The Rifleman: Season 3, Episode 18

The Actress (24 Jan. 1961)

TV Episode  |   |  Family, Western
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Lucas fulfills the dying wish for an old friend.



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Episode cast overview:
Marshal Micah Torrance (credit only)
Morris Ankrum ...
Jacob Black
Ralph Moody ...
Doc Burrage (as Ralph R. Moody)
Charles Tannen ...
Joe Benson ...
Mills (as Joe E. Benson)
Diana Millay ...
Elizabeth Garrett Black


With friend and neighbor Jacob Black on his death bed, Lucas sets out to fulfill his one dying wish, that he be reunited temporarily with his wife Elizabeth. Lucas sets off on his journey and finds her working as a singer in a saloon. She's quite pretty but has little interest in Jacob's dying wish. Lucas forces her to come along hoping she may soften her views by the time they get to North Fork. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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24 January 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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We learn that everyone has their faults
25 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lucas's crusty older neighbor, Jacob Black, is injured in an accident and the doctor is not sure that he is going to live. Jacob reveals that he got married a few weeks ago and ask Lucas if he can go bring her to his bedside. Lucas has to ride three days away from North Fork to pick up the woman but he makes a promise to Jacob to deliver his wife.

When Lucas gets to the location, he finds a young woman that is more happier in dance halls than being in a farm town. The lady, Elizabeth, at first refuses to go but Lucas forces her to see her dying husband.

On the way back to North Fork, Elizabeth puts some moves on Lucas. But Lucas, being the man he is, rejects the advances saying that she is a married woman. When they arrive in town Liz meets Jacob right before he dies. But it seems that she is not the only one playing a part.

The story was lacking and not interesting until something happens right near the end. A twist by the writers make an otherwise uninteresting script stunning. It takes the entire episode to get to the point but it was worth the watch. As we learn everyone has faults.

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