The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 36

Stranger at Night (2 Jun. 1959)

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Mark comes across the dead body of a stranger. Although the man has no identification on him, he does have a belt with the initials "RM" on it that may provide a clue to his identity.

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While freeing a calf stuck in the underbrush, Mark McCain comes across the body of a stranger. Lucas investigates and find no identification on the dead man but when he checks with Marshal Micah Torrance in North Fork, it appears that he may have been in town the day before. Back at the McCain ranch, Lucas' distant cousin Artemus Quarles is visiting. He's something of a jack of all trades and regales Mark with stories of his years at sea. As Lucas and Micah look for possible suspects, the evidence seems to point to Artemus. Written by garykmcd

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The suspense was over after the first few minutes.
13 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode begins in a rather unique manner as Mark finds a dead man out of the range and rides to the farm to tell his Pa. But from behind a door a man grabs Mark- Surprise! it is a long lost family member named Artemus that actually sounds more British than an old family member of a McCain.

At this point of the show even the most novice viewer will say something is amiss with this Artemus person. A person that talks like a pirate and happens to be around North Fork selling nick-knacks, lights and sirens should have sounded. Why in the world would he be introduced right after Mark has found a dead man a few miles from the house? It just did not seem plausible.

Anyway Micah already has someone in jail that has property belonging to the dead man. So Micah is ready to go to trial on murder charges on the poor guy. But when Lucas gets suspicious about Artemus, Micah could have the wrong man.

Not much thinking for the viewer in this episode. The plot was known and the mystery figured out by the first four minutes of the show. Rather disappointing considering many ways the story could have been more entertaining with just a little creative writing.


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