The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Letter of the Law 

An outlaw gang kidnaps Micah and threatens to kill him unless their leader is released from jail. Lucas must decide whether to turn loose the notorious killer or face the possibility of the murder of his friend Micah.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lucas McCain
Mark McCain
Marshal Micah Torrance
Karl Galt
Fred Harris
Harlan Warde ...
John Hamilton
Asa Parker
Doc Burrage
Brett Stocker


After Marshall Micah Torrance arrests a notorious killer, Brett Stocker, he deputizes Lucas McCain to act for him while he transfers the outlaw to another town. On his way back to North Fork however, Micah is taken prisoner by Stocker's gang and Lucas receives an ultimatum: release Stocker or Micah dies. While Lucas agonizes over his decision, Micah befriends one of the gang, a young man who had once been treated kindly by a lawman. So while Micah plots his escape, Lucas sets Stocker free but also sets a trap to get him back into custody. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

1 December 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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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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Lucas faces a tough decision involving a wanted outlaw
27 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

When an outlaw, with a calling card of fancy guns, is apprehended by Micah it begins a set of situations that will lead to a dilemma for the town of North Fork.

Brett Stocker (Vic Morrow) is the outlaw that is now inside the jail house. With Micah on his way to see the territorial Marshal, he deputizes Lucas to guard the town during his absents.

But before Micah can make the trip he has been captured by friends of outlaw and being held as a hostage till the release of Stocker. Lucas and the town has a dilemma, either release the prisoner or face the death of Micah.

Vic Morrow does an excellent job of playing the wanted outlaw and the acting comes across well on the screen. The plot was interesting and the script well written. Nice watch.

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