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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
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 »
User Reviews:
One of the coolest Westerns ever to come out of the 50's! See more (39 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 208)

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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Language:
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

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:
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!
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mobsters and Mormons (2005)See more »

FAQ

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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
One of the coolest Westerns ever to come out of the 50's!, 1 August 2000
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

After some people thought that Chuck Conners as the "bad guy" in such films as "The Big Country",it was quickly misjudged by his character when he played Lucas McCain in "The Rifleman". The show was centered around him and his son Mark in the town of Northfolk. But the coolest thing on that show was that Winchester rifle he had,and he could fire at any range from it!!! He never used a six shooter. The way he took on the baddies with that rifle was the absolute trademark of that show which was one of the coolest and most exciting TV westerns ever to come out of the 1950's,and to this day it still holds up to other TV westerns that would endure years later. A great classic from that golden age of grand TV.

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