films, including "Miracle of the Hills" (1959), "Story of Ruth" (1960), "The Sandpiper" (1966), and his last film, "Return to Snowy River" (1988).   He guest-starred in the mystery action series "Peter Gunn" (1958–1961), starring Craig Stevens, the nautical action-adventure series "Sea Hunt" (1958–1961), starrring Lloyd Bridges, Rod Serling's iconic anthology series, "The Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), in which he portrayed the Tramp, and the crime drama "The Untouchables" (1959–1963), starring Robert Stack.  Garwood made two appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Smith in "Blood Brothers" (episode 35) and Tom Coleman in "Sins of the Father" (episode 70).  In addition to THE RIFLEMAN, he guest-starred in several other popular westerns of the 1950s and 60s, including "Have Gun – Will Travel" (1957–1963), starring Richard Boone, "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring Ward Bond and later John McIntire, "Rawhide" (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood, and "Daniel Boone" (1964–1970), starring Fess Parker.  He was a regular on "Bourbon Street Beat" (1959–1960), playing Beauregard O'Hanlon, and on "Gunsmoke" (1955–1975) he had a recurring role as Percy Crump, the undertaker.

Ian Murray as Harley Hannabury
Ian Murray as Harley Hannabury

Ian Murray made appearances in seven episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, playing the recurring character of Harley Hannabury in six, including "The Challenge" (episode 28), "Blood Brothers" (episode 35), "Obituary" (episode 44), "The Fourflusher" (episode 72), "Meeting at Midnight" (credited as "Old Man")(episode 74), and "The Illustrator" (episode 88).  He played a Townsman in "The Hangman" (episode 76).

Larry Perron as Dan Cameron

Larry Perron was an American actor who worked primarily in television.  He appeared in nearly 20 movies and television shows in a career of just under 10 years.  He guest-starred in a few popular shows of the 1950s and 60s, including the action series "Highway Patrol" (1955–1959), the crime drama "M Squad" (1957–1960), and the suspenseful anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955–1962).  He also had an uncredited role in the romantic adventure film "Timbuktu" (1959), starring Victor Mature and Yvonne De Carlo.

Perron made three appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Dan Cameron in "Blood Brother" (episode 35), Eddie in "Baranca" (episode 82) and Sag in "Death Trap" (episode 109).  He guest-starred in several other westerns of the 1950s and 60s, including "The Deputy" (1959–1961), starring Henry Fonda, "Wagon Train" (1957–1965), starring John McIntyre and Ward Bond, "Laramie" (1959–1963), starring John Smith and Robert Fuller, and "The Virginian" (1962–1971), starring James Drury.

Max Wagner as John Stoddard

Maxwell "Max" Wagner was a prolific Mexican-born American film and television actor, appearing mostly in uncredited roles.  He appeared in more than 350 movies and television shows during a career spanning 30 years, tending to be typecast as thugs or heavies.  He began his show business career performing in Spanish-language versions of English-language films, and later, was a Spanish-language acting coach.  He was involved in a sensational trial in 1927, in which his roommate, actor Paul Kelly, was tried for manslaughter in the death of vaudevillian Ray Raymond.  Wagner was the star prosecution witness against Kelly and his paramour, actress Dorothy MacKaye, resulting in convictions for both.  During World War II, Wagner served in the U.S. Army in the North African campaign.

Wagner had many film roles, including the taxi driver in the crime comedy "Charlie Chan in Shanghai" (1935), starring Warner Oland, as well as minor parts in the romantic drama "Morning Glory" (1933), starring Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Adolphe Menjou; the crime drama "The Roaring Twenties" (1939), starring James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Priscilla Lane; the film adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940), starring Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell; the Frank Capra classic "It's a Wonderful Life" (1942), starring James Stewart and Donna Reed; the western "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" (1962), starring James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles and Lee Marvin; and the film adaptation of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962), starring Gregory Peck.

Wagner guest-starred in a few popular television shows of the 1950s and 60s, including the superhero series "Adventures of Superman" (1952–1958), the legal drama "Perry Mason" (1957–1966) and the western action adventure "The Wild Wild West" (1965–1969).  He made four appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying John Stoddard in "Blood Brothers" (episode 35), a townsman in "The Spoiler" (episode 61), Prisoner Gibbons in "Seven" (episode 79) and a barfly in "Strange Town" (episode 81).  He guest-starred in several other westerns, including "Bronco" (1958–1962), starring Ty Hardin; "Zane Grey Theater" (1956–1961), starring Dick Powell; "The Deputy" (1959–1961), starring Henry Fonda; "The Big Valley" (1965–1969), starring Barbara Stanwyck; and "Bonanza" (1959–1973), starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts.  He appeared in 60 episodes of "Gunsmoke" (1955–1973) in uncredited roles, usually as a townsman.

Rhys Williams as Doc Burrage
Rhys Williams as Doc Burrage in Blood Brothers

Rhys Williams was a Welsh character actor in movies and television, whose career spanned the 1940's through 1970.  He made his film debut in "How Green Was My Valley" (1941).  Rural Wales was the setting of this John Ford classic film, and it featured a large cast of Welsh characters; although, it was actually filmed in Hollywood with American, Irish and Scottish actors.  Williams, who was the only genuine Welshman in the cast, originally was hired as a dialect coach for the other actors, but director John Ford gave Williams a role in the film.

Williams is recognizable to fans of the television series "Adventures of Superman," in which he played a sadistic character in one of the show's early episodes, "The Evil Three."  Other television appearances included CBS's anthology series, "The DuPont Show with June Allyson," co-starring Steve Allen in the 1960 episode "Play Acting," and five episodes of General Electric Theater between 1956 and 1961.  Williams also appeared in "The Donna Reed Show" (1958), "Temple Houston" (1963), "77 Sunset Strip" (1964), "Twelve O'Clock High" (1964-1966), "The F.B.I." (1966), "The Wild Wild West" (1966), "Mission Impossible" (1967), the "Andy Griffith Show" (1967), "Mannix" (1969), "Here Comes the Brides" (1969), among many other shows.  Williams appeared in six episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, one of six actors to portray the regular character, Doc Burrage.   He appeared in "Blood Brothers" (episode 35), "Bloodlines" (episode 42), "Letter of the Law" (episode 50), "A Case of Identity" (episode 57), "Sins of the Father" (episode 70), and "The Prodigal" (episode 71).


Old Marshal Torrance faces an unexplained inner struggle when Lucas and Mark find a dying man and bring him to North Fork.  Lucas gives his blood to help save the man, but the formerly reliable Marshal curses the wounded man and begins drinking heavily—he even resorts to taking off his marshal's badge.  Further complicating the problems, a group of vigilantes ride in from a neighboring town and demand that the wounded man be turned over to them.  Lucas, getting no help from the Marshal, has to stand up to the vigilantes alone.

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