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The Vision ― Episode 66
TV Viewers to see Dead Wife of The Rifleman
Article for March 19, 1960
Charleroi Mail ― Charleroi, Pennsylvania
After two seasons
on the air TVs The Rifleman series will give viewers an
opportunity to see the dead wife of hero Lucas McCain. A deluge, of
requests finally convinced producers Arthur Gardner and Jules Levy that
they should depict the deceased character. But the question was, how?
They couldn't have
her appear out of thin air, claiming she had been kidnapped by Indians,
nor would it be plausible for the mother to be worked into a script as
if she'd been hanging around the kitchen unseen for 67 shows. So it had
to be a dream sequence or something of the kind. Gardner and Levy came
up with a vision.
Appears In Vision
In the course of
the March 22 show (ABC), Johnny Crawford (who plays Mark McCain) becomes
desperately ill. When he is about to breathe his last, his mother
appears in the vision, giving him the will to live. Unfortunately
widower McCain (Chuck Connors) doesn't see the vision. It may sound kind
of hokey, but it serves the purpose.
"Every parent will
sympathize with the father and son," Gardner explained. "We had to find
a good actress for the mother role,' Levy added. "We went clear to New
York to find Marian Seldes for the part. Viewers had been asking to see
the mother for so long we didn't want them to be disappointed in her."
Next to depicting
the late Mrs. Mc Cain, the producing team has been most plagued by
matchmakers insisting that rifleman Connors be married off to some
comely wench so his son will have a mother.
"There are hundreds
of requests for a marriage," Gardner grinned. "But we don't have any
plans in that direction. Such a thing would change the entire concept of
the program," Levy explained. "Our show is concerned with the
relationship of a widower and the son he is trying to raise alone in the
West. We have been thinking about bringing in a regular girl friend for
Chuck, but we're taking our time, waiting for the right situation and
the kind of actress who could be believable in the role."
among the top 10 or 15 shows, has six regulars in the series--- a
bartender, blacksmith, storekeeper, marshal, doctor, and hotel clerk---
who occasionally take over featured parts. "A girl friend could be
worked in without too much trouble." But we don't want to rush the
rifleman into romance yet."
One, Careless Love, which was
written for this episode.
The main song in the episode is a poem set to music by Herschel
Burke Gilbert & Lyrics by Alfred Perry. The song was based on a poem
by Charles Kingsley, the same man who wrote Water Babies.
It's called..... ♫
Oh! That we are Maying
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