The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 38

Outlaw's Inheritance (16 Jun. 1959)

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The townspeople of North Fork begin to get suspicious when Lucas is named as the beneficiary in the will of an infamous outlaw.


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Episode complete credited cast:
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Dave Stafford comes to town looking to establish himself in North Fork. He's friendly and affable and is generally well-liked by everyone, including Lucas McCain. What no one knows is that Stafford has been sent there to make sure that North Fork doesn't get a planned railroad spur but that it go to a competing town. Stafford is hoping to be sent as the town's delegate to the railroad to plead their case but Lucas is chosen instead. The townsfolk begin to reconsider their decision when Lucas inherits $500 from a notorious outlaw. Written by garykmcd

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Did You Know?


In this and many episodes, Lucas McCain is wearing Wrangler jeans as depicted by the W on the back pockets and the rivets on the pockets. While the series was set in the 1880s, Wrangler jeans were not invented until 1947. See more »


Lucas McCain: Mark, money is nothing but paper and green ink. The thing that gives it value is how its earned. Now an outlaw's money is never earned. Not the kind we want.
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Crazy Credits

Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his riffle and then stares into the camera. See more »


Featured in Pioneers of Television: Westerns (2011) See more »

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A spy is sent to North Fork to discredit Lucas.
13 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode there are two towns competing for the railroad to build through their town. However the town that is vying against North Fork has sent a mole to make sure that their chances will be much better.

Dave Stafford, a likable man by many, is sent into North Fork as the mole that claims to have connections with the railroad. He wants to be chosen as the man that will represent North Fork in the dealings of the railroad but really is working for the other town. But when Lucas is chosen instead of Dave a new direction has to be made.

A man enters North Fork with the last Will and Testament of a familiar train robber named Wade Joyner. The robber leaves $500 to Lucas McCain. Now the townsfolk are leery about sending Lucas to meet with the railroad.

There really is nothing remarkable about this episode but it was still a classic nice story. This is a plot that is played out in about every show since the beginning of TV, yet placing the story in the town of North Fork still made it interesting. Good watch.

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