The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Face of Yesterday 

When he sees the face of a young man who is calling him out, Lucas experiences a shocking flashback to his civil war days.




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Episode cast overview:
Lucas McCain
Mark McCain
Marshal Micah Torrance
Simon Lee
Hank Clay
Nancy Clay
Milly Scott
Frank Sweeney


Hank Clay has recently moved to North Fork with his wife Nancy and his stepson Simon Lee. He's something of a drunk and seems to go out of his way to pick fights that always seem to end with Simon defending him. Simon is a very fast shot and has gunned down many men who insulted his step dad. His next 'victim' however is Lucas McCain who, no matter how he tries to avoid Clay, ends up in a fight. When Simon calls him out however, he is genuinely shocked as the young man is the spitting image of a Confederate officer he killed during the Civil War. It's a death that has haunted Lucas ever since. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

31 January 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In season 3, Episode 25, The Prisoner, it is stated that Lucas McCain was in the 8th Indiana Cavalry. But the 8th Indiana was not at Gettysburg, serving primarily in the Western Theater. So Lucas could not have killed Simon Lee at Gettysburg. 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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Chuck Connors gives an emotional performance.
22 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Hank Clay (John Anderson) is an aged man that has a step-son named Simon Lee (Ben Cooper). Hank is proud of his step-son mainly because he gets him out of trouble at every turn. Simon is quick with a gun and after Hank gets in a fight with someone, Simon takes care of the situation which usually ends in a gunfight and the deaths of the people that are against his step-father. So when Hank is in North Fork, he feels like he can do anything since his step-son will come to his defense.

After being over at the saloon, Hank feels the need to start a problem with Lucas. Lucas tries to avoid the conflict but when Hank grabs hold of Mark, there is no holding Lucas back.

This is going to result in Simon calling out Lucas in the streets of North Fork. But when Lucas gets a look at the young man, Simon looks exactly like a man Lucas killed in the Civil War. This killing has been haunting him his entire life. And now all that pain returns.

This is one of those stories that is very emotional and tense. It may appeared that Chuck Connors overplayed his emotional scene but it was more that we are not accustom to seeing the rifleman is such a difficult expression of emotions. Either way, Chuck played the heck out of the role and managed to bring us all along for the ride. Good watch.

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