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:
Simon Lee
Hank Clay
Nancy Clay


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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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 »

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A Rifleman Tearjerker Sort Of
1 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen this episode a couple of times before but I really didn't realize the great range & acting magnitude of Chuck Conners...He played this part to the hilt & brought about the deep respect of life & the disdain of having to kill another human being...and any fan as myself of The Rifleman knows that he kills a lot but only as a last resort.This particular episode is something that is not often seen & I for one think this episode is one of the best...I am 65 years old now & I grew up with episodes of The Rifleman as my Dad God rest his soul watched it quite often & now being older & a bit wiser can understand the plots better than when I was a kid...If you get the chance to see this episode & to really absorb it I am sure that you will come to similar conclusions as I did.

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