The Rifleman (1958–1963)

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The adventures of a Wild West rancher who wields a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle.

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 Lucas McCain / ... (168 episodes, 1958-1963)
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 Mark McCain (168 episodes, 1958-1963)
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 Marshal Micah Torrance / ... (150 episodes, 1958-1963)
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Widower Lucas McCain can fire a round with his specially modified Winchester in three-tenths of a second. Added to his high moral code and resolve enable him to help Marshal Micah Torrance maintain order in town while raising his son, Mark, on a ranch near North Fork, New Mexico. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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30 September 1958 (USA)  »

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El hombre del rifle  »

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(168 episodes)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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4:3
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Chuck Connors initially turned down the role of Lucas McCain because he thought the salary was too low. The show's producers then considered James Whitmore and John Anderson for the role, but when they saw Connors' chemistry with child actor Tommy Kirk in Old Yeller (1957), they realized he was the best choice for the role and made him another offer, this time at a much higher salary. He accepted. See more »

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Lucas McCain's rifle is a modified 1892 .44-40 Winchester, even though the series clearly establishes itself in the 1880s. See more »

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[repeated line]
Mark McCain: Pa!
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Referenced in Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade (2004) See more »

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Great Western from the Golden Age of TV
20 August 2007 | by (Austin, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

As a kid growing up in the 70s, "The Rifleman" was one the only other western besides "Wild, Wild, West" that I really liked--I envied Mark McCain and the great father he had on the show (played by Connors). Yes, each show was a morality play but so were many other shows of the 50s & 60s (including "Star Trek"). They made their point at a time when there was still some innocence in America, and even taught tolerance for people from other countries/cultures (for example, in the episode of "Rifleman" where a Japanese man gets insulted & pushed into a fight with one of the locals & uses Judo to defend himself). Lucas McCain taught his son by example NEVER to use a gun or fight unless it was self-defense. It sounds silly now, but when I was a kid I wished my dad had explained things to me the same way Chuck Connors did to his son in the show--ah well, thank goodness for TV writers! :)


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