The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 6

Eight Hours to Die (4 Nov. 1958)

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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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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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When the Judge gags McCain with a bandanna, only the solid-colored part of the cloth is visible across McCain's mouth. Later, just before McCain manages to free himself, the white-design part of the cloth is now visible across his mouth. See more »

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Lucas McCain: I don't know rather to kill you or thank you. Why did you save him?
Judge Zephaniah Burton: I saved him for the merciful Lord God Jehovah, who has permitted me some atonement for the evil I have wronged. For He is the true judge of all things and I am but His...
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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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