The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 31

The Angry Man (28 Apr. 1959)

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Although his son has been seriously hurt in an accident, one of Lucas' neighboring ranchers refuses to let him have medical assistance, and because of that the boy may well die.


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Kim Charney ...
Fritz Ford ...
George Mathews ...


Lucas and Mark McCain have a new neighbor in the form of Abel MacDonald and his son Carey. The elder MacDonald is not very friendly ordering them off of his land which he has just acquired as a homesteader. Mark and Carey become friendly however and he learns the MacDonalds lost everything due to his late mother's excessive doctors bills. When Carey has a serious accident, Abel refuses to let Doc Burrage anywhere near the boy. It's left to Lucas to act or the boy will die. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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28 April 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Edgar Buchanan, after five shows, makes his last appearance as Doc Burrage. See more »


After the boy is injured, Doc Burrage comes over to the McCain ranch. Right before the scene they show the McCain house with heavy smoke coming out of the chimney. But while talking inside there is no fire in the fireplace. See more »

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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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Lucas has to teach a nasty neighbor that everyone is not evil
13 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this entertaining episode, Lucas and Mark have a new neighbor. Mr Able MacDonald and his young son Carey- who happens to be right around Mark's age. But there is a problem, it seems Mr MacDonald hates everyone he meets includes Lucas McCain.

However we learn in the episode that Mr MacDonald has had a rough life and it seems that he takes it out on everyone including his young son. With Mark and Carey becoming friends, his father is bound to keep the McCain's away from the land at all cost, including risking his son's life.

Even though the writers let Lucas takes some liberties in this episode it was still a nice way to spend thirty minutes of TV. The show was entertaining to the very end. Good watch.

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