The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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The Retired Gun 

A notorious gunfighter gets married and promises his new wife that he will take off his guns and begin a new life. However, a gang of outlaws who hear that he is in the area try to persuade him to break that promise and throw in with them.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Lucas McCain
Mark McCain
Marshal Micah Torrance
Wallace Earl Laven ...
Clair Wheatley Carney (as Eileen Harley)
Owny Kincaid
Duke Snider ...
Jeff Wallace
Joseph Mell ...
Sam Moody (as Joe Mell)
Herman Rudin ...
Morgan Bailey
Wes Carney


Lucas McCain is happy when one of his late wife's closest friends, Clair Wheatly Carney, arrives in North Fork looking to settle down. she has only recently married Wes Carney who at one time had quite a reputation as a gunslinger. Wes has hung up his guns however and he and Clair buy the local feed store that is up for sale. His reputation lives on however and there is a group of troublemakers in town who are continually trying to call him out. He resists their constant badgering and bullying as he has promised his wife never to strap on his guns again. When a man is killed however and only Marshal Micah Torrance and Lucas seem prepared to stand up to the killer does Wes have to decide if he will stand with them or simply be an onlooker. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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20 January 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Renowned Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder Duke Snider plays Wallace. See more »


When Wes is shot in the shoulder in front of the saloon, Claire comes running up to the wounded Wes. Claire has to avoid an older man on the street to get to Wes. When the camera angle changes, Claire has arrived at Wes' side but now the same old man is just coming out of the doors of the saloon. See more »


Clyde Bailey: He ain't wearing an apron. He's hiding behind one.
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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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We learn from any western- a gunfighter can never retire.
17 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

In this episode we get a classic western tale of a gunfighter that wants to change his ways and settle down for a life away from guns. But as most all stories with the same theme, there is really no way for the gunfighter to suddenly changes his spots without coming to face with his past.

Wes Carney is the gunfighter that has meet a young beautiful girl named Clair. Wes marries the young girl with the understanding that his gunfighting days are over. It just so happens that Clair use to be the best friend of Lucas's wife and she comes into North Fork to seek advise from Lucas.

They decide to buy a feed and grain store and just melt back into society. That is all very good until an old adversary, Owny Kincaid, finds out that Wes is living in North Fork. In no time, Owny has four other foes of Wes just waiting to take the former fighter down. It will be up to Micah and Lucas to help the town get rid of the killers on the streets.

Since this plot has been played out so many times in nearly all western shows, it was nearly obvious what was going to transpire early in the episode. This left little to the imagination for the viewer as they await the anticipated climax to beginning. Nothing really wrong with the script but it was just to routine.

I will agree with another reviewer that the gunfight scene was poorly fashioned. You have five villains, at close range, shooting at three citizens and the most the citizens received was a mild wound. With bullets flying, they could not even inflict injury on Micah that was standing like a large piece of plywood on the streets and less than ten feet away. Oh well, it is all part of the TV magic we all accept when watching any series. -- Even with little suspense, this was still above average watch.

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