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: I was just admiring that rifle of yours. I don't believe I've ever seen a finer one!
Lucas McCain: I like it.
Johnny Cotton: So much so, you don't carry a handgun?
Lucas McCain: Each man to his own.
Johnny Cotton: What do you got against pistols, McCain?
Lucas McCain: Nothing. They may come in handy for some men. I'm a rancher. I use my gun for hunting animals, not men!
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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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Good acting in this entertaining program.
8 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lucas and Mark are riding back to North Fork on a stage which also is carrying a wanted man named Johnny Cotton. During a lunch break, two of Cotton's friends shoot a law man to free their friend. Before riding off, Cotton decides to rob the strong box and also to take all of Lucas's money and his prize rifle. Needles to say this is not going to sit well with Lucas.

With Mark safely back on the stage to North Fork, Lucas sets after the three on foot. Because of the rocky conditions, Lucas is able to overtake he men on horseback and without any weapon plans on getting his money and rifle. And with Cotton bullying his comrades, Lucas just might have a chance.

This was a nice story that was well acted by all involved. Vic Morrow, Leo Gordon and Greg Walcott were 'as-good-as-you-can-get' when it comes to villains and their acting shown bright in this episode.

Note- this may not be odd to some, but when Mark is put on the stage back to North Fork, Lucas tells the driver to take him to Ms Palmer's place and she will care for him. This is the first and only time we hear of Ms Palmer in the entire series. Mark usually stays with Hattie.

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