The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Old Man Running 

Mark's grandfather visits, running from present troubles while seeking to resolve troubles from the past.



(as A.M. Zweiback)

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Episode cast overview:
Lucas McCain
Mark McCain
Marshal Micah Torrance
Lou Mallory
Mal Sherman
Bob Sherman
Arthur Batanides ...
Littleboy Sherman
Nils Swenson
Samuel Gibbs


Sam rides into Northfork, on the run from present trouble, while seeking to deal with trouble from the past. For Sam is none other than Mark's grandfather, the father of Lucas' long-dead wife and mother of his son. Sam is being chased by three brothers who want to avenge Sam's killing a member of their family. Sam wants to get away, but also wants to see Mark, for he wants Mark's forgiveness for a dark past. Lucas, and Mark, must first help Sam overcome his current danger. Then they must grapple with their feelings about the past, in order to find a way to a new relationship with old Sam. Written by Charles Delacroix

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grandfather | forgiveness | rifle | See All (3) »


Family | Western





Release Date:

25 March 1963 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final appearance of Patricia Blair as Lou Mallory. Her disappearance was never explained. Like her predecessor Milly Scott, she was there one day and gone the next. See more »


The map on the wall of Micah's office shows the pre-Civil War borders of the New Mexico Territory, which also encompassed Arizona. The territory had been split during the war. 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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An unwelcome family member shows up at the ranch
7 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

When an older man, Samuel Gibbs, shows up at the McCain ranch it becomes obvious that there is a history between the old man and Lucas. And true enough Gibbs is Mark's grandfather that is responsible for the death of Mark's mother. Gibbs is at the house asking for help because he has being chased by three outlaw brothers wanting to kill him. But due to the history Lucas refuses to help and throws him off his land.

But Gibbs is not there just by chance, he is also there to ask forgiveness from his only grandson. But it appears his travel will be for naught.

A nice story that gave Mark a more mature role than accustom. John Anderson is great as the grandfather and gives a warming performance. Even though the story was very predictable it is still a tale that will always make the viewer smile. Nice watch.

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