The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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A gun fighter wanna-be travels all the way from England to meet Lucas, believing that killing Lucas will give him the reputation and respect he needs.


Gene Nelson


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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Joan Taylor ... Milly Scott
James Luisi ... Chuley Carr
Al Collins Al Collins ... Pete
Arthur Malet ... Jeremy Pennebroke


Both Lucas and Marshal Micah Torrance are left shaking their heads when Englishman Jeremy Pennebroke arrives in North Fork. He's a master gunsmith by profession and has come to North Fork for only one reason: to kill Lucas McCain. Lucas has never seen or heard of him but Jeremy knows all about the Rifleman and has decided he will become famous if he guns Lucas down. Lucas for his part has no intention of taking him on but when a gunfighter comes to town, Jeremy may be getting himself into trouble. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western





Release Date:

29 January 1962 (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?


When McCain and Pennebroke are practice shooting. He claims at one point that he gained some of his proficiency from shooting quail. But as he's leaving town, he tells McCain that he never knew it would be so hard to kill a living thing. See more »

Crazy Credits

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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Too few moments in this flighty tale.
8 September 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In a rather odd plot setting, an British man has come all the way across the pond in order to make a name for himself by shooting the famous rifleman of North Fork. Jeremy Pennebroke played by renowned actor Arthur Malet, is a firearms gunsmith and has developed a new type of semi-rifle that he wants to use to kill Lucas. It seems that if he can kill Lucas with his new rifle then he will be getting orders from others to buy his gun and he will make money. This is the idea anyway.

When Lucas will not play his game, Jeremy believes that he is going to leave North Fork empty handed. But when a gunslinger rides into town, Jeremy now has a way to make a name for himself. But the gun fight does not go as planned.

This was really an old plot that has been played out many times. Instead of a cowboy riding into town to make a name for himself, now someone from another country makes their way to North Fork. The writer did everything he could do to make the story interesting and gave it a different twist toward the end. But it felt like the writer were really reaching on this tale. The story had a few good moments but just like the closing shot of the show-- it seemed almost too silly.

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