The adventures of a Wild West rancher wielding a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle and his son.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The hair styles worn by most of the men and many of the women during the series reflect the 1950s/1960s filming of the program rather than its 1880s setting. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Mark McCain: Pa!
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Connections

Referenced in The Jeffersons: George's Old Girlfriend (1984) See more »

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A "bad guy" playing a "good guy"
9 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

I think much of the success of "The Rifleman" TV series was due to the casting of Chuck Connors as the "hero." We quickly grew used to him in this part but at the time the series started, he was probably regarded by many casting directors as a "bad guy" -- such as the part he played in "The Big Country." There was something mean and menacing about him. But by casting him as the boy's father in "The Rifleman," the show used Connors' toughness to counteract the sentimentality that might otherwise have enveloped this series. (Can you imagine how syrupy "The Rifleman" would have been had Doug McClure played the lead?)


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