The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Milly Scott buys Hattie's general store. Her background as a schoolteacher does little to prepare her for what she bought into when she hires a stranger in town to collect all the debts owed to the store.

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Lucas McCain
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Mark McCain
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Marshal Micah Torrance
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Milly Scott
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Marty Ryan (as Warren M. Oates)
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Jim Oxford
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Mr. Penn
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Jack Adams
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Old-time resident Hattie Denton, needed by her sister in Denver, feels obliged to suddenly and shockingly betray North Fork by selling the only general store to the first person with an offer, a naïve, beautiful woman totally ignorant of business, who immediately proceeds willfully if confusedly to agree with a shady, violent newcomer on a collection scheme for accounts receivable. The economy of the town is imperiled and numerous injuries to townspeople are soon noted by Lucas and Micah. Written by Jasha

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15 November 1960 (USA)  »

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Series introduction of Milly Scott, played by Joan Taylor. Taylor replaced recurring character store owner Hattie Denton, played by Hope Summers. Summers had appeared a total of 16 times, while Taylor would appear a total of 18 times. Taylor was about 33 years younger than Summers and about 8 years younger than Chuck Connors, making her a possible romantic interest for him. See more »

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Milly, played by Joan Taylor wears a modern bra, which had not been invented during the series time frame (early 1880's). Lucas wears Wrangler jeans, which were not introduced until about 70 years later. Both clothing items were commonplace during the time period of filming. See more »

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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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Milly Scott becomes a member of North Fork
19 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

In this episode we are introduced to the new owner of the general story, Milly Scott. When she purchased the store from Hattie she also took all her debt. Her debt, like all in a cattle and farm town, includes credit that is given to farmers until the harvest is gathered or the cattle are sold. Milly finds out that at this time of year it is a very large debt and she is having trouble getting people to pay. Needless to say she is not making a big splash in her new town of North Fork.

Things get worse when a passing opportunist, Jack Adams, sees her dilemma and thinks of a way to make money. For a fee he will go to everyone that owes Milly money and make sure they pay. Milly believes this is on the up-and-up but what Adams is really doing is beating the money out of people with help from an old friend. When they finally nearly beat a man to death, Milly gets wise. Lucas and Micah will try to arrest the two men but it will not be an easy task.

Another fine episode that was a joy to watch. With the introduction of Milly to the cast, Lucas now has a love interest that will provide us with more stories from the town of North Fork. Good Watch.


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