The Rifleman: Season 3, Episode 23

The Lost Treasure of Canyon Town (28 Feb. 1961)

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The Newman's are still living in the town where Micah grew up. Their plan to strike it rich are smothered by a long forgotten family secret - which Mark is about to uncover.



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Episode cast overview:
William Fawcett ...
Mr. Newman
Robert Foulk ...
Herbert Newman
Mickey Finn ...
James Newman


Returning home to North Fork Lucas, Mark and Marshal Micah Torrance take a slight detour so Micah can visit the town in which he grew up. At one time it was a thriving mining community but as the ore was mined out, people moved away and it's not much more that a ghost town now. He's surprised to run into old Mr. Newman and his son Herbert who remember Micah from when he was young. They've staying on in town and are the only ones left. There is something odd about the mines however and Mark keeps seeing shadows that his father initially puts down to an active imagination but soon prove to be something else. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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28 February 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The plot made little sense but the viewer still has to watch
29 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this episode in my childhood and being scared by the script. The ghost town ,the old men, the skeleton- it all was freaky. But today as I watch the show I remember more about the ending when Lucas tells Mark that they are indeed rich.

Micah wants to visit a mining town where he grew up that now has become a ghost town. So Lucas and Mark ride along as they enter a town that is only occupied by a older man, Mr Newman, and his son Herbert. But from the very beginning we believe there is someone else in the town. However the only person that notices this fact is Mark. Lucas and Micah tells Mark that it is the wind or the old town playing tricks.

Now here comes the freaky part, Mr Newman use to have three sons. However due to a cave-in at the mine he lost two of his sons and the only one that escaped was Herbert. When Mark gets lost in the mine he stumbles on a skeleton after being chased by a unknown person. Lucas finally finds Mark and notices that the dead man had been stabbed. All of the sudden a hairy man jumps from the shadows and attacks Lucas. There is a secret in the town that has been hidden from Mr Newman for many years.

The story really did not make much sense but the interest in who was the other person in town keeps the viewer watching. When the story ends not much has really been changed but we do get a regular nice conversation between Lucas and Mark to end the show.

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