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Joe E. Benson
On the set of The Rifleman - Requiem at Mission Springs ― air date March 4, 1963

Joe on the set of The Rifleman  - Requiem at Mission Springs

Chuck Connors takes time out to go through the script for Requiem at Mission Springs
In this episode Joe plays a Prison Guard
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Radio Television ―Variety Article - Fort Worth, Texas 3/63―Chuck Connors, right, star of ABC's The Rifleman, takes time out to go through the script with a former Fort Worth resident, Joe Benson, in Requiem at Mission Springs at 7:30 p. m. Monday.  Benson plays the part of a guard in this episode, and has appeared in The Rifleman through-out the five years it has been on the air.

Joe on the set of The Rifleman with the cast.

Although Paul Fix & Archie Butler were not in Requiem at Mission Springs they were both on the set while filming this episode.

The next article applies to the picture on the right with Paul Fix / Marsh Micah Torrance and Joe Benson.....

Lawmen in March 4, 1963 TV Feature ― Radio Television ― Variety Article
   Joe Benson right, who grew up in Stamford, is shown on the set during shooting of The Rifleman show that
   will be televised March 4.  At left is Paul Fix, who plays the role of the town marshal and a close friend of Lucas McCain.

   Joe Benson Has Role of Prison Guard in Upcoming TV Show ― Joe Benson a former Stamford man who now ears his living on the television and movie set in California, is currently shooting a feature for The Rifleman that will be seen on March 4.
   Joe who looks like the late Clark Cable, play the role of a prison guard of The Rifleman yarn entitled
   "Requiem at Mission Springs."
The show features Chuck Connors as the rifle-carrying Lucas McCain and Johnny Crawford as his son Mark. 
In a letter to the American this week, Benson said he had plans to make a trip back to his hometown sometime this year.
"Although California is my adopted state, Texas is my home,: he wrote.
This is the last year for The Rifleman.  After five years of showing.  Any shows seen after five years of showing.  Any shows seen after September will be re-runs.
"Chuck (Connors) has a new series in the fall.  It is called "Arrest and Trial" and I hope to be on that show also."
The 90 minute feature will also star Ben Gazzara.  It will have Connors in the role of a defense attorney, which will be a drastic change from the cowboy setting used for The Rifleman.
And if Joe lands a part in the series, the form Stamordite will have to exchange his boots, spurs and western hat for a natty business suit befitting a modern court room setting.

Harry Lavender Benson's uncle and Joe's brother August Benson has also moved to California.


Joe did indeed land two roles in the TV series Arrest & Trial

#5 ― My Name Is Martin Burnham
Broadcast October 13, 1963

#10 ― The Quality of Justice
Broadcast November 17, 1963

*A special thank you to Eric & Rita, Joe's children for all their help in bringing these pictures & information to
The McCain Ranch!

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