When Lucas refuses to sell his land to Mr. Prescott, he hires men to try to change his mind But no matter what challenges are thrown at him, he refuses. Even Lou and Mark don't understand his refusal.




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Episode cast overview:
Marshal Micah Torrance (credit only)
Willard Prescott
Dave Rankin
Henry Madden ...
Hal Spencer
Phil Carver


With the railroad fast approaching North Fork, Lucas finds himself under pressure to sell his ranch to Willard Prescott, a land speculator. He's offered Lucas a bribe and when it's refused, makes it clear that he has every intention of getting the land one way or another. Mark and Lou don't quite understand why Lucas just doesn't sell up as the money he's been offered is generous and would allow him to buy land nearby. Lucas however will stand his ground, even when Prescott shows up with his armed thugs. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

3 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Prescott and his roughs go to the McCain ranch to assault Lucas, they place Mark in a shed. When Mark is placed in the shed he is wearing a white looking shirt. But when they show him beating on the locked door he is wearing a blue coat. When he comes out he is wearing the light shirt again. See more »


[speaking of Lucas McCain]
Willard Prescott: He doesn't know the meaning of the word "beg."
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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 »

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A valuable lesson in home ownership
17 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lucas has to flex his muscles in the episode where a land prospector, Mr Prescott, is buying up ranches in the area. The idea is to buy the land and then sell it to the railroad for a nice profit. The problem is that Lucas McCain is unwilling to sell.

Mr Prescott pressures McCain with money, fire and then outright physical violence. And the plot is if Lucas will fall to the pressure or stand tall to his ideas. And with Mark, Lou and other landowners wanting Lucas to settle it will be a hard fought situation for the Rifleman.

In the end Mark will get taught a valuable lesson in home ownership and as always the show will provide good moral values for the viewer. Good watch.

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