The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Incident at Line Shack Six 

A murder occurs in the railroad camp near North Fork. The accused is found in the McCain barn where Mark and Lou hid him. As a result, when Lucas goes to the trial he finds himself being tried with the accused.




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Episode cast overview:
John Wing
Raymond Guth ...
Charlie Breen
Claude Hall ...
Jeb Croton
Ray Kellogg ...
Vale Croton
Dale Wright ...
Dave Croton
John Gangling


The railroad is coming ever closer to North Fork. The man in charge of line shack number 6, John Gangling, runs an efficient operation. The men work hard and are paid on time and in gold. One of them is known to keep a fairly large amount of his wages in a money belt and Gangling kills him for it. As luck would have it, an Indian comes by just after the killing and Gangling goes on the offensive accusing him of the murder. Railroad justice is swift and when the Indian is found hiding in Lucas McCain's barn, both of them face Gangling in whose hands rest the final judgment of guilt or innocence. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

7 January 1963 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pernell Roberts portrayed one of the hillmen in an uncredited role. See more »

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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No suspense to this replayed plot.
7 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just outside North Fork there is a railroad track camp that is run by a hard-nose man named John Gangling (John Anderson). But we learn very quick that Mr Gangling is a money hungry person that will even kill to fat his pocket. When he kills a man it just so happens that an Indian, John Wing, comes up on the scene and Mr Gangling relates the story that the Indian was the murderer. And now the vigilante justice of the railroad camp is set to hang the young Indian.

Lucas gets involved when the Indian takes refuge in the McCain's barn and now Lucas, according to camp law, will also be charged with a crime that may result in a double hanging. And if found guilty the sentenced is to be carried out within the hour.

The story was not bad but when we got to the camp court hearing it seemed that Lucas knew more about how railroad employees are paid even more than the railroad workers. The episode hinged on the fact that two innocent people could be sentenced to death but there really was no suspense. It was too predictable with a rehashed plot. Even Chuck Connors seemed too routine to replay this tired script.

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