The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 20

The Deadeye Kid (10 Feb. 1959)

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When a young boy from Brooklyn is accused of murder, Mark, believing the boy's claim of innocence, hides him until he can find the real killer.



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Lucas and Mark McCain take in a 16 year-old Easterner, from New York no less, who having more that his fair share of trouble. Donnel O'Mahoney regales Mark with tall tales of the big city and soon heads off for North Fork, hitching a ride with Jackson, the local freight forwarder. After Jackson kills his partner Cramer, he tell the Marshal that Donnel is responsible and even puts out a bounty on the boy. Lucas joins the posse while Mark heps Donnel cover his tracks at least until Lucas can make sense of what is going on. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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10 February 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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After Jackson shoots Cramer, O'Mahoney gets to the door & throws his bag at Jackson. O'Mahoney then turns to open the door to get out of the office. In the next camera angle, O'Mahoney still has his back to the door & he then turns to open the door. See more »


Donnel O'Mahoney: But what your really want to see, Mark, is the lights. There ain't never no night in the Bowery - there's always somethin' doin', there's always some excitement. You notice that gink, that gink Greeley, he said, "Go West." He stayed in New York!
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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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A routine story-line that still plays out well.
15 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is a typical script that will be the corner stone of most episodes. It all begins when a young New York novice, Don O'Mahoney, comes out west on an adventure to find someone. Along the way he is greeted to rough life that is unlike anything that he has ever experienced. Lucas and Mark run into Don when he is so exhausted that he falls along the road leading to the McCain ranch. He is watered and fed back to health and begins telling Mark about life in the big city. Mark and all ears as he listens to tales about buildings that are ten stories tall.

The next day Lucas puts Don on a wagon toward North Fork with a freight hauler named Jackson. When they arrive at Jackson's work, things turn bad when the boss accuses Jackson of stealing from the company. Jackson ends up shooting the boss with Don as a witness. Don is able to escape but Jackson now tells the entire town that Don was the shooter. A posse, lead by Marshal Torrance, is set on bring the young dandy to justice. Don only has one friend and that is the even younger Mark McCain.

Again this is a typical story-line that will be played many times in the series run. But there is just something special when a person is falsely accused of a crime and the people with the level heads always seemed to be named McCain. Good watch.

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