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THE RIFLEMAN Grasshopper 1960 Chuck Connors headlines this 1958 to
1963 western series that ran for 168 episodes. Connors is a world class
hand with a Winchester rifle.
Connors and son, Johnny Crawford are taking a train ride to visit some family. On board the train is Richard Devon, a convicted killer on his way to be hanged for murder. Devon and Connors know each other from a run in they had years before. Also on the train is retired lawman, Arthur Hunnicutt.
Soon joining the train are two rather unsavoury types, Joe Bassett and James Anderson. They are here to spring Devon. Guns are pulled with the Marshal escorting Devon being killed. Devon is also badly wounded.
Devon swears he will kill all the passengers if Connors does not tend to his wounds. Connors agrees to do so if Devon will release the hostages. Devon agrees but of course does not hold up his end of the deal. He intends to kill Connors son, Crawford.
Ex-lawman Hunnicutt manages to pull out his rifle which he had in his luggage, and tosses it to Connors. Rounds are exchanged with the bad types going down for the count. Devon is recaptured. At the next stop, Devon is handed over to the law for his date with the hangman.
More or less the whole episode happens on one set and is handled with ease by former big screen director, Lewis Allen. Allen is well known to noir fans as the helmsman on, CHICAGO DEADLINE, APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER and DESERT FURY.
Lucas and Mark take a train ride where it just so happens they are
taking a prisoner named Nathaniel Cameron on the same train and also
the same train car. Seems like Lucas and Cameron has a history when
Cameron tried to kill Lucas many years ago.
Cameron has a buddy on the train that is going to help him escape but an odd thing happens when the train has to stop because of locust swarm that has greased the track and the wheels cannot get traction. And at this most undesirable time is when Cameron makes a break for escaping. With the train at a stand still Cameron threatens to kill one person every few minutes if the train does not start moving, that includes Mark.
A nice show that had some odd events. But even with the grasshoppers and the mountain man claiming to be more than he really was-- it was a good show.
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