The Rifleman: Season 3, Episode 24

Dark Day at North Fork (7 Mar. 1961)

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Lucas is temporarily blinded in an explosion. Unfortunately, not long after that incident an old enemy of his rides into town, looking to settle an old score.


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Episode cast overview:
John Milford ...
Jack Solby
Ralph Moody ...
Doc Burrage (as Ralph R. Moody)
Joe Higgins ...


After placing a keg of dynamite in the buckboard, Lucas accidentally creates a spark leading to an explosion. The flash in particular has affected his eyesight. He is blind and the Doc doesn't hold out much hope that he will recover. With Mark's help, he becomes more adept at getting around but when a gunslinger from his past shows up in North Fork, his life is in real danger as the man is out to kill him. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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7 March 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Micah goes into the saloon to talk with Jack Solby, the bar is along the side of the wall. In all other shows the bar, in North Fork, is against the back wall. See more »

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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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Not much suspense in this episode.
22 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode begins as Lucas is loading a barrel of dynamite in back of the wagon at the ranch. When Lucas throws some tools in back of the wagon, it makes a spark that causes the dynamite to explode causing injury to Lucas' eyes. Doctor Burrage believes that Lucas only has a small chance of being able to regain his eyesight which leads to sadness throughout the town of North Fork.

But that is not the only problem that faces Lucas. Jack Solby, just being released from prison, rides into town with a grudge against Lucas McCain. Blind or not Jack is in town to kill Lucas and make him pay for the years he spent in prison.

This was a predictable script with reliable results. The main character is possibly blind for life and a villain enters town to kill him, not much thinking on how this episode will conclude. There are some good moments between Lucas and Mark but otherwise an episode that is foreseeable.

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