The Loner (1965–1966)

One of the Wounded 

Drifting through Kansas, Colton signs on as farmhand to an embittered woman caring for her husband, a Union colonel struck mute and catatonic from PTSD.


Paul Henreid


Rod Serling (created by), Rod Serling


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Episode cast overview:
Lloyd Bridges ... William Colton
Anne Baxter ... Agatha Phelps
Paul Richards ... Col. John Phelps
Lane Bradford ... Charlie Gibbons
Steve Gravers ... Doc


Colton rides onto a farm one day looking for work. The farm belongs to Colonel and Mrs. John Phelps. The woman is bitter. It seems she is confused about a causality of war, and she shows Colton the object of her confusion - her husband. The Colonel was returned to her after the war in a dazed state. All he could do was sit in a chair. He stared. She had to do everything for him. She didn't understand where his wound was or why he wasn't getting any better. Seeing the Colonel made up Colton's mind. He had a job to do there, and he would stay and do it. Then one day in town, Charlie Gibbons started talking dirty about Colton and Mrs. Phelps. Colton punched Gibbons, and Doc assured him that Gibbons would come after him. Written by Michelle

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Release Date:

16 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Colton: Talk and reasoning were the first casualties of the war.
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