The Rifleman: Season 2, Episode 4

Obituary (20 Oct. 1959)

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A newspaper article extolling Lucas' skills with a gun brings him trouble when a gunfighter shows up in town aiming to prove that he's faster than Lucas.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Brian G. Hutton ...
Chris Alcaide ...
Steve Darrell ...
Ben Russell (as Stevan Darrell)
Ian Murray ...
Alexander Scourby ...


Newspaperman Byron Claremont wrote a story about Ben Russell, a onetime fast gun who's been ranching for 20 years. All the article does is draw out a young gun looking to make a name for himself, Panama Billings, who calls out Ben, shooting him down in the street. Lucas McCain doesn't think much of Claremont's brand of journalism and lets him know that. When Claremont's wife Eleanor seems to show an interest in Lucas, Claremont writes him up as being faster with a rifle than anyone with a six-shooter and soon enough, another young gun comes to North Fork, this time gunning for Lucas. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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20 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Lucas confronts Billy Benson and shoots the decorative wooden balls off of the top of the Madera House sign. He looks at Billy once & the second time he looks at him he starts to turn to the right to face him. The next shot is a close up of McCain & he again starts to turn to the right to face him. 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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Entertaining from beginning till end.
3 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An eastern newspaper man, Byron Claremont, has made his way to North Fork writing about things that happened in the untamed west. He has been writing about a local man that some twenty years ago was the fastest Marshal with a gun the west had ever seen. The man, Ben Russell, had retired and was living around North Fork. But the newspapers, that was selling all over the country, brought fast gunmen like Panama Billings to try their gun against 'the fastest gun in the west'. And sure enough Ben Russell feel prey to the youngster with a gun.

With that story gone Byron Claremont begins to write about another fast gunman, Lucas McCain. Without any knowledge Lucas finds out that Claremount has been running a series on him with the title of the fast man with a rifle. It is not long before another gunman comes to town, kills the man who shot Billings and now is looking for McCain.

The show also contained the beautiful Joanna Moore that played the newspaper man's wife. Even though she is always great on the screen, her part was written large but added little to the plot. The story was entertaining right from the start and needed no side stories to keep the viewer interested. One of the episodes that was filled with excitement from the start till the conclusion. Good show.

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