The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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The Deadly Wait 

Dan Maury, a criminal arrested by Micah Torrance, returns from five years in prison determined to avenge himself upon the town marshal.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mark McCain
Frank Sweeney
Doc Burrage
Dan Maury


Lucas McCain arrives in North Fork to find the streets deserted and Marshal Micah Torrance standing a lone vigil across the street from the saloon. Inside is Dan Maury, an ex-convict who has been released from prison after serving five years and he's out to get Micah, the man who put him there. Lucas takes the bull by the horns and forces him out of town but Maury wounds him at the ranch and soon Micah is completely on his own to defend himself. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

24 March 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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At about 15:20 the camera shows a street scene in Northfork at night.The lantern or "street light" in the foreground clearly shows a modern style incandescent bulb inside. See more »


[first lines]
[Lucas rides down an ominously deserted street]
Lucas McCain: What's going on, Micah?
Marshal Micah Torrance: Dan Maury's in there.
Lucas McCain: I thought you sent him to Yuma prison five years ago.
Marshal Micah Torrance: I did, but they let him out. Cripplin' my arm five years ago wasn't bad enough - now he's here to kill me.
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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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Lee Van Cleef in this episode- and you can guess he is not a good guy
6 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dan Maury (Lee Van Cleef) makes his way to North Fork to cause trouble for Marshal Micah Torrance. Seems that Micah placed Dan Maury in jail a few years ago but for some reason has been released. Dan Maury was the man that crippled Micah's arm during the arrest and imprisonment. And now Dan is back in North Fork to get revenge.

But before that can happen Lucas has an encounter with Maury and advises him to leave town. This does not set well with Maury, and he shows up at the McCain ranch and shoots Lucas. Much to the chagrin of Dan Maury Lucas survives the shooting thus making it more of a conflict.

Now Dan Maury is sitting in the saloon for hours just waiting for Micah to make a mistake. Once the mistake happens it is clear that Dan Maury is going to kill Micah for his past arrest. This will be the main plot of the script as we see Micah and an injured Lucas trying to stop Maury for taking revenge. And soon it will come down to Micah facing Maury in a showdown on the streets of North Fork.

Lee Van Cleef is again excellent as he portrays the hatred villain. He is so good as being the bad villain that you have to like him as an actor. A good episode for viewers.

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