The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 33

The Money Gun (12 May 1959)

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Lucas McCain is none too pleased to see that Tom King is in town. King is a former lawman who always took 'dead or alive' to mean dead and acted accordingly. This time around, he's in town ... See full summary »



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Lucas McCain is none too pleased to see that Tom King is in town. King is a former lawman who always took 'dead or alive' to mean dead and acted accordingly. This time around, he's in town as a contract killer however having been hired to kill Oat Jackford, a bully of a man who many in town would love to see dead. King has a reputation that sends chills down most men's spines but Jackford's approach to dealing with if nothing if not unorthodox. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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12 May 1959 (USA)  »

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Tom King calls Oat Jackford 'old man'. In real life John Dehner was four years older than Bert Freed. See more »


Bystander at auction also played the bartender but with a mustache. See more »


Micah Torrance: You rode with Tom King?
Lucas McCain: Once, as a deputy.
Tom King: But he didn't seem to take to it. I tried to teach him. Old Luke just didn't understand that "dead or alive" meant dead to the law. Saves time and money.
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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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A hired gunman arrives to take care of some business.
3 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes where the story is so interesting that time flew by and before you knew it, the show was over. But when you have fine actors and a entertaining script then it is easy to see why this series is one of the better westerns on TV.

In this episode a local hard nose rancher, Oat Jackford (Bert Freed), happens to be the most disliked man in the city of North Fork. When he roughs up Asa Manning for owing him money, Asa is going to make sure that he takes care of Jackford. Asa hires a former bounty hunter Tom King (John Dehner) to kill Jackford and rid the town of the rancher.

Tom King's reputation is well known and Micah and Lucas try to talk the gunman into leaving town. But the money has already been paid and now everyone is set for a gunfight that is to take place on the outskirts of town.

A well written and well performed show. This program was so tightly done that it felt like the episode had just began when the closing credits hit the screen. Another enjoyable offering.

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