The Rifleman: Season 5, Episode 5

Death Never Rides Alone (29 Oct. 1962)

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Johnny Drako is looking for Lucas McCain. He makes sure to tell Sweeney the bartender. After Johnny leaves the saloon, Sweeney hurries to tell Lucas, who is in Micah's office.



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Episode cast overview:
Johnny Drako
Rex Holman ...
Billie Graves
Joe Higgins ...
Bill Quinn ...
Mel Carter ...
Mac Jones
John Rayborn ...
Red Evans


Everyone in North Fork is on edge when gunslinger Johnny Drako comes to town asking about Lucas. It turns out that Drako and Lucas were in the army together during the civil war and Drako is looking for a place to settle down and put his old ways behind him. Lucas tells him he'd be welcome if he really means to give up gunfighting. Reputations are hard to shake however and three mean looking men come riding into town. Written by garykmcd

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gunslinger | showdown | rifle


Family | Western




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29 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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[the gunslingers resolve leaves them when they are confronted by Lucas, Micah and Johnny]
Lucas McCain: He's thinkin', Johnny.
Johnny Drako: He's done with thinkin', Lucas. Now he's measuring the odds.
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Life and death second to none...
28 March 2012 | by (western U.S.) – See all my reviews

The several face-offs in this dramatic episode were the essence of moral, life-and-death challenges; the lesson: stand up and be ready, but let death pass on if possible.

To begin with, I'm a huge fan of Lee Van Cleef - I rate him as one of the top five western actors of the past century (although admittedly I may not have seen some of the actors from the first half of the century). The combo of Connors and Van Cleef was absolutely fantastic, and I think Mark, McCain's kid, contributed a lot to this episode as well.

I have never seen a better Rifleman episode, and the cool acting of the three desperadoes sold their parts as cocky killers, only reenforcing my opinion that this is the best of the best.

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