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Original Air Date:
31 May 1960 (Season 2, Episode 36)
A friend of Lucas is found murdered and robbed. Suspicion falls on an ex-con, and a lynching seems inevitable. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An ex-con is thought to have killed a local rancher- town at lynching mode See more (3 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain

Paul Fix ... Marshal Micah Torrance

Whit Bissell ... Volney Adams

Denver Pyle ... Harold Tenner
Betty Lou Gerson ... Ellie Aikens

Michael Fox ... Joe Hannah
Wallace Earl Laven ... Myrtle (as Amanda Ames)

Ralph Moody ... Eban Muchen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Armitage ... Townsman (uncredited)
Joe Benson ... Townsman (uncredited)
Archie Butler ... Townsman (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Col. Jebediah Sims (uncredited)
Ian Murray ... Harley Hannabury (uncredited)

Jack Stoney ... Townsman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Joseph H. Lewis 
Writing credits
David Victor  uncredited

Herbert Little Jr.  uncredited

Teddi Sherman  written by
Ward Wood  written by

Produced by
Arthur Gardner .... producer
Arnold Laven .... producer
Jules V. Levy .... producer (as Jules Levy)
Arthur H. Nadel .... associate producer
Original Music by
Herschel Burke Gilbert 
Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Samuel E. Beetley 
Arthur Hilton  (as Arthur D. Hilton)
Casting by
Phil Benjamin 
Art Direction by
Gibson Holley 
Bill Ross (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Glen Daniels 
Makeup Department
Karl Herlinger .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bruce Fowler Jr. .... production manager
Robert E. Short .... executive in charge of production
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Torpin .... assistant director
Sound Department
Clarence Peterson .... sound
Kay Rose .... sound effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert B. Harris .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Bernard W. Burton .... editorial supervisor (as Bernard Burton)
Music Department
Al Friede .... music editor
Other crew
Marian Carpenter .... assistant to producer
Series Cast
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John Harmon ... Eddie Halstead

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Even though Richard Deacon, who plays the traveling salesman, has more lines than any other guest actor, for some reason he is uncredited.See more »
Harold Tenner:Let me take one more look at freedom - or what men call freedom.See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An ex-con is thought to have killed a local rancher- town at lynching mode, 15 April 2013
Author: kfo9494 from United States

The episode opens up with Eban Muchen being awaken by someone in his house. He yells out at the shadow and is then shot multiple times. In runs his hired hand Volney Adams who finds Muchen dead. Someone then starts running from the room and Volney grabs him but the man is able to get away. The next day Lucas and Mark are riding out to Muchen's farm and find Eban dead and Volney sitting in a chair near a state of shock.

With Volney being an ex-con, he thinks that the people are going to blame him with the death. Sure enough it is not long before words spreads and people are in a uproar about the ex-con killing Muchen. People are already getting prepared for a hanging which also includes the hangman named Harold Tenner.

The episode is interesting from beginning to end. In fact it was so entertaining that the entire show seemed like it just began before the ending was approaching. Well written and nice word of film imagination made this even a better program. Good Show.

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