The Rifleman: Season 3, Episode 15

Six Years and a Day (3 Jan. 1961)

TV Episode  |   |  Family, Western
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Mark comes riding into North Fork in a hurry. He has been sent by Lucas to get Dr. Burrage. He knocks, but does not find the doctor in his office. Two strangers who are planning to kill Dr. Burrage are standing nearby.



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Episode cast overview:
John Larch ...
Jack Cooke
James Gavin ...
Lee Marston
Ron Hayes ...
Regina Gleason ...
Sarah Marston
Ralph Moody ...
Doc Burrage (as Ralph R. Moody)
Hal K. Dawson ...
Harley Hannaberry


Mark and Lucas are trying to help the Marstons who are in dire need of medical help. Sarah Marston is about to give birth and it isn't going to be easy. When Mark goes to North Fork to fetch Doc Burrage, he learns that he is out of town and won't be back until the nest morning. Two men follow Mark back to the McCain ranch and take everyone prisoner. They mean them no harm but it's clear that they want North Fork's doctor dead and plan on waiting until he arrives the next morning. Lucas wants to get a midwife to help out but can't leave and it's not clear that Sarah will last until morning. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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3 January 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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John Larch was excellent in this nice story.
15 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lee and Sarah Marston end up at the Lucas ranch and Sarah is in a bad way with a baby. She had fallen off a wagon and now it having problem with the baby and it does not look good for the baby or Ms Marston. They need a doctor but Doc Burrage is out of town and will not be back till morning and a neighbor will send him out to the McCain ranch when he gets back.

It just so happens that two men, Jack Cooke (John Larch) a former surgeon and a hired gunman named Bruce, are also waiting on the doctor and will now go to the McCain house and wait for Burrage in order to kill him. Jack Cooke lost his license to practice medicine when he was drunk during a procedure. Doc Burrage testified against the former surgeon and now Cooke is out for revenge. With Ms Marston nearly at death, there is only one doctor that can help but only if Lucas can sober the former surgeon up before she loses the baby or her life.

A nice show that was made better by the performance of John Larch. Mr Larch was excellent as the drunk doctor that felt the entire world was against him. His performance turned an otherwise routine script into a nice show. Good watch.

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