The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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The Sharpshooter 

Lucas is ordered by a murderous town owner to loose a public shooting match, or he will kill his sharpshooting opponent and possibly harm his son Mark.

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Lucas and Mark McCain ride into the town of Northfork with the hope of buying a ranch and settling down. A shooting match is being held and the prize money could help pay for the ranch...but Jim Lewis, the man who 'runs' Northfork, doesn't want Lucas to win. Written by tomtrekp

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30 September 1958 (USA)  »

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At the end of this episode when the doctor comes into the saloon to attend to Dennis Hopper's character, a brief glimpse of Paul Fix--who later played Marshal Micah Torrance--as the doctor can be seen. He has no lines, is uncredited in the scene, and can be missed because he is seen pushing his way through the crowd to get to the bar. See more »

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In the second round of shooting, Vernon is called for "four in the center, one just out." In fact, the fifth shot was touching the center ring and according to shooting rules if it touches the center ring, it is considered in the center ring. See more »

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[first lines]
Wes Tippert: Keep your mouth shut. I'll do the talkin'.
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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 great start for the series
7 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lucas and Mark arrive in North Fork and believe that this is the place to settle down. In order to help raise money for the farm they want to buy, Lucas enters a 'turkey shoot' in town. But North Fork is a town that is controlled by a man, Jim Lewis, that has bet his money on another young shooter, Vernon (played by Dennis Hopper), so he threatens Mark's life so that Lucas will lose the shoot. But it is not over yet.

Jim Lewis has his gang kill Vernon's uncle leaving the young shooter alone. Now Lucas has had enough. He tells Vernon if he does not return from his meeting with Lewis that Mark is his responsibility. Lucas enters the saloon to meet Lewis and his gang.

Great acting all around in this episode. With a near all-star cast, this episode was bound for greatness. The feeling you get from the ending of this show will kick-start the entire series run. Good watch.


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