Seven escaped prisoners terrorize the town of North Fork. The leader has a personal grudge against Lucas McCain that he must settle before leaving the town.



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Episode cast overview:
Helen Beverly ...
May Sweeney
Hal John Norman ...


Seven convicts are being transferred from the Mexico State Penitentiary to Yuma. They escape, but their leader, Dorf, garners a severe response from Lucas when he tries to grab Mark. The escapees rampage through North Fork and take a Sweeney, the bartender, hostage. A vindictive Dorf demands that Lucas surrender himself, or they will kill Sweeney. Sweeney's wife begs Lucas to help. Lucas must either agree to walk into the middle of the street unarmed, or risk Dorf carrying out his threat to murder Sweeney. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Family | Western




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11 October 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Final series appearance of Hattie Denton, played by Hope Summers. Later in the season it is revealed Hattie sold her store to Milly Scott, played by Joan Taylor. Summers had appeared 16 times, while Taylor would appear 18 times. See more »


Lucas McCain: ...a time a town or even a country is really lost is when the people who live in it get careless and stop paying attention to how it's being run...
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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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A very Violent Episode
29 September 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE RIFLEMAN – Seven – 1960

This is episode 79 of the 1958 to 1963 western series that ran for 168 episodes. Chuck Connors headlines as a world class hand with a Winchester rifle. This of course ends up getting him in no end of trouble.

A prison wagon stops in North Fork to make a supply pickup. In the back are seven men on their way to a date with a hangman. Chuck Connors' son, Johnny Crawford, gets a bit too close to the wagon and is grabbed by Don Megowan, one of the prisoners. Connors cracks the guy on the hands with his rifle butt to get him to release Crawford. Megowan swears to get even with Crawford. Connors does not think much of the threat since he knows the prisoners are all for the rope.

As the guards, Paul Sorenson and John Cliff are feeding the prisoners, they are jumped and disarmed. The seven of them quickly head for the general store and arm themselves. They then hit the saloon and take everyone there, hostage.

Megowan wants his pound of flesh from Connors. He threatens to start killing hostages if Connors does not show. Sheriff Paul Fix is out gunned and asks Connors for help. By this time the prisoners have taken on a bit too much liquor and are not all that fast on the draw.

Gunfire splits the night and several of the bad guys go down in a heap. Megowan and Connors end up have a first rate donnybrook in the street before Connors gets the upper hand. The surviving bad guys are soon locked in jail.

A pretty good episode with plenty of violence involved. The 6 foot 7 Megowan makes for a most imposing villain. Also in the cast is Kurt Russell's father, Bing. Bing was a long working bit player in films and television with hundreds of credits.

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