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"The Rifleman" Miss Bertie (1960)

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Margaret Armen (written by)
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Original Air Date:
27 December 1960 (Season 3, Episode 14)
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Plot:
Heading home on a stagecoach, Mark and Lucas are entertained by a little old lady's stories of gunslingers and her scrapbook of wanted posters... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain

Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain

Paul Fix ... Marshal Micah Torrance

Joan Taylor ... Milly Scott

Leonard Stone ... Gambler

Bill Quinn ... Frank Sweeney

Richard Anderson ... Duke Jennings

Agnes Moorehead ... Bertie Hoakam
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melvin F. Allen ... Sweeney (uncredited)
Joe Benson ... Barfly (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Barfly (uncredited)
Archie Butler ... Townsman (uncredited)
John Rice ... Townsman (uncredited)

Glenn Strange ... Stage Driver (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
James Clavell 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Margaret Armen  written by

Produced by
Arthur Gardner .... producer
Arnold Laven .... producer
Jules V. Levy .... producer (as Jules Levy)
Arthur H. Nadel .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Herschel Burke Gilbert 
 
Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sherman A. Rose 
 
Casting by
Phil Benjamin 
 
Art Direction by
Bill Ross (supervising art director)
Frank T. Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Glen Daniels 
 
Makeup Department
Sidney Perell .... makeup artist (as Sid Perell)
 
Production Management
Bruce Fowler Jr. .... production manager
Robert E. Short .... executive in charge of production
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Salamunovich .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Milton C. Burrow .... sound effects
Denzil L. Daniels .... sound
 
Stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunt double: Joan Taylor (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert B. Harris .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Bernard W. Burton .... editorial supervisor (as Bernard Burton)
 
Music Department
Al Friede .... music editor
 
Other crew
Marian Carpenter .... assistant to producer
 

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Additional Details

Runtime:
30 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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In a close up shot, it is shown how Lucas is able to fire his rifle so quickly- he has a trigger modification that fires the gun every time the lever is operated.See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The Rifleman - Miss Bertie, 24 February 2015
Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Sometimes a western show that deals with adult themes that can be tense and thought provoking has a lighter side. "Miss Bertie" is one of those. The titular character is played by guest starring Agnes Moorehead in old age makeup, hamming it up. Bertie wants $2000 for an old folks' retirement ladies home so she "goes bounty hunter", eyeing Richard Anderson's notorious gunfighter Duke Jennings as her prize for such a sum. However, could she be messing with danger always poking around while Duke is at the Poker table in North Fork's saloon? It was amusing watching Bertie attempt to "influence" Jennings to turn himself in so she can get that bounty money, but as she keeps hanging around him Lucas and Sheriff Micah worry about her aggravating him. Considering Jennings is a known killer, you'd think the episode would produce suspense, but the tone is always cutesy and light so his drawing the gun won't exactly elicit a response of concern for the viewer. I don't think anyone would envision Jennings gunning down "a little ole' lady" in a saloon. Lucas can take it easy for the most part although the whole episode has him keeping a close eye on Jennings…you know that Lucas will be nearby to make sure Bertie is okay. Mark and Bertie of course bond while Lucas and Micah often watch their visitor sew and make little comments about Jennings' hand and eventually his drawing from the bottom of a deck during a game. It always kind of annoyed me a bit when shows like this kept bringing back actors who had previously portrayed different characters, even dying during certain circumstances. Anderson had previously portrayed a woman killer, and in this episode pops up as an infamous gunfighter Lucas knows all too well. Anderson and Connors' opening scene is one of those "few words speak volumes" moments where it's clear there's plenty of distrust and disregard. This episode actually didn't end the way I had imagined…I just figured Jennings would pull that gun and Lucas put him down as Bertie stood to be in peril. It makes sense that it would end the way it did though considering what was at stake. Moorehead is a favorite of her time, so her presence on the show must have been thought to be a big deal…she gets star treatment, too. She is on the tips of tongues the whole time and part of nearly every conversation when she isn't even present. The part of not being an old woman dying all alone enough to try and earn a bounty (which is implausible and absurd if you think about it) is perhaps the sole driving force of the plot. Still when compared to superior plots in other episodes where Lucas and company face difficult odds, "Miss Bertie" is pure fluff.

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