The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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The Illustrator 

When a famous New York artist is sent to paint a portrait of Hannah Shaw, they find the artist is not longer the person they were requesting. Lucas will try to help the down-on-his-luck artist.



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Episode cast overview:
Lucas McCain
Mark McCain
Marshal Micah Torrance (credit only)
Midge Ware ...
Hannah Shaw
Dayton Lummis ...
Jake Shaw
Ben Travis
Frank Sweeney
Joseph V. Perry ...
Tanner (as Joe Perry)
Jeremiah Crowley


Hannah Shaw is all excited as a New York artist, Jeremiah Crowley, is arriving on the stage. He's come all this way just to paint her portrait but when the stage pulled into town, Crowley rolls out, falling down drunk. She's shocked at what she sees and her father Jake Shaw won't have anything to do with him. Much has happened to Crowley in the three years since Hannah Shaw first met him during a trip back East. He's lost confidence in himself and his abilities and has looked for redemption in the bottom of a bottle. Lucas McCain is acting Marshal and decides to try and help him out. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

13 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Back from the dead, exactly three weeks before Ed Nelson's appearance as Ben Travis in the Illustrator episode was televised, Lucas McCain shot and killed Ed Nelson's character, Stacey Beldon in the November 22nd, 1960 televised episode Dead Cold Cash. See more »

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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Lucas helps out a down-on-his-luck painter.
29 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

A once prized artist, Jeremiah Crowley, from New York is called into North Fork by Jake Shaw to paint his daughter Hannah. But when he arrives on the stage he is a falling down drunk. Jake refuses to let the drunk even get close to his Hannah.

Lucas is serving as Marshal, as Micah is out of town, and he takes it upon himself to try to sober-up and help Crowley. But when a murder happens inside the town, Crowley is the main suspect. The fate of the painter may be sealed.

Not really much to this episode but was interesting enough to watch to the very end. Anytime Midge Ware is a cast member you know there will be plenty of eye-candy in the show. And the beautiful Ms Ware did not let us down.

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