The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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The Hangman 

A friend of Lucas is found murdered and robbed. Suspicion falls on an ex-con, and a lynching seems inevitable.



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Episode cast overview:
Lucas McCain
Mark McCain
Marshal Micah Torrance
Volney Adams
Betty Lou Gerson ...
Ellie Aikens
Joe Hannah
Wallace Earl Laven ...
Myrtle (as Amanda Ames)
Eban Muchen


When Lucas rides over to Eban Muchen's ranch to deliver some supplies, he finds Muchen shot to death in his living room and his hired hand, Volney Adams, sitting near him, seemingly dazed. Adams claimed that he heard gunshots from the house and ran in to find Muchen dead and an intruder running away. However, since Adams is an ex-convict, no one in town believes him, and soon people are talking about hanging him, spurred on by a traveling medicine man and the local hangman. Written by

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Family | Western




Release Date:

31 May 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though Richard Deacon, who plays the traveling salesman, has more lines than any other guest actor, for some reason he is uncredited. See more »


Harold Tenner: Let me take one more look at freedom - or what men call freedom.
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Crazy Credits

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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An ex-con is thought to have killed a local rancher- town at lynching mode
15 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode opens up with Eban Muchen being awaken by someone in his house. He yells out at the shadow and is then shot multiple times. In runs his hired hand Volney Adams who finds Muchen dead. Someone then starts running from the room and Volney grabs him but the man is able to get away. The next day Lucas and Mark are riding out to Muchen's farm and find Eban dead and Volney sitting in a chair near a state of shock.

With Volney being an ex-con, he thinks that the people are going to blame him with the death. Sure enough it is not long before words spreads and people are in a uproar about the ex-con killing Muchen. People are already getting prepared for a hanging which also includes the hangman named Harold Tenner.

The episode is interesting from beginning to end. In fact it was so entertaining that the entire show seemed like it just began before the ending was approaching. Well written and nice word of film imagination made this even a better program. Good Show.

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