Monday, June 22, 2020

Cain's Hundred (1962)

As recounted in our post for the 1961 episodes of Cain's Hundred, the series appeared to be written off by critics early in its life as an Untouchables knock-off due to its mob-fighting crusader premise and its lineage as another creation of executive producer Paul Monash. But according to an interview with Robert Culp currently posted on the Archive of American Television web site (, Monash considered the show's failure to win over viewers to be the fault of lead actor Peter Mark Richman. Culp recalls being hired to play an ambitious transportation company V.P. in the show's first 1962 episode "The Plush Jungle: Benjamin Riker" (January 2, 1962) and while still filming this episode he came up with the idea for the episode "The Swinger" (April 3, 1962), which he would write and star in toward the end of the series' run. After delivering an early draft of the teleplay to Monash, Culp insisted that he could continue reworking it to give Richman's character a larger role in the action, but Monash told him not to bother, that it was fine as it is, and intimated that he considered Richman's performance to be the reason for the show's failure. Other episodes that aired in 1962 exhibit a similar pattern in relegating the character of Nicholas Cain to a peripheral role in the plot's action. The Robert Altman-directed episode "The Left Side of Canada" (May 1, 1962) likewise leaves Cain with very little screen time, showing up in an early bar scene where unwitting mob accomplice Howard Douglas tries to convince him that the business he runs with known criminal John Maychin is legitimate, and then after the episode's primary action has happened he resurfaces to try to get lounge singer Jeanette to tell what she knows about Maychin. She refuses to talk, however, until her boyfriend and Maychin's nephew turns up dead. It's true that Richman's portrayal of Cain is a bit on the rigid side, but it's not entirely clear what else Monash objected to in his performance. His character's shortcomings are at least partly due to scripts that have him delivering sermons to accomplices who fail to see the world in black-and-white terms and his being hamstrung by legal requirements to produce evidence that will convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. Like Monash and his Untouchables past, Cain entered the crime drama arena with two strikes against him.

It's also clear that when the series failed to produce the desired ratings, Monash doubled down on his Untouchables pedigree rather than trying to distinguish the newer series from the older. In 1962 the series brought in two of The Untouchables biggest crime figures to serve as guest stars, with Bruce Gordon, who played mobster Frank Nitti in 28 episodes of The Untouchables over its 4-year run, hired to play a Las Vegas club owner in the aforementioned Cain's Hundred episode "The Swinger," and Neville Brand, who famously played Al Capone in the two-part Untouchables pilot and then reprised the role in another two-part 1961 episode "The Big Train," brought on to play smut peddler Milton Bonner in "The Debasers: Milton Bonner and Phillip Colerane" (January 16, 1962). Beginning with the March 6, 1962 episode "The New Order: Peter Long," the producers also tried to spice up the opening lead by having the theme score reworked and beginning each episode with clips of the guest stars, exactly as was then being done on The Untouchables. Two episodes later, they dropped the name of the primary villain from the title, essentially undercutting the original premise of the series. The producers may have correctly decided that including character names in the titles was not a draw since they were fictional, unlike on The Untouchables, but other successful programs like Wagon Train didn't seem to suffer from having their titles based on fictional characters.

In any case, all the tinkering didn't save the series, which is a shame because while not every episode was a gem, the best of the lot rank as highly as any other dramas being produced at that time. Many still have considerable resonance today. "Inside Track" (April 10, 1962) offers a surprisingly realistic and even cynical view of back-room politics. The plot is set in motion when race horse owner Charles Dennis decides to build his own race track after one of his horses is intentionally sabotaged in a race it was about to win. The lobbyist for crooked race track owner Ben Kilrea offers the horse's owner an opportunity to partner with his boss in a mutually profitable enterprise but is rebuffed. The two rivals then do battle through the state legislature as Dennis seeks to have his new race track approved for construction. The wining and dining of state representatives by both sides' lobbyists, the offer of company stock under the table to the committee chairman, and the threat of blackmail against another representative with a skeleton in her closet do not seem far-fetched at all. But perhaps most piercing is the discussion between Cain and Kilrea's lobbyist Dan Mullin in which the latter lays out the realities of the political world--lobbyists write the laws because the elected representatives are untrained to do so and the voters are too indifferent to care.

The political system is also the backdrop in "Blood Money: Dave Malloy" (February 13, 1962) where the 30-year incumbent District Attorney Tully Johnson is being challenged by young reform candidate Jay Adams, who promises to clean up the city's vice, controlled by casino owner Dave Malloy. Except the choice is not so clear-cut: while Johnson has been on Malloy's payroll for decades, Adams is vying to take over not just the office but the payoffs as well, unbeknownst to his lily white campaign manager Sam Palmer. Malloy sees Adams as a promising young star who could rise to higher, statewide office, giving him a bigger field for his operations, but the savvy Johnson has learned a thing or two in his years in office and threatens to expose the upstart Adams and the man who is really backing him. The back-and-forth maneuvering in this political triangle eschews the usual good vs. evil melodrama that passes for political suspense on television. And Ed Begley, Sr. gives a sterling performance as the wily and still potent D.A.

The hypocrisy of so-called amateur college athletics is exposed in "A Creature Lurks in Ambush" (April 17, 1962) when sports fixer Vincent Pavanne needs some leverage to force his estranged nephew Rick Carter to return to St. Louis after promising his dying mobster brother that he would bring the boy back for one last visit. Rick's best friend Alec Benden is their university's star basketball player, so when all of Vincent's appeals to Rick's sense of family fail to get him to make the trip to see his father, Vincent tries to get Alec to shave 5 points during his team's next game to show Rick that his belief in black-and-white right and wrong is a fantasy. When he meets with Alec, Vincent makes the case that even though he is supposed to be an amateur, he is receiving room and board, free tuition, and a nominal yardwork job that pays him much more than what it is worth, essentially making him a professional ball player, just one who works for cheap wages considering how much money the university makes off him, allowing it to build a brand new million dollar gym. Vincent's argument makes a lot of sense, and even though Alec ultimately does the right thing, though Rick at first thinks otherwise, the falsehood of amateur college athletics has been exposed.

And finally the one episode that bears an uncanny resemblance to current events is "The Manipulator: Raymond Cruz" (January 30, 1962). It tells the story of a real estate "investor" who bankrolls a Neo-Nazi proselytizer to stir up unrest in a poor neighborhood to prompt the state legislature to condemn the district's property so that Cruz can then swoop in and buy it on the cheap. Racism becomes the leverage Cruz exploits, with complicity from bribable politicians, to fatten his bank account, all under the guise of civic improvement. Sound familiar? When television viewers and historians laud classic series such as The Twilight Zone and Star Trek for their bravery in tackling uncomfortable issues, they should also praise Cain's Hundred for the same bravery, or perhaps even greater bravery, because while the former series masked their treatment of sensitive topics behind the veil of science fiction or alternate realities, Cain's Hundred dealt with the same subjects bluntly out in the open. That bluntness, more than any shortcomings Peter Mark Richman may have had as a leading man, is why the series was and has been largely buried. Television viewers don't like a series that hits too close to home.

The Actors

For the biography of Peter Mark Richman, see the post for Cain's Hundred 1961.

Notable Guest Stars

Season 1, Episode 14, "The Plush Jungle: Benjamin Riker": John Larch (starred in The Wrecking Crew, Play Misty for Me, and Dirty Harry and wo played Deputy District Attorney Jerry Miller on Arrest and Trial, Gerald Wilson on Dynasty, and Arlen & Atticus Ward on Dallas) plays convicted felon Benjamin Riker. Harry Dean Stanton (appeared in Kelly's Heroes, Dillinger, Cool Hand Luke, Repo Man, Pretty in Pink, Alien, Paris, Texas and played Jake Walters on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) plays one of his hoods. Laurence Haddon (Mr. Brady on Dennis the Menace, Ed McCullough on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, the foreign editor on Lou Grant, Dr. Mitch Ackerman on Knots Landing, and Franklin Horner on Dallas) plays another of his hoods. Dan Seymour (Ferrari on Casablanca) plays a member of his board of directors Milano. Larry Gates (starred in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Some Came Running, and The Young Savages and played H.B. Lewis on Guiding Light) plays Amalgamated Transportation president Zales Yoder. Kathryn Givney (appeared in My Friend Irma, A Place in the Sun, Three Coins in the Fountain, Daddy Long Legs, and Guys and Dolls and played Grandma Collins on My Three Sons) plays his wife. Robert Culp (shown on the left, starred in Sunday in New York, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and Breaking Point and played Hoby Gilman on Trackdown, Kelly Robinson on I Spy, Bill Maxwell on The Greatest American Hero, and Warren on Everybody Loves Raymond) plays his son Kurt. Vaughn Taylor (starred in Jailhouse Rock, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Psycho, and In Cold Blood and played Ernest P. Duckweather on Johnny Jupiter) plays Amalgamated's biggest client Harry Marstow. Sheila Bromley (Ethel Weiss on Hank) plays Marstow's wife Helen. Byron Morrow (Capt. Keith Gregory on The New Breed and Pearce Newberry on Executive Suite) plays Amalgamated board member Meyers. Tyler McVey (Gen. Maj. Norgath on Men Into Space) plays Amalgamated board member Eaton. 

Season 1, Episode 15, "Take a Number: Jack Garsell": Martin Balsam  (shown on the right, starred in 12 Angry Men, Psycho, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Catch-22 and played Dr. Milton Orliff on Dr. Kildare and Murray Klein on Archie Bunker's Place) plays numbers runner Jack Garsell. Sandy Kenyon (Des Smith on Crunch and Des, Shep Baggott on The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, and Reverend Kathrun on Knots Landing) plays his hit-man Waldo. Ron Foster (Officer Garvey on Highway Patrol) plays another hit-man Tom Brannon. Frank McHugh (appeared in The Front Page, The Crowd Roars, One Way Passage, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Going My Way, and State Fair and played Willis Walter on The Bing Crosby Show) plays bag man Wilbur Morton. Ross Elliott (Freddie the director on The Jack Benny Program and Sheriff Abbott on The Virginian) plays police Lt. Spencer. Alex Cord (Jack Kiley on W.E.B., Mike Holland on Cassie & Co., and Michael Coldsmith Briggs III on Airwolf) plays new operator Larry Rome. Harlan Warde (John Hamilton on The Rifleman and Sheriff John Brannan on The Virginian) plays federal D.A. Jerome Von. 

Season 1, Episode 16, "The Debasers: Milton Bonner and Phillip Colerane": Neville Brand (starred in D.O.A., The Mob, Stalag 17, Riot in Cell Block 11, and The Three Outlaws and played Al Capone on The Untouchables and Reese Bennett on Laredo) plays smut peddler Milton E. Bonner. Marsha Hunt (starred in Pride and Prejudice (1940), The Affairs of Martha, and Raw Deal and played Jennifer Peck on Peck's Bad Girl) plays his wife Gloria. Robert Vaughn (shown on the left, starred in Teenage Cave Man, The Magnificent Seven, The Towering Inferno, and Bullitt and played Capt. Ray Rambridge on The Lieutenant, Napoleon Solo on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Harry Rule on The Protectors, Harlan Adams on Emerald Point N.A.S., Gen. Hunt Stockwell on The A-Team, and Albert Stroller on Hustle) plays P.R. mogul Phillip Colerane. Bek Nelson (Dru Lemp on Lawman and Phyllis Sloan on Peyton Place) plays his wife. Max Showalter (appeared in Niagra, The Music Man, Dangerous Crossing, Indestructible Man, The Monster That Challenged the World, and How to Murder Your Wife and played Gus Clyde on The Stockard Channing Show) plays his employee Grady Boyle. James Maloney (Jim on 21 Beacon Street) plays another employee Ken Lightner. John Marley (starred in Cat Ballou, Love Story, and The Godfather) plays police Lt. Gene Marcus. Marion Ross (Nora on Life With Father, Susan Green on The Gertrude Berg Show, Marion Cunningham on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, Emily Heywod/Hayward on The Love Boat, Sophie Berger on Brooklyn Bridge, Beulah Carey on The Drew Carey Show, and the voice of Mrs. Lopart on Handy Manny) plays the wife of Bonner's shipping manager Laura Harding. Henry Corden (Carlo on The Count of Monte Cristo, and Babbitt on The Monkees and did voicework on The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, The Atom Ant Show, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, and Return to the Planet of the Apes) plays delivery man Harry Upson. Bartlett Robinson (Frank Caldwell on Mona McCluskey) plays newspaper editor Foster Fallon.

Season 1, Episode 17, "The Schemer: William Norman": Paul Richards (appeared in Playgirl and Beneath the Planet of the Apes and played Louis Kassoff on The Lawless Years) plays mobster William Norman. Bert Freed (appeared in The Atomic City, The Cobweb, and Paths of Glory and played Rufe Ryker on Shane) plays syndicate watchman Dave Reed. Richard Kiley (appeared in Pickup on South Street, Blackboard Jungle, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, and Patch Adams and played Joe Gardner on A Year in the Life and Jason DeWitt on The Great Defender) plays small-town D.A. Doug Crawford. Joan Taylor (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Rifleman) plays his wife Nancy. Tom Greenway (Sheriff Jack Bronson on State Trooper) plays local Sheriff Clayton. Jack Hogan (shown on the right, starred in The Bonnie Parker Story, Paratroop Command, and The Cat Burglar and played Kirby on Combat!, Sgt. Jerry Miller on Adam-12, Chief Ranger Jack Moore on Sierra, and Judge Smithwood on Jake and the Fatman) plays local hustler Gil Grand. Stafford Repp (Chief O'Hara on Batman) plays a bartender.

Season 1, Episode 18, "The Manipulator: Raymond Cruz": Jacques Aubuchon (starred in The Silver Chalice, The Big Boodle, and The Love God? and played Chief Urulu on McHale's Navy) plays real estate kingpin Raymond Cruz. H.M. Wynant (Frosty on Batman and Ed Chapman on Dallas) plays his henchman Joe Anneau. Fritz Weaver (starred in Fail-Safe, The Maltese Bippy, Marathon Man, and The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) and played Hugo Marick on All My Children) plays Neo-Nazi preacher Martin Weir. George Voskovec (appeared in The Iron Mistress, 12 Angry Men, BUtterfirld 8, and The Boston Strangler and played Petar Skagska on Skag and Fritz Brenner on Nero Wolfe) plays Holocaust survivor Willy Brower. Karl Held (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Perry Mason) plays his son Emil. Arlene Martel (shown on the left, played Tiger on Hogan's Heroes and Spock's Vulcan bride on Star Trek) plays their neighbor Anna Vargaray. Renata Vanni (appeared in Pay or Die!, A Patch of Blue, and Fatso and played Rose Brentano on That Girl) plays her mother. Sidney Blackmer (starred in Kismet (1930), Little Caesar, The Count of Monte Cristo, Heidi (1937), High Society, and Rosemary's Baby and played Dr. Morgan Granger on Ben Casey) plays state representative Joseph Callan. Charles Aidman (narrator on the 1985-87 version of The Twilight Zone) plays representative Mike Ballantine.

Season 1, Episode 19, "Murder by Proxy: Earl Klegg": Charles McGraw (appeared in The Killers, Blood on the Moon, The Narrow Margin, and Spartacus and played Mike Waring on The Adventures of Falcon) plays convicted felon Earl Klegg. Leonard Nimoy (shown on the right, played Mr. Spock on Star Trek, Paris on Mission: Impossible, and Dr. William Bell on Fringe) plays his hit-man Ralph Tomek. Lee Farr (Lt. Jim Conway on The Detectives and was married to actor Felicia Farr) plays state investigator Harvey Dakes. Noah Keen (Det. Lt. Carl Bone on Arrest and Trial) plays state prosecutor John Bernard. Fay Spain (starred in Dragstrip Girl, Al Capone, and The Gentle Rain) plays murder victim's fiance Enid Laslo. Gerald Hiken (cousin of Nat Hiken, appeared in Uncle Vanya, The Goddess, Invitation to a Gunfighter, and Reds, and played Katz the Butcher on Car 54 Where Are You?) plays trade association bookkeeper Vic Fell. Juanita Moore (starred in Ransom!, The Girl Can't Help It, Imitation of Life, and The Singing Nun) plays cleaning woman Beatrice George. Regis Toomey (starred in Alibi, Other Men's Women, The Finger Points, His Girl Friday, and The Big Sleep and played Joe Mulligan on The Mickey Rooney Show, Lt. Manny Waldo on Four Star Playhouse, Lt. McGough on Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Bill Cochran on Shannon, Det. Les Hart on Burke's Law, and Dr. Barton Stuart on Petticoat Junction and Green Acres) plays district Judge Thomas Otto. John Zaremba (Special Agent Jerry Dressler on I Led 3 Lives, Dr. Harold Jensen on Ben Casey, Admiral Hardesy on McHale's Navy, Dr. Raymond Swain on The Time Tunnel, and Dr, Harlem Danvers on Dallas) plays a prison warden.

Season 1, Episode 20, "Blood Money: Dave Malloy": Don Rickles (shown on the left, legendary comedian who appeared in Run Silent, Run Deep, Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Beach Blanket Bingo, Kelly's Heroes, voiced Mr. Potato Head in all the Toy Story movies, and played Don Robinson on The Don Rickles Show, Otto Sharkey on C.P.O. Sharkey, and Al Mitchell on Daddy Dearest) plays casino owner Dave Molloy. Ed Begley, Sr. (starred in Sorry, Wrong Number, The Great Gatsby (1949), Deadline U.S.A., The Turning Point, 12 Angry Men, Sweet Bird of Youth, and Hang 'Em High and played Mr. Koppel on Leave It to Larry) plays incumbent District Attorney Tully Johnson. Larry Blyden (Joe Sparton on Joe & Mabel and Harry Burns on Harry's Girls) plays challenger Jay Adams. Everett Sloane (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Dick Tracy Show) plays Adams' campaign manager Sam Palmer. Kathie Browne (Angie Dow on Hondo and was Darren McGavin's second wife) plays casino hostess Connie Agnew. Milton Selzer (Parker on Get Smart, Jake Winkelman on The Harvey Korman Show, Abe Werkfinder on The Famous Teddy Z, and Manny Henry on Valley of the Dolls) plays card dealer George Forbes. Alfred Shelly (Carney on The D.A.'s Man) plays a police deputy. 

Season 1, Episode 22, "The New Order: Peter Long": Simon Oakland (shown on the right, starred in Psycho, West Side Story, and Follow That Dream and played Tony Vincenzo on Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Brig. Gen. Thomas Moore on Black Sheep Squadron, and Sgt. Abrams on David Cassidy - Man Undercover) plays ex-con muscle man Walter Hayes. Chris Robinson (Sgt. Sandy Komansky on 12 O'Clock High, Rick Webber on General Hospital, and Jack Hamilton on The Bold and the Beautiful) plays his son Jack. Jesse White (appeared in Harvey, Bedtime for Bonzo, The Bad Seed, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad,Mad World, and The Reluctant Astronaut and played Mickey Calhoun on Private Secretary, Jesse Leeds on Make Room for Daddy, and Oscar Pudney on The Ann Sothern Show) plays Walter's loan-shark partner Rudy. Lin McCarthy (starred in Yellowneck, The D.I., and Face of a Fugitive and played Bill Talbot on Modern Romances) plays Walter's replacement Peter Long. Jack Ging (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Tales of Wells Fargo) plays federal agent Steve Strohm. Norman Grabowski (appeared in Girls Town, College Confidential, Sex Kittens Go to College, Roustabout, The Monkey's Uncle, and The Towering Inferno and played Padowski on Hank) plays Jack's friend Milt Gray. Harry Swoger (Harry the bartender on The Big Valley) plays Walter's debtor Vulner. Anne Helm (Molly Pierce on Run for Your Life) plays his daughter Rita. Stephen Pearlman (Murray Zuckerman on Husbands, Wives & Lovers) plays bartender Eddy.

Season 1, Episode 23, "The Cost of Living: Howard Judlow": David White (shown on the left, played Larry Tate on Bewitched) plays crime kingpin Howard Judlow. Ed Nelson (Michael Rossi on Peyton Place and Ward Fuller on The Silent Force) plays his hit-man Pete Stull. Walter Slezak (starred in Lifeboat, The Pirate, The Inspector General, Bedtime for Bonzo, and Dr. Copelius and played The Clock King on Batman) plays bail bondsman Arnie Grote. Susan Oliver (Ann Howard on Peyton Place) plays his assistant Kitty Bester. John Anderson (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays D.A. Kenneth Drake. Ned Glass (MSgt. Andy Pendleton on The Phil Silvers Show, Sol Cooper on Julia, and Uncle Moe Plotnick on Bridget Loves Bernie) plays courthouse food kiosk clerk Eddie. 

Season 1, Episode 24, "Savage in Darkness": Harold J. Stone (John Kennedy on The Grand Jury, Hamilton Greeley on My World and Welcome to It, and Sam Steinberg on Bridget Loves Bernie) plays produce company owner Marty Emson. Barbara Eden (shown on the right, starred in Flaming Star, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, Ride the Wild Surf, and Harper Valley P.T.A. and played Loco Jones on How to Marry a Millionaire, Jeannie on I Dream of Jeannie, Stella Johnson on Harper Valley P.T.A., Barbara McCray Gibbons on A Brand New Life, and Lee Ann De La Vega on Dallas) plays his daughter Terri. Telly Savalas (starred in Cape Fear, The Birdman of Alcatraz, The Dirty Dozen, and Kelly's Heroes and played Mr. Carver on Acapulco and Lt. Theo Kojak on Kojak) plays narcotics kingpin Harry Rennick. Terry Becker (Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) plays lounge owner Julius Lenke. Denver Pyle (Ben Thompson on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Grandpa Tarleton on Tammy, Briscoe Darling on The Andy Griffith Show, Buck Webb on The Doris Day Show, Mad Jack on The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, and Uncle Jesse on The Dukes of Hazzard) plays police chief Amos Trask. 

Season 1, Episode 25, "The Swinger": Robert Culp (see "The Plush Jungle: Benjamin Riker" above) plays lounge singer Hank Shannon. Bruce Gordon (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Untouchables) plays Las Vegas club owner Marcus Jackson. Zina Bethune (Robin Lang on Guiding Light, Gail Lucas on The Doctors and the Nurses, and Barbara Sterling on Love of Life) plays his daughter Lucinda. George Macready (Martin Peyton on Peyton Place) plays syndicate organizer James Harrison. Sammy Davis, Jr. ("The Greatest Living Entertainer" starred in Porgy and Bess, Ocean's 11, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Sweet Charity, The Cannonball Run, and Cannonball Run II) plays himself. Ric Marlow (wrote the lyrics to "A Taste of Honey") plays Harrison thug Pete. Cyril Delevanti (Lucious Coin on Jefferson Drum) plays Shannon's butler Simon. 

Season 1, Episode 26, "Inside Track": Kent Smith (starred in Cat People, This Land Is Mine, Hitler's Children, Curse of the Cat People, Nora Prentiss, The Spiral Staircase, and The Fountainhead and played Dr. Robert Morton on Peyton Place and Edgar Scoville on The Invaders) plays race horse breeder Charles Dennis. Lloyd Bochner (Chief Inspector Neil Campbell on Hong Kong and Cecil Colby on Dynasty) plays his lobbyist William Hillier. Bernard Fein (Pvt Gomez on The Phil Silvers Show) plays rival race track owner Ben Kilrea. David Janssen (shown on the right, starred in To Hell and Back, Hell to Eternity, King of the Roaring '20's, The Green Berets, and The Shoes of the Fisherman and played Richard Diamond on Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Dr. Richard Kimble on The Fugitive, Jim O'Hara on O'Hara, U.S. Treasury, and Harry Orwell on Harry O) plays Kilrea lobbyist Dan Mullin. Bethel Leslie (appeared in 15 episodes of The Richard Boone Show and played Claudia Conner on All My Children and Ethel Crawford on One Life to Live) plays state representative Frances Olney. Robert F. Simon (Dave Tabak on Saints and Sinners, Gen. Alfred Terry on Custer, Frank Stephens on Bewitched, Uncle Everett McPherson on Nancy, Capt. Rudy Olsen on The Streets of San Francisco, and J. Jonah Jameson on The Amazing Spiderman) plays committee chairman Leonard Yates. George Kane (Link Morrison on Love of Life) plays committee member George Crawford. S. John Launer (Marshall Houts on The Court of Last Resort and the judge 33 times on Perry Mason) plays speaker of the house Goode.

Season 1, Episode 27, "A Creature Lurks in Ambush": Ricardo Montalban (starred in The Kissing Bandit, On an Island With You, The Singing Nun, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and played David Valerio on Executive Suite, Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island, and Zach Powers on The Colbys) plays gambling fixer Vincent Pavanne. Ted de Corsia (Police Chief Hagedorn on Steve Canyon) plays his dying brother Ed. Robert Blake (played Mickey in over 30 Our Gang shorts and Little Beaver in 23 westerns, starred in Black Rose, Pork Chop Hill, The Purple Gang, In Cold Blood, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, and Electra Glide in Blue, and played Det. Tony Baretta on Baretta and Father Noah Rivers on Hell Town) plays Ed's son Rick Carter. Keir Dullea (shown on the left, starred in David and Lisa, The Thin Red Line, Bunny Lake Is Missing, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and De Sade and played Dr. Mark Jarrett on Guiding Light, Devon on The Starlost, and Dr. Steven Meye on The Path) plays Rick's best friend and star basketball player Alec Benden. Fredd Wayne (Sgt. Bill Hollis on Code 3) plays gambler Marty. James Gavin (Sheriff Frank Madden on The Big Valley) plays Alec's basketball coach.

Season 1, Episode 28, "Women of Silure": Jack Klugman (shown on the right, starred in 12 Angry Men, Days of Wine and Roses, and I Could Go on Singing and played Alan Harris on Harris Against the World, Oscar Madison on The Odd Couple, Dr. Quincy, M.E. on Quincy, M.E., and Henry Willows on You Again?) plays deported mobster Mike Colonni. Madlyn Rhue (Marjorie Grant on Bracken's World, Angela Schwartz on Fame, and Hilary Mason/Madison on Executive Suite) plays his wife Margarita Safa. Perry Lopez (starred in Mister Roberts, Taras Bulba, Kelly's Heroes, and Chinatown and played Joaquin Castaneda on Zorro) plays Colonni employee Nico Berengeri. Penny Santon (Madame Fatime in Don't Call Me Charlie, Madam Delacort on Roll Out, Mama Rosa Novelli on Matt Houston, Muriel Lacey on Cagney and Lacey, and Teresa Giordano on Life Goes On) plays Nico's mother. Gavin MacLeod (starred in Operation Petticoat, The Sand Pebbles, and Kelly's Heroes and played Joseph Haines on McHale's Navy, Murray Slaughter on Mary Tyler Moore and Rhoda, and Capt. Merrill Stubing on The Love Boat) plays undercover French agent Jean Douvin.

Season 1, Episode 29, "The Left Side of Canada": Harry Guardino (starred in Houseboat, Pork Chop Hill, The Five Pennies, Hell Is for Heroes, Madigan, Dirty Harry, and The Enforcer and played Danny Taylor on The Reporter, Monty Nash on Monty Nash, and Hamilton Burger on The New Perry Mason) plays real estate kingpin John Maychin. Philip Abbott (starred in Sweet Bird of Youth and played Arthur Ward on The F.B.I., Dr. Alex Baker on General Hospital, and Grant Stevens on The Young and the Restless) plays his business partner Howard Douglas. Geraldine Brooks (Lou Carson on Faraday and Company and Angela Dumpling on The Dumplings) plays Howard's wife Joanna. Douglas Lambert (Walter Schiff on Inside Story) plays their son Johnny. Beverly Garland (shown on the left, played Casey Jones on Decoy, Ellis Collins on The Bing Crosby Show, Barbara Harper Douglas on My Three Sons, Dorothy "Dotty" West on Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Ellen Lane on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Ginger on 7th Heaven) plays lounge singer Jeanette. Bruce Dern (starred in The Wild Angels, Hang 'Em High, Support Your Local Sheriff!, Silent Running, Coming Home, and Nebraska and played E.J. Stocker on Stoney Burke and Frank Harlow on Big Love) plays Maychin's nephew Eddie Light. Ted Knight (Ted Baxter on Mary Tyler Moore, Roger Dennis on The Ted Knight Show, and Henry Rush on Too Close for Comfort) plays a detective. Queenie Leonard (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Hazel) plays Maychin's maid.

Season 1, Episode 30, "Quick Brown Fox": Alex Nicol (starred in The Redhead From Wyoming, Heat Wave, and The Man From Laramie and played Van Lorn on The Law) plays star newspaper reporter Peter Fleming. Pat Crowley (Joan Nash on Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Georgia Cameron on Joe Forrester, Emily Fallmont on Dynasty, and Natalie DeWitt on The Bold and the Beautiful) plays homemaker columnist Holly Baker. Majel Barrett (Nurse Christine Chapel on Star Trek, was the voice of the computer on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager, and played Julianne Belman on Earth: The Final Conflict) plays her typist Grace Newberg. Hugh Sanders (starred in That's My Boy, The Pride of St. Louis, The Winning Team, and The Wild One) plays newspaper editor Roger Hove. Edward Binns (shown on the right, see the biography section for the 1961 post on Brenner) plays police Captain Lemoyne.

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