The Rifleman: Season 4, Episode 8

Honest Abe (20 Nov. 1961)

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An eccentric man who pretends he's Abe Lincoln spends a weekend with Lucas and Mark. He finds himself in trouble when he gets in a fight with a man in the saloon and breaks the man's arm.



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Episode cast overview:
Marshal Micah Torrance (credit only)
Charles Cooper ...
Matt Yordy
K.T. Stevens ...
Emma Lincoln
Joe Higgins ...
Steve Warren ...
Pam Smith ...
Rex Morgan ...
Pick Temple ...
Able 'Abe' Lincoln


Lucas and Mark are friendly with their neighbor, Able 'Abe' Lincoln. Not only does Able have a remarkable resemblance to the former president, he thinks he is the former president. Everyone in North Fork accepts that Able is a bit touched, but he is a pleasant man who causes no harm to anyone so almost everyone goes along. In the local saloon however, a stranger makes fun of him and Able challenges him to a wrestling match where the man's arm is broken. He's also now determined to get his revenge on the 'president'. Written by garykmcd

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20 November 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Dano as Lincoln
23 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The great and under-rated character actor Royal Dano, who played Abe Lincoln earlier in the decade in an acclaimed five part series for the TV program Omnibus, gets a chance to reprise his most famous role in this episode of the Rifleman. The hitch is that he is delusional and only believes he is Lincoln. Because he is a kind and harmless man the people of Northfork accept him as the real Lincoln even though they know he is not. However, a bullying stranger from Virginia meets Abe in the town bar and taunts into into a fight. As a result, Abe breaks the man's arm. Seeking revenge, the Southerner vows to kill Abe and goes to the McCain ranch where he confronts him. This episodes is a chance for viewers to see one of Royal's representation of Lincoln, a role he would continue to play throughout his long career. Most of the viewers of that day would have been familiar with Dano's earlier representation of Abe and would have appreciated his performance in this episode. If you are unaware of Mr. Dano's Lincoln portrayals, this episode may seem out of place today.

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