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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Episode cast overview:
Ralph Moody ...
Maurine Dawson ...
Molly Carpenter
Carol Leigh ...
Betty Lind
Charles Harrison ...
Stage Driver
Lee Coyle


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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Family | Western




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22 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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After Lee Coyle (Ed Ames) peeks out the window shade looking at Micah standing in front of the office. When the camera changes and he starts walking across the room, you see the shadow of the boom mic following him across the top of the screen. See more »

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 »

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Story is helped along by actor Ed Ames
19 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though the title of the episode would make a person think this show would be filmed at night (Quiet Night, Deadly Night) all the action occurred during the daylight hours. With that quirk, it still did not take away from an interesting tale.

The story begins when a stagecoach arrives in North Fork with three passengers, two ladies and a man. One of the ladies is running a fever and is taken to the Lou's hotel to be treated by Doc Burrage. The good Doc believes the woman has small pox and quarantines the entire hotel. So we have the three passengers along with Lucas and Lou that will be held in the hotel pending the outcome of the diagnoses.

In the meantime, Micah noted that the male on the coach is a wanted murderer by the name of Lee Coyle (Ed Ames). With this little piece of nugget, Lucas and Lou will be held-up with a known murderer as long as the small pox does not get all of them first.

This is by far not one of the most exciting stories but the show is helped out by the acting ability of Ed Ames. Mr Ames does a nice job of provoking fear into the situation which made for an interesting concept to the story. Add the idea of a contagious disease into the mix and you have a nice plot. Overall a show worth a watch.

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