The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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A Cavalry captain discovers that a son has been an outlaw who was killed by Lucas. He is determined to punish Lucas for the tragedy.


Joseph H. Lewis


Philip Saltzman


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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
John Hoyt ... Capt. Josiah Perry
Don Dubbins ... Ben Perry
Richard Alexander ... Nils Swenson


Cavalry captain Josiah Perry, a man with a taste for discipline, discovers that one of his two disobedient sons, Lon, has been killed in a gunfight with Lucas in North Fork. He visits his other son, Ben, who has become an ordained minister without his father's knowledge. Captain Perry goes on to North Fork determined to punish Lucas for Lon's death. Ben follows his father to North Fork hoping to prevent his father from meeting the same fate as his brother. Lucas likewise tries to find a way to avoid any further tragedy. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Family | Western





Release Date:

8 November 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?


Capt. Perry's son Lon died in "A Case of Identity" 2.17. See more »


Near the end Lucas shoots his rifle and it causes Captain Perry's horse to throw him off. The stunt double that falls off the horse has much longer and darker hair than Captain Perry. See more »


Capt. Josiah Perry: Your boy disobeyed you.
Lucas McCain: Yes he did, Captain. He did it out of love.
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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 »


References The Rifleman: A Case of Identity (1960) See more »

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A man seeks revenge for his son's death
19 April 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Capt. Josiah Perry, a strict army officer, had two sons. He has found out that one of his sons had been killed in North Fork so he goes and ask the other son to ride with him to revenge the son's death. But the living son, Ben Perry, tells him that he is not going. This upsets the Captain and he tells Ben that he no longer has a living son.

When the Captain gets to North Fork he finds out that the person that killed his son was Lucas McCain. It seems that his son was a bandit and forced Lucas into a fight. However, the Captain does not want to hear the circumstance of the killing. He is only after revenge for his son's death.

Captain Perry will face down Lucas but not before his other son Ben makes the trip. Ben has a secret that he needs to tell his father but no one is sure that the strict military man will see his fault.

Another nice moral story that proves that Lucas and Mark's relationship is special. Perhaps the Captain and his son can see their relationship based on love and not discipline. Good Watch.

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