The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 10

New Orleans Menace (2 Dec. 1958)

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A gambler, fleeing New Orleans with his henchmen, takes a liking to Lucas' ranch. When McCain refuses to sell, his life is threatened.

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Lucas McCain has to deal with Mr. Tiffauges and his henchman who have come to North Fork from New Orleans intent on settling - or taking over - the town. Tiffauges is a cruel man who takes pleasure in whipping his underlings for the slightest transgression. Marshall Micah Torrance has received information from the Texas Rangers that Tiffauges is the head of a criminal organization and is quite dangerous. For Lucas, a confrontation seems inevitable as Tiffauges has decided he wants to by his ranch and won't take no for an answer. Written by garykmcd

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the first of the Cyril Hume scripts...
14 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is perhaps more-reminiscent of "Naked City" than a Western.

Akim Tamiroff plays a New Orleans vice lord -- an unbelievably nasty character -- who's been tossed out of town. He (surprise!) shows up in North Fork and takes a hankerin' to the McCain ranch, offering Lucas "exactly what you paid for it, less wear and tear". (The concept of appreciation of value by labor means nothing to him.) Regardless, Lucas will have none of it, and one of Tamiroff's henchmen warns him that McCain is "muy macho" -- a real man.

When Tamiroff and his Frito Bandito entourage show up a 8AM the following day to assume possession of the ranch -- presumably by eradicating the humans who currently infest it -- Lucas has no hesitation defending himself, even though confronted by six men (five, if you doubt Tamiroff's fundamental manliness).

The ending is surprising (though properly foreshadowed), and //extremely// satisfying, so I won't spoil it.

The script is by Cyril Hume, a fine writer who wrote some of "The Rifleman"'s best episodes, and never received the artistic praise he deserved. Hume's scripts are distinguished by their thoroughly believable characterizations and smart, unclichéd dialog. He gives a huge amount of bantering/badgering dialog to Tamiroff, who does a fine job delivering it. (Simply memorizing it seems a remarkable feat.)

An above-average episode, worth seeing.


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