The Rifleman: Season 2, Episode 34

Meeting at Midnight (17 May 1960)

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While in town one day, Lucas runs into Tom Benton, an old friend from his days in the army. Benton seems to have fallen on hard times, though, as he's drinking heavily and winds up shooting... See full summary »

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While in town one day, Lucas runs into Tom Benton, an old friend from his days in the army. Benton seems to have fallen on hard times, though, as he's drinking heavily and winds up shooting up the saloon and getting arrested by Micah. Lucas bails him out, against Benton's protests, but it turns out that Benton has his own reasons for wanting to stay in jail. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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15 September 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE RIFLEMAN – Meeting At Midnight - 1960

Chuck Connors headlines this 1958 to 1963 western series that ran for 168 episodes. Connors is a world class hand with a Winchester rifle. This of course ends up getting him in no end of trouble.

Chuck Connors and his son, Johnny Crawford, are in North Fork picking up some supplies. Connors notices a drunk staggering down the street and into the saloon. He would swear it was Claude Akins, a friend of his from the Army days. He sends Crawford home while Connors has a look in the saloon.

It does turn out to be Connors' ex-army buddy. Akins is at a table and the booze is flowing at a great rate. Connors suggests that his friend slow down so they can have a talk about old times. Akins laughs it off and thinks it would be funny to shoot off his pistol. Wrong idea as Connors disarms him and the saloon keep has town Sheriff, Paul Fix arrest him for damages caused.

Akins is hauled off and tossed in a cell in the jail-house. In the next cell is Frank DeKova. DeKova is waiting transport to another town on murder charges. While all this is going on, Chris Alcaide and John Milford ride into town and enter the saloon for a quiet drink. The two men are here to break DeKova out of jail. And Akins is the inside man. He has a Derringer hidden in his boot.

Of course things never turn out the way they are meant to be. The breakout happens and DeKova gets away. Alcaide and Milford are put down by Connors' rifle work. Akins it seems is really a U.S. Government type under cover to find the quarter million in gold DeKova stole. Connors and Akins fake a shootout and Akins gets away with DeKova.

Some nice twists here with plenty of gun-play thrown in.


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