A man is sitting at a table in a corner of the saloon in North Fork. He is watching the time and waiting. Later, he waits on a trail until Mark rides up. He tricks Mark into coming with him.



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Episode cast overview:
Harlan Warde ...
Lee Farr ...
Tom Snyder ...
Pete (as Thomas Snyder)


Mark is kidnapped by a man who had spent most of the day drinking in the saloon and Lucas receives a ransom note demanding $5000. Lucas has no idea how he would ever get that sum of money and bank president John Hamilton can't lend him that amount of money. The funds do become available from a neighbor who insists that he get the money. Ransom in hand, Lucas rides out to meet the kidnapper. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

25 December 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the beginning, when Micah walks out of the saloon- in the window you can see Lucas and Mark sitting on their horse. They are waiting on their cue, which happens right after Micah leaves, to come riding up in the scene. See more »

Crazy Credits

Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his riffle and then stares into the camera. See more »

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Mark has been kidnapped.
17 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At the beginning of the show, we see a stranger in the saloon in North Fork. The stranger's name is Carl Avery and it just so happens that he has a paper in his hand with the name of Lucas McCain written down. And when Lucas and Mark ride into town, Carl knows what he has to do.

When Lucas sends Mark back to the ranch, Carl follows. Along the trail Carl stops Mark and makes him follow him. They ride by the McCain house where Carl places a ransom note on the door saying that he has Mark and will release him for $5,000.

Lucas does not have that kind of money but will do almost anything to get his son back. A friend of Lucas, Neff Packer, says that he will put up the money for Mark's return. But the only way that Lucas will agree to the money is if Neff will buy his ranch and farm. Lucas signs over his ranch and Neff gives him the money. Lucas rides out to get his son back. But there is more to this story than meets the eye.

This is one of the classic 'Rifleman' episodes as we get to see the love a father has for his son. In fact, Lucas would have done anything in the world to get Mark back from the ordeal. We know that this plot is a regular part of the series but the way the writer was able to give the story a certain twist makes for a nice show.

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