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?


Both Chuck Connors and Cesare Danova died in 1992. Danova died in March at age 66, while Connors died in November at age 71. 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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29 August 2018 | by hoovie70See all my reviews

Mario must have been Mexican on his mother's side.

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