The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 12

The Angry Gun (23 Dec. 1958)

TV Episode  |   |  Family, Western
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 40 users  
Reviews: 3 user

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 »


0Check in

Fall TV: 15 Returning TV Shows Worth Binge Watching

Which returning shows do we recommend binging on? We've picked out 15 great options for you. Read this and more lists in our Fall TV section.

Read our list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 59 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
list image
a list of 5 titles
created 17 Aug 2013
list image
a list of 1548 titles
created 8 months ago
list image
a list of 168 titles
created 1 week ago

Related Items

Search for "The Angry Gun" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Angry Gun (23 Dec 1958)

The Angry Gun (23 Dec 1958) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Rifleman.
« Previous Episode | 12 of 168 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode complete credited cast:
Leo Gordon ...
Harry Hickox ...
Joe Quinn ...
Kathleen Mulqueen ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Family | Western




Release Date:

23 December 1958 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


When Johnny Cotton gets the jump on McCain from atop a high area on rocks he is setting with his right knee up and left left flat on the rock. When the shot goes to a close up both knees were up. In addition from afar he says "Hi McCain" though his lips do not move. 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.
See more »

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Fed up with METV keenakaur
Millie Scott keenakaur
Oh No Not the Rifleman Too robert4770
About how many people did Lucas kill? jtalknow
I just love this show... paintedponi-1
The rattlesnake episode djewell715
Discuss The Angry Gun (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page