A vengeful judge is convinced that Lucas is responsible for the death of his son, an outlaw who was executed for murder. He captures Lucas and plans to force him to watch Mark hang in retribution for his son's death.




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Episode cast overview:
Marilee Phelps ...
Robert Crawford Jr. ...
Schoolboy (as Bobby Crawford)
Irving Mitchell ...
Hangman in Taos


A year before, Lucas McCain was part of a posse that chased and captured Ephrem Burton, a young troublemaker who killed two churchmen on a Sunday while drunk. Ephrem was convicted and hanged for his crimes. Now his father Zephaniah Burton, himself a former judge, is seeking vengeance against those he feels killed his son. His first victim is the hangman while the second is the judge who presided at Ephrem's trial. Lucas is next on his list but having taken him prisoner, Burton tells Lucas he's not going to die but will watch his own son Mark hang. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

4 November 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bobby Crawford,who plays the schoolboy who delivers a message to the Lucas ranch,is Johnny Crawford's brother both being the sons of film editor Robert Crawford,Sr and all three were Emmy nominated in 1959.In 1965 all three were involved in the film 'Indian Paint',the sons as actors and the father as producer. Bobby matched his brother when he got a regular role in another western series ,'Laramie'. See more »


When Lucas McCain (Chuck Connors) is at his ranch unloading wood posts from his wagon and Marshal Micah Torrance (Paul Fix) rides up, the sweat stains on Lucas' shirt appear and disappear and move around between shots. See more »


Hattie Denton: Beans and flour... meat and potatoes... Is that all you and that boy of youn is gonna eat?
Lucas McCain: It's good solid food.
Hattie Denton: Where's the greens?
Lucas McCain: Greens?
Hattie Denton: String beans, collards, turnip and beet greens. Now don't you be telling me that your ma didn't feed them to ya when you was a sprout.
Lucas McCain: She sure did. And I sure hated 'em!
Hattie Denton: Of course you hated them! But you ate them. Else you wouldn't have growed up the big lump that you are!
Lucas McCain: Put 'em in the sack, Hattie. I'll take 'em. Now add up what I owe ya.
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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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An odd tale of one man's justice
7 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Judge from back east, Judge Zephaniah Burton, is seeking revenge on people that were responsible for the arrest and conviction and hanging of his wild son. First the hangman is killed and then the Judge that ruled on the case is killed and now the Judge is looking for the man that brought his son in for arrest and it is none other than Lucas McCain.

The senile Judge believes he is the only person that can pass judgement on others. The Judge believes the proper sentence for Lucas will be watching his son, Mark, hang. With Lucas tied up to a wagon wheel, Judge Burton awaits the arrival of Mark from school.

Even though the story was interesting, some of the activities seemed odd concerning the story of the Judge's son. There were many people involved in the conviction and Lucas was not even present for the trail. It seems like there would have been many other people more responsible for the conviction of the son rather than Lucas. Plus the fact that the Judge murdered two other people in broad-daylight on a city street yet no one saw the murders proved almost as odd as the ending of the show. Not the most entertaining show of the first season.

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