The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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A Young Man's Fancy 

The stage arrives in North Fork, and a young lady gets off. She is Sally Walker, a niece of Milly. When Mark sees Sally, he is instantly smitten and stopped in his tracks by her good looks.



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Episode cast overview:
Marshal Micah Torrance (credit only)
Cheryl Holdridge ...
Sally Walker
Richard Evans ...
Bruce Henry

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When Millie's pretty niece Sally Walker arrives in North Fork for a visit, Mark McCain falls madly in love. She's a nice girl who already has her eyes set on Bruce Henry, a young man she knew from back home and who now has a ranch just a few miles out of town. Mark isn't aware of her interest in Henry and is hurt when he sees the two of them having a picnic. Henry's something of a brute however, something that works to Mark's advantage. Written by garykmcd

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Plot Keywords:

niece | puppy love | rifle | See All (3) »


Family | Western





Release Date:

5 February 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cheryl Holtrige who plays Sally was a former Disney Mouseketeer. 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 »


Something Special
Sung by Johnny Crawford
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I felt bad for poor Mark.
10 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps I was expecting too much but this episode just was not my 'fancy'. I am sure that this episode will appeal to many but I felt so bad for Mark that I could not enjoy the show.

In all begins when Milly's niece, Sally Walker, rides into North Fork on the stage. When Mark puts eyes on the young and beautiful Sally, no one can stop the hormones from flowing. The usual even keel Mark goes into a silly trance and the first taste of love knocks the boy for a loop. Everything is look like a very interesting story until Sally reveals that she is here to see an old boyfriend named Bruce Henry. - Talk about throwing water on a fire.-

The rest of the show features Mark unable to see the truth and instead lives in a fantasy where Sally and him will marry. It is even quite humorous when he tells his father that he is thinking about settling down. But Sally could have other plans.

There are some nice things going on in the episode that includes Mark singing one of his soon-to-be-released songs, but for some reason I felt bad about the entire situation. Mark even makes a complete fool of himself in a way that was hard to watch. Maybe I am being to sensitive about the matter but it looks like something good could happen to Mark's life away from the glaring eye of his Pa.

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