The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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A stranger arrives in North Fork claiming to be an old acquaintance of a good friend from Lucas's past. In reality, he has been hired to kill Lucas, but his plans go sour when Mark befriends him.


Joseph H. Lewis


Ed Adamson


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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance (credit only)
Patricia Blair ... Lou Mallory (credit only)
Walter Sande ... Ralph Hayden
Cesare Danova ... Mario Orsatti


Mario Rosati arrives in North Fork and goes to the McCain ranch where he claims that he and Lucas have a mutual friend from when Lucas lived in the Oklahoma territory. Lucas and Mark welcome him and offer him a place to stay for a few days. What they don't realize is that Rosati is a killer hired by Ralph Hayden who Lucas shot and crippled many years before. The assassin takes a liking to the McCains and delays his assignment for a few days. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western





Release Date:

11 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The weapons in Mario's case include a dagger, a garrote, a small pistol with 4 barrels, a derringer, a folding knife, and brass knuckles. See more »


During the first scenes, Lucas and Mark are going to ride out to check some fence post. Mark is more mature than ever in the series run. However, the shot showing them riding out, Mark is much, much younger. 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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The beginning of this show ruined the experience,
29 March 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The biggest thing wrong with the episode happens right at the beginning when a rough gangster looking man hires a slick looking Mexican man, Mario Rosati, to kill the one person that he cannot stand in life. It just happens to be Lucas McCain. And because he hates Lucas so bad he just so happens to have a studio publicity shot of smiling Chuck Connors on his wall. This was such a daffy picture, for the serious subject matter, that I literally laughed out loud. Who in the world has a extra large frame smiling picture of their enemy hanging on the wall? From that moment, the rest of the episode lost all interest.

Mario arrives at the McCain ranch while Lucas and Mark are out fixing the fence. When Lucas and Mark arrive home they find Mario pilfering through their belongs only to welcome the new visitor when Mario says he is a friend of a friend that Lucas knows.

The rest of the episode concerning Mark's relationship with the new friend and the distaste that Mario now has for his job. This may have been a nice story but the laughable beginning of the episode made the viewing of the rest of the show nearly impossible. As another viewer stated, this could have been better.

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