The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 14

The Gaucho (30 Dec. 1958)

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A hot-tempered Argentinian cowboy along with father and lovely sister, buy a ranch in North Fork. Their foreign ways do not sit well with the local community, especially neighboring rancher Curge Palmer.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Juan Argentez (as Larry Dobkin)
Chana Eden ...
Dennis Cross ...
Harlan Warde ...
Stuart Randall ...
Robert Crawford Jr. ...
Bobby (as Bobby Crawford)
Morris Lippert ...
Montie Montana ...
Lauren Janes ...
2nd Cowboy


Rancher Curge Palmer is none too pleased when he hears that someone has bought a ranch that he had his eye on. He's even less pleased when he meets the purchaser, Juan Argentez, from Argentina. The bigoted Palmer is clearly out to insult Argentez and his children, Nita and Manolo. For his part, Manolo is also a bit of a hothead and doesn't like that Nita is now spending time with Ned Dunnell. Lucas wants Mark to spend time with Manolo and learn that people from other cultures are not necessarily bad. When Ned is found dead however, Curge accuses Manolo of the killing. Written by garykmcd

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rifle | gaucho | foreigner | bolo | See All (4) »


Family | Western




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30 December 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Juan throws his bolos at a calf and ties the back legs of the calf, but when Juan and Mark approach the calf the front legs are tied as well. 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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A great written episode.
8 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a unique and interesting story that is far from the norm. In fact, the story is so refreshing that it holds up today even today.

The story begins when a family from Argentina arrives in North Fork and buys a ranch near the McCain's spread. The family consist of the father, a daughter and a hot-headed son named Manolo. Right when the family arrives there is already bigotry talk lead by a rancher named Curge Palmer.

Mark even joins in on the talk until Lucas intervenes. And now he is going to show Mark that all foreigners are not bad people. So he arranges, with the father, to have Mark ride with Manolo for a few days. This will show Mark that is quick assumption of the people are false.

Meanwhile, the daughter is dating a local man named Ned -which is much to the chagrin of Manolo. Manolo even made threats to Ned if he courts his sister again. When Ned is found with his head beat-in, it is the bigot, Curge Palmer, that knows Manolo is guilty and is ready to ride out and bring him to jail. It will be Lucas that will help Micah out and talk with Manolo.

You may believe that this is a predictable plot that will play out like so many other programs in the series. Hold on to your remote and continue watching cause you are in for a treat. One of the better episodes in the collection.

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