The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Lucas tries to do a good turn for the town drunk, but things go awry when the man's son mistakenly believes that he is now the owner of Lucas' ranch.



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Episode cast overview:
Mark McCain
Marshal Micah Torrance
Seth Mitchell
Kirby Mitchell
Paul Jasmin ...
Alison Mitchell
Frank Sweeney
Fay Roope ...
Doc Burrage
Matt 'Pop' Simmons
Eddie Halstead (credit only)


Pop, the town drunk, nearing death, asks Lucas to use a ruse to gain his long-estranged son's respect and a visit to him before he dies. Lucas agrees, and soon Pop's son, Philip, a Boston attorney, arrives in Northfork. However, their time together is all too short, for Pop dies. Philip is angered by Pop's ruse, and by the discovery that Pop has left him no material legacy. Philip takes legal action against local folk who had upset Pop before his death, charging them in his father's death. The ensuing conflict becomes a means for Luke to help Philip learn about his father, and thereby gain an unexpected legacy. Written by Charles Delacroix

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town drunk | man crying | rifle | See All (3) »


Family | Western




Release Date:

8 December 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In an outdoor scene, the tall buildings of a twentieth-century city are clearly visible in the background. See more »


Philip Simmons: So many things were left unsaid...
Lucas McCain: They usually are.
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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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A Different Type of Story, But Compelling
23 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Well let's say I was compelled to write a review for this episode. I'm not a Westerns fan but I do enjoy watching The Rifleman, The Cisco Kid, and Bonanza. The Rifleman I especially enjoy because it is a 30 minute program. This particular episode was enjoyable. Fans of the show know that there is always a villain in the episode. But it is a surprise who the "villain" turned out to be. Another reason I wanted to voice my opinion is that the other two reviews for this episode were negative, while you can see, I gave it a 10. It is for the story, the characters and emotions that make it engaging. Sure, more could have been addressed, but for what it is, and released during my birth year of 1959, I couldn't have been more pleased over 50 years later!!!! Cool to see James Franciscus guest in this episode.

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