The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 3

End of a Young Gun (14 Oct. 1958)

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After Will Fulton breaks his leg while rescuing Mark McCain who has slipped off the edge of a cliff, he recuperates at the McCain ranch. Will and his brother Hank are outlaws with a posse ... See full summary »



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Airs Sat. Sep. 05, 9:30 AM on AMC

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Episode complete credited cast:
Charles Cooper ...
Carolyn Craig ...
Ann Bard
Joe Haworth ...
Marshal Bennet
Mel Carter ...


After Will Fulton breaks his leg while rescuing Mark McCain who has slipped off the edge of a cliff, he recuperates at the McCain ranch. Will and his brother Hank are outlaws with a posse looking for them. Will is an angry young man but his stay with the McCains softens him, especially after he meets the pretty Ann Bard. He begins to reassess his choices and realizes that he must choose which path he will take in life. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western





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14 October 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Carolyn Craig, that plays Ann Bard, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1970. On the death certificate 'suicide' was left off due to family wishes. Death is just listed as 'gunshot wound'. See more »


A shot of Lucas McCain from the back reveals the distinctive "W" stitched onto the right rear pocket of his jeans, meaning that they're the Wrangler brand. The show is set in the 1880s. The Wrangler company didn't come into existence until the 1940s. See more »


Hank Fulton: Will wouldn't have no broken leg and we wouldn't be asking for no favors, except he saved your boy's life!
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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 »


Featured in Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love (1991) See more »

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Michael Landon is excellent in this change of life story
4 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Michael Landon guest stars in this excellent episode. Landon plays Will Fulton a 19 year old member of a gang that has just rob a bank in a nearby town. As the four bandits, lead by Will's brother Hank Fulton, ride near the McCain ranch they hear cries for help. Mark McCain is clinging to a ledge and is about to fall. Will goes to help Mark and in the process breaks his leg. Hank carries Will and Mark back to the McCain ranch where they leave Will and will be back later to pick him up. In the meantime, Lucas will help his leg mend.

While staying with Lucas and Mark, Will sees a different way of living and wants to get out of robbing banks. But will his brother let him leave the business.

Very good episode for show three. Was enjoyable from start to finish. Good show.

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