The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Micah and Lucas are escorting Stanley, a prisoner, across a vast area with no towns anywhere nearby. After Stanley scares away the three horses, Micah, Lucas, and Stanley start walking, and walking, and walking.



(as Calvin J. Clements)

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Episode cast overview:
Lucas McCain
Mark McCain
Marshal Micah Torrance


Lucas McCain and Marshal Micah Torrance are escorting a prisoner by the name of Stanley. After they're well into the desert, Stanley spooks their horses and they find themselves continuing the journey on foot and without water. Stanley tells them he knows where water is to be found but has no intention of sharing that with them. The men are soon dehydrated and one of may not be able to continue. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

17 January 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Stanley: You know, I've seen men walk in this desert sun till they thought every sand hill was a cool pool of water. It's funny, Mr. McCain. It not only looks like water, it tastes like water. I seen a man once... he started poking that dirt down his throat and he didn't even know it was dirt! They start strangling him! It's gonna happen to you, Mr. McCain. And I'm gonna be around to lend a helping hand. Old Stanley's gonna be right here helping poke that nice water dirt down your throat!
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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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A simple plot but was well acted
25 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

There really is not much to this episode other than what the plot describes. Micah and Lucas are escorting a prisoner named Stanley across a barren desert outside Santa Fe. They are about to enter an area that is know by all as a dangerous patch of earth.

Just as they begin Stanley frightens the horses away leaving the three to walk over one hundred miles to the nearest city. Stanley then tells everyone that they will die and he will still be last one standing. He is so obnoxious that I cannot understand why Lucas did not give him a backhand to the face. But that did not happen so we continue through the desert with the heat beginning to effect Micah. But there is hope, Stanley has a trade for Lucas to save Micah's life but there are no guarantees that Stanley is telling the truth.

A rather simple plot with predictable results. The best thing about the episode is the way Paul Fix believes he knows the outcome of the heat and tells Lucas to ride on. That scene was very well done by both actors. It was good enough to make for a nice watch.

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