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Branded (1965–1966)
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The whole town runs to a silver mine to get rich and leaves the town practically abandoned. A gang of robbers find it a convenient time to rob the bank, and the leader orders Deputy Marshal... See full summary »


Harry Harris


Larry Cohen (creator), Larry Cohen (story) | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Jason McCord
Johnny Crawford ... Deputy Sheriff Clay Holden
Skip Homeier ... Luke Garrett (as G.V. Homeier)
Richard Arlen ... Hatton
Charla Doherty ... Karin
Allen Jaffe ... Topaz
Dennis Cross Dennis Cross ... Webb
Ron Perranoski Ron Perranoski ... Lennart
Mel Ruick Mel Ruick ... Bates (as Melville Ruick)
Harry Fleer Harry Fleer ... Adams


The whole town runs to a silver mine to get rich and leaves the town practically abandoned. A gang of robbers find it a convenient time to rob the bank, and the leader orders Deputy Marshal Clay Holden to allow it to happen. Deputy Holden is still wet behind the ears and agrees to go along with them in order to keep the gang from burning down the town. When he goes to get Jason McCord's gun, however, Jason forces him to tell him everything. Jason then asks Deputy Holdon to trust him. Written by Michelle

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Release Date:

7 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Johnny Crawford (Deputy Sheriff Clay Holden), starred with Chuck Conners as his TV son on series 'The Rifleman'. Both were lifelong friends until Conner's death. See more »


Jason McCord: You'll have to stand up to them, boy. I'll back you.
Deputy Sheriff Clay Holden: You'll back me? Listen mister, I love this town and I love these people. If I thought I had a chance, I'd fight them; but what am I gonna fight them with? Women? Old folks? Kids? You say you'll back me. I know your reputation too, Mr. McCord. How do I know your promise is worth anymore than his?
Jason McCord: Look son, there are some lines from a poem. They go like this: For everyone there's a time to decide. That's when the brave man chosses, and the ...
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Johnny and Chuck together again!
9 February 2011 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

Probably my favorite Branded episode! I really enjoyed seeing these two Rifleman co-stars together again. In the scenes they did together, they still had the same magic, the same mannerisms, and the same tone. I thought it was really cool how it was about Jason teaching the deputy one of life's lessons, just like Lucas did for Mark. I also loved the way Chuck, at the end said "Well, Goodbye, and good luck." It almost sounded so...final...It made me cry!

Okay, enough on that! Skip Homer and Johnny also played in a Rifleman episode together. Their scenes were very similar. Skip's character was threatening Johnny's character in a very authoritative, threatening way. I thought it was excellent!

I do wonder where the line from the poem came from.

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