The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 4

The Marshal (21 Oct. 1958)

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In North Fork, Lucas McCain meets Micah Torrence, now a drunk but at one time considered one of the ablest lawmen in the territory. He admits he lost his nerve and it led him to a life of ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Flory Sheltin (as Robert Wilke)
Bill Quinn ...


In North Fork, Lucas McCain meets Micah Torrence, now a drunk but at one time considered one of the ablest lawmen in the territory. He admits he lost his nerve and it led him to a life of drink. Lucas offers him a job as a ranch hand and uses a tough-love approach to get him to sober up. The Shelton brother ride into town looking to get even with Micah who jailed them 10 years before. Lucas is lured into a trap but it's Micah who comes to his rescued. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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21 October 1958 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Lloyd Carpenter: Just hold up, boys. I had it easy in my mind we was headed for Baesore.
Andrew Sheltin: Well, you see Lloyd, we ain't never been to Northfork.
Flory Sheltin: Fact of the matter is we heard talk that Micah Torrance was headed there. We've been aimin' to do him in as you well know.
Lloyd Carpenter: And I thought we was going to make us a pot of money in the cattle business.
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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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Micah Torrance
10 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maybe this would have been a good title. Of course, this is the episode Micah Torrance becomes Marshal. I only have a few comments:

On the old Marshal: He was stupid. I'll put that plain and simple. He didn't realize James Drury's character was with the others? They rode in together. They came into the hotel together. They were in the saloon together. Why did he act so shocked when he realized who he was...Also, Uncle Fred just blurted out where Micah was. As a marshal, shouldn't he have been a bit curious and a bit less informative then he was? No wonder he got killed!

On Lucas/Micah: It's established here that they need each other. Micah needs Lucas for peace of mind, encouragement, and strength. Lucas needs Micah to help him with his short fuse and to keep him from doing something stupid. Micah tried to warn him in the barn, yet Lucas felt he HAD to trust the stranger and ride on into town. If you ask me, the Rifleman was sure being a bit stupid in this episode - riding into town like he did...Good thing he had Micah!

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