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Seasons:
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Release Date:
30 September 1958 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The adventures of a Wild West rancher who wields a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 207)

Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain / ... (168 episodes, 1958-1963)

Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain (168 episodes, 1958-1963)

Paul Fix ... Marshal Micah Torrance / ... (150 episodes, 1958-1963)
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Series Directed by
Joseph H. Lewis (51 episodes, 1958-1963)
Arnold Laven (22 episodes, 1958-1963)
Arthur H. Nadel (9 episodes, 1962-1963)
Gene Nelson (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
Don Medford (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
Richard Donner (7 episodes, 1962)
Lewis Allen (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
Lawrence Dobkin (5 episodes, 1962)
Arthur Hiller (4 episodes, 1958-1960)
Jerry Hopper (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Sam Peckinpah (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Paul Landres (4 episodes, 1959-1961)
Don Taylor (4 episodes, 1959-1961)
Ted Post (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
William F. Claxton (4 episodes, 1960-1962)
Lamont Johnson (2 episodes, 1959-1961)
James Neilson (2 episodes, 1959)
James Clavell (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Dick Moder (2 episodes, 1960)
John Rich (2 episodes, 1960)
Paul Wendkos (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Writing credits
Arthur Browne Jr. (35 episodes, 1959-1963)
Calvin Clements Sr. (14 episodes, 1960-1963)
Cyril Hume (9 episodes, 1958-1963)
Palmer Thompson (7 episodes, 1958-1961)
Pat Fielder (7 episodes, 1959-1962)
Sam Peckinpah (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
Philip Saltzman (6 episodes, 1959-1962)
Herbert Little Jr. (5 episodes, 1958-1960)
David Victor (5 episodes, 1958-1960)
Jack Curtis (5 episodes, 1959-1961)
Harry Kronman (5 episodes, 1959-1961)
Margaret Armen (5 episodes, 1960-1963)
Jay Simms (5 episodes, 1960-1963)
Ed Adamson (5 episodes, 1961-1963)
Ken Kolb (4 episodes, 1958-1960)
Chuck Connors (4 episodes, 1959-1961)
Albert Aley (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
George W. George (3 episodes, 1959)
Judy George (3 episodes, 1959)
David Lang (3 episodes, 1959)
Bruce Geller (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Barney Slater (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
William F. Leicester (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Teddi Sherman (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ward Wood (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Thomas Thompson (2 episodes, 1960-1963)
Lawrence Dobkin (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Herman Groves (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert Lewin (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Robert Culp (2 episodes, 1962)
David P. Harmon (2 episodes, 1962)
Lois Myers (2 episodes, 1962)

Series Produced by
Arthur Gardner .... producer (166 episodes, 1958-1963)
Jules V. Levy .... producer (166 episodes, 1958-1963)
Arnold Laven .... producer (124 episodes, 1959-1963)
Arthur H. Nadel .... associate producer / producer (70 episodes, 1959-1961)
 
Series Original Music by
Herschel Burke Gilbert (158 episodes, 1958-1963)
 
Series Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz (111 episodes, 1959-1963)
George E. Diskant (35 episodes, 1958-1963)
Charles Burke (8 episodes, 1959-1963)
Guy Roe (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Carl E. Guthrie (2 episodes, 1960-1962)
Fred G. Carson (2 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Film Editing by
Marsh Hendry (24 episodes, 1960-1963)
Frank Sullivan (19 episodes, 1959-1962)
Norman Colbert (17 episodes, 1961-1963)
Lester Orlebeck (14 episodes, 1958-1960)
Lyle Boyer (13 episodes, 1959-1963)
Samuel E. Beetley (11 episodes, 1958-1960)
Arthur Hilton (9 episodes, 1958-1963)
Desmond Marquette (9 episodes, 1958-1963)
Sherman Todd (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
Sherman A. Rose (6 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert Leo (4 episodes, 1962)
Chandler House (3 episodes, 1959-1963)
Fred MacDowell (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jerry Young (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ellsworth Hoagland (3 episodes, 1959)
Richard V. Heermance (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Thomas Neff (3 episodes, 1962-1963)
Folmar Blangsted (2 episodes, 1959)
Milton Shifman (2 episodes, 1960)
Anthony Wollner (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard L. Van Enger (2 episodes, 1961)
Stanley E. Johnson (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
 
Series Casting by
Phil Benjamin (74 episodes, 1960-1963)
Marjory McKay (58 episodes, 1958-1960)
Betty Martin (35 episodes, 1961-1963)
 
Series Art Direction by
Bill Ross (161 episodes, 1958-1963)
Gibson Holley (61 episodes, 1959-1961)
Jan Van Tamelen (21 episodes, 1959-1963)
George Renne (7 episodes, 1961-1962)
Frank T. Smith (6 episodes, 1958-1961)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Budd Friend (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Carl Biddiscombe (33 episodes, 1959-1960)
Anthony D. Nealis (28 episodes, 1961-1963)
Glen Daniels (22 episodes, 1960-1961)
James Roach (19 episodes, 1962-1963)
Patrick Delany (11 episodes, 1959-1960)
Frank Wade (8 episodes, 1960-1963)
Donald E. Webb (7 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert C. Bradfield (4 episodes, 1959)
John Burton (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Chester Bayhi (2 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Costume Design by
Robert B. Harris (22 episodes, 1958-1959)
 
Series Makeup Department
Webster C. Phillips .... makeup artist (85 episodes, 1959-1963)
Jay Sebring .... hair stylist: Chuck Connors (48 episodes, 1958-1963)
Karl Herlinger .... makeup artist (31 episodes, 1958-1961)
Sidney Perell .... makeup artist (23 episodes, 1958-1963)
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1958-1962)
Carlie Taylor .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1959-1961)
Paul Malcolm .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1960-1962)
Burris Grimwood .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1961-1963)
John Sylvester .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Production Management
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor / production manager (146 episodes, 1959-1963)
Bruce Fowler Jr. .... production manager / unit manager (128 episodes, 1959-1963)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marty Moss .... assistant director (71 episodes, 1959-1963)
Jack Sonntag .... assistant director (18 episodes, 1958-1959)
Norman S. Powell .... assistant director (17 episodes, 1959)
Mike Salamunovich .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1959-1961)
Don Torpin .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1960-1962)
Lloyd Allen .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1960-1963)
Edward O. Denault .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1960)
Read Killgore .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1960-1961)
Nathan Barragar .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Cy Brooskin .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1960-1963)
Ray Taylor Jr. .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1961)
Barry Crane .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959)
Howard Joslin .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959)
Bob White .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Art Department
Bill Ross .... supervisory art director / supervising art director (46 episodes, 1960-1963)
 
Series Sound Department
Denzil L. Daniels .... sound (74 episodes, 1960-1963)
Kay Rose .... sound effects / sound effects editor (69 episodes, 1959-1963)
Clarence Peterson .... sound (38 episodes, 1959-1963)
Norval D. Crutcher .... sound effects / supervising sound editor / ... (32 episodes, 1958-1963)
Milton C. Burrow .... sound effects / sound effects editor (31 episodes, 1960-1961)
Mandine Rogne .... sound effects / sound effects editor (24 episodes, 1962-1963)
Eugene Grossman .... sound (16 episodes, 1959)
Tommy Thompson .... sound (8 episodes, 1960-1963)
Don McKay .... sound (4 episodes, 1959)
Stephen Bass .... sound (4 episodes, 1960-1962)
Woodruff H. Clarke .... sound (4 episodes, 1961-1963)
Don Rush .... sound (3 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Johnny Crawford (23 episodes, 1958-1959)
Carol Daniels .... stunt double: Joan Taylor (18 episodes, 1960-1962)
Bobby Somers .... stunts (13 episodes, 1958-1959)
Fritz Ford .... stunt double / stunt double: Chuck Connors (6 episodes, 1958-1961)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (2 episodes, 1958)
Whitey Hughes .... stunt double / stunt double: Max Wagner (2 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert B. Harris .... wardrobe / costume supervisor (166 episodes, 1958-1963)
 
Series Editorial Department
Bernard W. Burton .... editorial supervisor (168 episodes, 1958-1963)
 
Series Music Department
Al Friede .... music editor (91 episodes, 1959-1961)
Harry King .... music editor (58 episodes, 1961-1963)
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... composer: theme music (11 episodes, 1959-1960)
Earle Dearth .... music editor (7 episodes, 1958-1959)
 
Series Other crew
Marian Carpenter .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers / ... (159 episodes, 1958-1963)
Frank Baur .... production executive (40 episodes, 1958-1959)
Archie Butler .... stand-in: Paul Fix (5 episodes, 1958)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (168 episodes)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Chuck Connors is said to have fired 12 shots with the rifle in the opening credits.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Lucas McCain's rifle is a modified 1892 .44-40 Winchester, even though the series clearly establishes itself in the 1880s.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Mark McCain:Pa!
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43 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Exemplary Western from TV's Golden Age !, 17 February 2005
Author: bfm_1017 from East Coast, USA

I am so pleased this marvelous "TV Noir" from the late 1950's is back on TV re-runs (Hallmark Channel). As a kid, I watched this show because I wanted a rifle like the one Lucas McCain had. As a 50+ year old now, I enjoy the show for a different reason - the very different style of filming it used - B&W of course, but dark, with high contrasts much like film noir. As a father of two sons I also like the interaction between father and son on the show, and how Mark is taught from "The good Book" as well as from experience, and Lucas teaches by example, hard lessons and easy ones, a stern but always loving father. The depiction of a simple life with hard work, long days, and well deserved rest at supper is perhaps fantasy in today's world, but good to strive for. Micah as a no-nonsense sheriff who has lost an edge to old age, and compensates by packing a sawed-off scatter-gun and common sense to keep the peace. No blood or gore, no entry and exit wounds, who cares? That's why I like this genre of TV, it's simple and plain, but sends a good message of hard work, simple life, and good overcomes evil in the end.

Chuck Connors showed more acting in this show than he did in any other, and seems to have been made for the part. Forget all the gibberish about guns and TV. I love this show, and other westerns, and have never owned a gun, nor do I plan to (unless I take up hunting). That's not the point. The point to me is the lessons taught in these shows, good overcomes evil in the end, and justice is served. Real life? No. But that's why I like to watch these shows - good overcomes evil at least for a Saturday afternoon.

This show, and a couple of others - Virginian and High Chaparral were some of the best TV viewing for me growing up. Emphasis on character building, the Western scenery was just window-dressing to me. Even Bonanza (after Michael Landon started to influence stories more) became a great show emphasizing character building. As a father, I learned from all the fathers in these shows (as well as from my own father) how to be a good father, and help to build good character in my own sons. Who said the TV was an "idiot box". Like a computer, it's a tool, and can be used for idiot purposes, or for growing.

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