The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 25

One Went to Denver (17 Mar. 1959)

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Bank robber Tom Birch and his outlaw gang arrive in North Fork, where Birch has some unfinished business--he wants to visit his old friend, Lucas McCain.

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Lucas McCain's childhood friend, the closest thing to a brother he ever had, drops into to see him at the ranch. Tom Birch is now a known bank robber but his visit with Lucas and Mark is entirely friendly. Mark knows all about the Birch gang and Lucas has to try to explain to him what it means to be a friend but still be honest. Tom tells Lucas he headed to Colorado but when he heads off in the direction of North Fork, it's pretty obvious that he's going to rob the bank and Lucas is forced to choose between his friendship and his community. Written by garykmcd

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A robbery Foiled
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THE RIFLEMAN – One went to Denver - 1959

This is the 25th episode from the 1958 to 1963 western series, THE RIFLEMAN. Over the course of 168 episodes we follow the life of Lucas McCain and his son, Mark. They have moved to the small western town of North Fork where they hope to start a new life. Chuck Connors headlines the series with Johnny Crawford as his son. Connors is a world class hand with a Winchester rifle which of course ends up getting him in no end of trouble.

A gang of outlaws led by, Richard Anderson, are planning to hit the North Fork bank when a large cash shipment arrives. The gang, Jack Kruschen, Ben Morris and John Goddard ride into North Fork to take up positions for the raid. Anderson rides off to visit an old friend, Chuck Connors. Connors and Anderson had been friends back when they were teenagers.

There is a fair amount of backslapping and tall tales traded around the table as the two talk of old times. Connors knows that Anderson has taken up the gun and is a wanted man. But, as long as he is just riding through he says nothing. Anderson tells Connors that he is turning over a new leaf and heading for Denver.

The next morning Anderson saddles up early and heads for North Fork. He intends to meet with his men and nail the bank's cash vault at opening. Things however do not go off as planned. The bank has hired an extra guard, Lewis Charles, who is hidden inside the bank. When Anderson's crew hit the tellers and demand the cash, Lewis blows away the first man. Then Sheriff Paul Fix knocks the second man down with a blast from his shotgun. The third bites the dirt trying to join in.

While all this is going on, Connors, who had ridden in to North Fork just after Anderson, is keeping Anderson covered in the saloon. He knew that Anderson was not heading for Denver. He had rode in to make sure and had found Anderson about to join in the robbery. After the other gang members have been eliminated, Connors hands Anderson over to Sheriff Fix. Friend or not, Anderson was planning harm to Connor's town.

A pretty sharp looking episode with some nicely handled violence. The reason for this is the great talent behind the camera. Direction is handled by big screen film-noir veteran, Lewis Allen. Allen helmed a whole series of well-done noir that included, DESERT FURY, SO EVIL MY LOVE, CHICAGO DEADLINE, APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER, ILLEGAL, A BULLET FOR JOEY and SUDDENLY.

Handling the cinematography reins is another noir veteran, George Diskant. His work includes, DESPERATE, RIFFRAFF, PORT OF NEW YORK, THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, BEWARE MY LOVELY, BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND DAWN, THE NARROW MARGIN,KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL and ON DANGEROUS GROUND.


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