The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 16

The Sheridan Story (13 Jan. 1959)

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Lucas McCain hires an bitter ex-Confederate to help him around the ranch. When General Philip Sheridan and his staff stop at McCain's ranch to camp, Lucas is afraid there will be trouble.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lawrence Dobkin ...
William Meigs ...
Maj. Cushman (as Bill Meigs)
Stephen Chase ...
Fritz Ford ...


When an ex-confederate soldier stops by the ranch, Lucas McCain offers him a meal and then a job. Frank Blandon was severely wounded in the war and bad surgery has left him with the use of only one arm. He's still traumatized by those events and occasionally will go off on a rant. Lucas soon welcomes others when General Sheridan arrives looking for a place to spend the night. It turns out that Blandon and Sheridan have met before, though the General has no recollection. It leads to a bit of soul searching on the part of both men. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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13 January 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Union General William T. Sheridan in this story is a combination of two famous Civil War heroes, William T. Sherman and Philip Sheridan. Both men served out west after the Civil War. See more »


Blandon is outside soaking his shirt when Mark gives him a drink, but a few seconds later when Lucas calls for him to come in the house, Blandon's shirt is completely dry. See more »


[last lines]
Mark McCain: Bye, Mr. Blandon! Be sure to come back when you're arm's all well.
Frank Blandon: I sure will.
Lucas McCain: Mark, I want you to tell me somethin' honest. Did you mean what you just said to Blandon?
Mark McCain: Pa, he got me thinkin'... well, you was in the war, too. It could have been you got his arm all shot up.
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Crazy Credits

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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Royal Dano gives a nice acting job in this episode.
16 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this sentimental Civil War story, a wounded confederate veteran, Frank Blandon (Royal Dano,) arrives at the McCain ranch seeking water. Lucas, having served in the Union army, feels remorse for the wounded man and even gives him a job around the ranch doing some odd jobs. Mark on the other hand is repulsed by Blandon's actions and even is horrified by the wound he has received. Mark wants no where near the injured ex-vet.

It just so happens that General William Sheridan, from the Union army, is making an inspection tour in the area. His party rides near the McCain's ranch and Lucas invited them to stay for the evening. This however, is going to cause trouble for Blandon. With some Union officers right outside the barn, Blandon thinks about revenge for the wound that was inflicted and the pain suffered. But more will come out of this meeting when the General and Blandon have more in common that thought.

Royal Dano, who is a regular in western roles, does a nice job of making the story feel personal for the viewer. His acting only enhanced the episode and made for a much better watch. Even though the story had a rather 'fairy tale' ending, it still made for an entertaining show. There is much the viewer has to take for face value but the moral of the story comes though loud and clear. Another good show.

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