The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Seven escaped prisoners terrorize the town of North Fork. The leader has a personal grudge against Lucas McCain that he must settle before leaving the town.


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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Bing Russell ... Sanchez
Helen Beverley Helen Beverley ... May Sweeney (as Helen Beverly)
Hal John Norman Hal John Norman ... Frost
Hope Summers ... Hattie Denton
Bill Quinn ... Frank Sweeney
Don Megowan ... Dorf


Seven convicts are being transferred from the Mexico State Penitentiary to Yuma. They escape, but their leader, Dorf, garners a severe response from Lucas when he tries to grab Mark. The escapees rampage through North Fork and take a Sweeney, the bartender, hostage. A vindictive Dorf demands that Lucas surrender himself, or they will kill Sweeney. Sweeney's wife begs Lucas to help. Lucas must either agree to walk into the middle of the street unarmed, or risk Dorf carrying out his threat to murder Sweeney. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Family | Western





Release Date:

11 October 1960 (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?


Final series appearance of Hattie Denton, played by Hope Summers. Later in the season it is revealed Hattie sold her store to Milly Scott, played by Joan Taylor. Summers had appeared 16 times, while Taylor would appear 18 times. See more »


Lucas McCain: ...a time a town or even a country is really lost is when the people who live in it get careless and stop paying attention to how it's being run...
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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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