The Rifleman: Season 5, Episode 4

Quiet Night, Deadly Night (22 Oct. 1962)

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After a woman on the stage comes down sick, the hotel occupants - including Lucas and Lou - are quarantined because of suspected small pox. They soon discover there is a wanted man among them.

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When the stagecoach arrives in North Fork with two young women aboard destined to work in Lou Mallory's hotel, one of them is gravely ill. Doc Burrage suspects that she may have smallpox and quarantines himself, Lou, Lucas and the two girls to the confines of the hotel. Also quarantined is a man who was riding on the stage, Lee Coyle. Marshal Torrance recognizes Coyle as a wanted man and someone who is quite dangerous. As they await word as to whether smallpox serum might be available from a nearby town, tensions rise leading to a confrontation between Lucas and Coyle. Written by garykmcd

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A Killer and the Pox
2 March 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE RIFLEMAN –Quiet Night, Deadly Night - 1962

This is the 146th 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.

The stage arrives in North Fork and one of the passengers is sick. The local doc, Ralph Moody is summoned. He has the woman carried into the nearby hotel. While this is happening, Sheriff Paul Fix thinks he recognizes one of the other passengers. He hits his office for a quick look through the wanted posters. Bingo! The man, Ed Ames, is wanted for several murders. Fix grabs his shotgun and returns to the stage.

Now doc Moody comes out and warns everyone except those on the stage to leave. The sick woman has the pox. Everyone on the stage and anyone who touched the woman need to be quarantined. This includes Chuck Connors, who had carried the sick woman into the hotel. Ames turns to leave but finds Sheriff Fix blocking his way with a levelled shotgun. Fix has Connors disarm Ames and escort him inside. Fix then places armed men around the quarantined hotel.

Doc Moody has Fix telegraph for a new pox serum. He then makes the woman as comfortable as possible. Ames helps himself to a bottle of whiskey and bides his time. He intends to make a break for it as soon as he can. He manages to toss a glass of whiskey in Connors' eyes and retrieve his own gun. Now it is Ames who must be on guard while Connors waits for an opportunity to make the odds even. This of course presents itself and Ames gets his just desserts.

Ed Ames was a singer, The Ames Brothers, who moved to acting and would score big in the long running DANIEL BOONE series. He played the role of Mingo in that series.


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