The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 12

The Angry Gun (23 Dec. 1958)

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While traveling back to North Fork on the stage after selling their herd, Lucas and Mark are sharing the stage with a Marshal and his prisoner Johnny Cotton. When they stop to water the ... See full summary »


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While traveling back to North Fork on the stage after selling their herd, Lucas and Mark are sharing the stage with a Marshal and his prisoner Johnny Cotton. When they stop to water the horses, some of Cotton's friends are lying in wait. Cotton steals the money Lucas got for the cattle and his rifle. He sends Mark on with the stage but tracks the robbers as best he can given that he doesn't have a horse or a weapon. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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23 December 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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When McCain is tracking Johnny Cotton & Abe Jordan he sees them from above on top of a cliff as outlaws are riding below. he pushed a few (10-15) rocks over the ledge and all of a sudden it turns into a major landslide much wider than where McCain was pushing. The rocks in the landslide are darker and much larger (and more numerous) than what McCain had pushed. In addition, it is not the same cliff when the larger rocks are shown. See more »


Johnny Cotton: That's a fine lookin' rifle your pa's got there! I don't think I've ever seen a lever action quite like that one.
Mark McCain: My Pa made it himself.
Johnny Cotton: What's it used for?
Mark McCain: That's alright what it's for! My Pa's the best shot in the world!
Lucas McCain: Mark, I told you not to brag so much on that.
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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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Great episode
13 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's great from beginning to end! I especially like Lucas/Mark/Johnny conversation. I love how Lucas says he uses his rifle to shoot animals and not me, yet how many animals did we actually see him kill? Hmmmm....I think he killed a fake-looking bear in one episode, but did he really kill any other animals? Oh yes...the wolf! The rest of the time, it WAS indeed used to fight men!

And the way Mark was talking to Johnny...I'm surprised Lucas sat there and let him talk that way, outlaw or not...He was being sort of smart eliky and rude...but Lucas was tired, maybe Mark had given him some other problems before the trip...

Oh, and you have to love how Lucas just takes off after those men without a gun just like he did in Home Range.

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