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The Mind Reader 

While walking down the main street in North Fork, John Hallager is shot from someone hiding in the shadows. Marshal Micah Torrance arrests Billy Mathis who had been seeing Hallager's ... See full summary »

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Don Medford
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Episode complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
John Carradine ... James Barrow McBride
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Michael Landon ... Billy Mathis
Sue Randall ... Lucy Hallager
Steven Ritch Steven Ritch ... Joe Hyatt (as Steve Ritch)
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Ed Osborne
Robert Bice ... John Hallager
William Schallert ... Fogarty
James Chandler James Chandler ... Rancher
John Harmon ... Eddie Halstead
Charles Seel ... Storekeeper
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While walking down the main street in North Fork, John Hallager is shot from someone hiding in the shadows. Marshal Micah Torrance arrests Billy Mathis who had been seeing Hallager's daughter Lucy despite being told to stay away. Not long afterward, John Barrow McBride comes to town. He has a mind reading act that the townsfolk find entertaining but he also seems to have information about Hallager's shooting. How he got that information tells Lucas how McBride gets the information for his act but also leads him to the real shooter. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1959 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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[Lucas wants to talk to Billy about John Hallager's murder]
Marshal Micah Torrance: [to Billy] You got some more company, boy.
Lucas McCain: How are you Billy?
Billy Mathis: [looks up from his cot] Expect an answer to that?
Lucas McCain: I didn't ask to hear my head roar.
[Billy puts his head down on the cot]
Billy Mathis: [sarcastically] I get free lodge and three meals a day. What more can a man ask?
Marshal Micah Torrance: I've heard all this before. I'll be in the office.
[leaves the room]
Lucas McCain: Did you bushwhack John Hallager?
[...]
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Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his rifle and then stares into the camera. See more »

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John Carradine and Michael Landon
11 January 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Mind Reader" features one of the finest casts assembled for one episode, headed by John Carradine, in the second of his two appearances. Billy Mathis (Michael Landon) is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend's father, who was shot with Billy's gun after purchasing ammunition for an unknown purpose. Arriving in North Fork is the self proclaimed "greatest mentalist in the world," James Barrow McBride (a bearded Carradine), putting on a show where the murder comes up, unable to shed any light on the culprit's identity, but clearly showing a familiarity with the town and its problems. Lucas learns that the town drunk (Vic Perrin, from STAR TREK's "Mirror,Mirror") may be able to help solve the case, but not before Billy's girl allows him to escape, believing him to be innocent. The marvelous cast includes William Schallert, John Harmon, Charles Seel, and Steven Ritch, the star of 1956's Columbia feature "The Werewolf," whose all too brief career ended by 1962 (he died in 1995).


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