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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The characters played by James Drury ,R.G Armstrong and Warren Oates in Sam Peckinpah's film 'Ride the High Country' had their genesis in the roles Peckinpah wrote for them here. See more »


[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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Introduction of Micah Torrance
7 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode begins as the Sheltin brothers along with another rider named Lloyd Carpenter enter North Fork looking for Micah Torrence. Long ago Micah was a famous lawman and went against the Sheltin family. Now the brothers are looking to take their revenge against the former Marshal.

But time has not been good for Micah. He lost use of his shooting arm and quit law-enforcement. Now days Micah is a drunk that rambles from town to town until his welcome is worn. But when Lucas comes across Micah, he offers him a job at the ranch. And with the Sheltin brothers out to kill Micah, Lucas is going to have to teach Micah that he has to stand up for himself instead of giving up.

An enjoyable episode that introduces the new Marshal to the North Fork family. It is always nice to see where the main character of a series originated. This episode gives us a starting point for the Marshal that will continue throughout the series run. Nice watch.

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