As the second witness of a murder, Lucas is asked to travel to another town to testify at the accused man's trial. The catch is, the only other witness has been murdered and his killer has not been ...
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
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In the pilot for the series, by Sam Peckinpah (originally written for Gunsmoke (1955) but turned down for that show), Chuck Connors' character was named John McCain, not Lucas McCain, and he didn't have a son. It was producer Arnold Laven's idea to make McCain a widower with a son. Also, McCain was originally supposed to have been a dead shot with a pistol. Laven had the idea to use a customized Winchester rifle as McCain's weapon of choice. See more »
Lucas McCain's rifle is a modified 1892 .44-40 Winchester, even though the series clearly establishes itself in the 1880s. See more »
I was born long after the show was created and I have to say that I love the show "The Rifleman." It is a good, wholesome, family-fun show. I love the father/son interaction. That's what keeps me watching. You can just see that the actors got along. I believe I heard in an interview with both stars that Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford (the father and son on the show--Lucas and Mark McCain) remained close friends until Mr. Connor's death. Yes, if you want a good, family show, this is the one to watch. There are good guys, bad guys, town life, and family. Watch "The Rifleman." It'll be a good change from what is aired today.
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