An ex-army officer and the other an eccentric cavalier, two of Lucas' oldest friends, ask him to observe a chess match to prevent any cheating.





Episode cast overview:
Marshal Micah Torrance (credit only)
Charles Reade ...
Cpl. Scoobo
Sean McClory ...
Col. Charles Black
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Don Chimera del Laredo


Lucas McCain welcomes his old army friend Don, who now goes by the name of Don Chimera del Laredo. He's awaiting the arrival of another mutual friend, Col. Charles Black. He regales Mark with tall tales but also has an ominous message. When Col. Black arrives the two of them will go to war with each having the intention of annihilating the other. It's not quite as dramatic as its made out to be as the two men will face each other across a chess board. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

13 November 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Col. Charles Black: I'm going to watch a chess game between you two gentleman. The winner gets fired, the loser gets dead!
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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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Different from a normal episode. Very different!
3 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This series has always been a rather serious western with the overall theme about how a father loves his son. However, in this episode the writers take a more comical approach that just seems out-of-place for a 'Rifleman' episode. This is one of the few episodes that, after watching, it was so foolish that it would have been a better plot for a Saturday Morning cartoon show than for a western.

Two former friends and army buddies of Lucas comes for a visiting. The intentions of them meeting is to kill each other. One of the men rides up like swashbuckling knight that now calls himself Don Chimera del Laredo and the other is an Irish Colonel, Charles Black, in the US army. The two are set to battle till the death but it will be a game that is different than what the viewer will think.

This is not a poor episode but was not up to the high standards we usually see from the series. By the time the show comes to the end I was not really sure if I had seen 'The Rifleman' or 'Gilligan's Island'. And that is not a good review for any show.

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