A young man who is hounded by fear of other people moves to the West, hoping the experience will toughen him up.



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Episode cast overview:
Carleton Carpenter ...
Steve Rowland ...
John Milford ...
Printer (as Don Elson)


George is a young man who is hounded by fear of other people. He moves to the West hoping the experience will toughen him up. Instead, he is mocked and beaten by men in a trail outfit. He loses his job as the trail cook, and leaves in disgrace and humiliation. He finds himself in Northfork. There he meets Lucas and Mark, who help him with encouragement, work, and support against vindictive pursuers from the trail outfit. Lucas helps George, and Mark, learn that there are different kinds of fear. George finds that he is not the coward that he thinks he thought he was. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Family | Western




Release Date:

22 December 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While Lucas is getting held and punch the camera shows Mark standing by the wagon with George and he his hair is a mess hanging straight down. But when Mark jumps on one of the cowboys and thrown to the side, Mark's hair has returned to the normal combed and bushed over to the right look. 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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Classic episode that is a staple of the series.
27 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

George Collins is an eastern schooled young man that loves to write. He has decided to move west for adventure. But the meek young man seems scared at whatever he tries to accomplish. After being fired and beaten up as a cook for a cattle-drive he is befriended by Lucas. However this does not stop his problems.

Two cowboys off the cattle-drive come into town and pick up right where they left off by punching the naive George. With George wanting to return to the east Lucas will try to teach the young man lessons of life before the cowboys return.

Another classic 'Rifleman' episode that has a nice moral lesson and a feel good ending. The acting was good and the script well written. This is the type of show that makes the entire series worth watching.

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