The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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A recently widowed woman in North Fork doesn't know about her deceased husband's criminal past, and Lucas is determined to see that she doesn't find out.

Director:

Ted Post

Writer:

David Lang
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Robert H. Harris ... Ezra Martin
Jack Elam ... Gavin Martin
Harry Dean Stanton ... Clemmie Martin (as Dean Stanton)
Gregory Walcott ... Sid Halpern (as Greg Walcott)
Sydna Scott Sydna Scott ... Mary Halpern
Jeff Connors Jeff Connors ... Toby Halpern
Ted Stanhope ... Gravedigger
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Storyline

Sid Halpern is a hard working rancher and a good friend to Lucas McCain. When Clemmie Martin comes along however, he is intent on taking Sid prisoner and returning him to Texas for the reward. Sid admits that he was once went by a different name and was a criminal. Sid and Clemmie kill each other in an exchange of gunfire and Lucas is determined that Sid's wife not learn about his past. It becomes difficult when Clemmie's father and brother show up at Lucas' ranch looking for revenge. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Family | Western

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Toby Halpern was played by Chuck Connors' real life son Jeff Connors. At the funeral scene, he had his TV son and his real son with him at the same time. See more »

Goofs

During the fist fight between Lucas and Martin. Martin throws a horse collar at Lucas that misses and seems to hit the camera mount. The image can be seen to shake. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mark McCain: Pa, do you think he loved his son, even at the end?
Lucas McCain: I think a father never stops loving his son, Mark.
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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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for Jack Elam fans...
29 March 2013 | by grizzledgeezerSee all my reviews

Jack Elam has to be high on anyone's list of favorite character actors. Though he made a career of (mostly) playing bad guys, he did it with style, delivering consistently high-quality performances. He was not merely a good actor, but a /fine/ actor who could hold his own.

I'd normally give this episode only 6 stars, but it's got Jack Elam in what appears to be an early TV appearance. (I don't remember him receiving special billing in the credits.) He's so slender and (yes!) danged handsome, I had trouble recognizing him -- until the camera came in for a closeup of his wayward left eye. It's the only time I've seen Elam's injury exploited for dramatic effect.

The story itself is another "bad guys show up and cause trouble", with another sado-masochistic "Lucas-gets-beaten-up-and-hog-tied" sequence (Elam delivering the sadism). But the plot is a bit different; the bad guys are interesting; and Lucas has to decide whether to keep the background of a reformed bad'un secret. Elam is the main attraction, though.


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