Lucas shot and killed a man years ago. Now, his son - who is Mark's age - is in North Fork for revenge. After he threatens a gunfight with Mark, Lucas demands him arrested and charged, but Lou Mallory has other plans.





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Billy E. Hughes ...
Gridley Maule, Jr. (as Billy Hughes Jr.)


A young boy no older than Mark, Gridley Maule Jr., shows up in North Fork gunning for Lucas McCain. It seems that Lucas killed the boy's father many years before when the man took a shot at him during a bank robbery. Lucas refuses to get into a gunfight with a kid and Micah throws the boy in jail pending being sent home. Lou thinks all the boy needs is a little discipline combined with TLC for him to mend his ways. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

21 January 1963 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Since it is 1085 miles from Commerce OK (in the far NE corner of Oklahoma) to Douglas, AZ (near the New Mexico/Arizona border); and Gridley claims to have rode a 1000 miles from Oklahoma. That seems to put North Fork in the far South West corner of New Mexico. See more »


I believe this is footage from an earlier show, where Mark was working for Nels Swenson, and he took a shortcut to a customer's ranch and ran into trouble. Lucas was shown running and jumping on his horse with long sleeves just like in this episode. See more »


Lucas McCain: Gridley Maule junior? You pulled a gun on my son. I don't like that, boy.
Gridley Maule: Well now... you must be Lucas McCain. I come to even up the score for my pa. So let's get outside and get it over with.
Lucas McCain: You got a big advantage in bein' young, son. Don't press it.
Gridley Maule: I ain't pressin' it Mister McCain and don't you consider it neither. You comin' out?
Lucas McCain: You're just a little itchy aren't you?
Gridley Maule: Don't stall me. I come a long way for this.
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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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Started out so well-- but then crashed!
7 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here we have an episode that has so much interest when a young kid comes riding into North Fork to take revenge on Lucas McCain for killing his father years ago. The young smart-mouth punk, Gridley Maule (played nicely by Billy E Hughes) challenges Lucas to a gunfight and when Lucas refuses decides to get Lucas to fight him by confronting Mark.

At this point in the show everything is going well. The story is entertaining and full of excitement but then for some reason the writer felt that he needed to make the story appeal to the 7 year old kids in the audience. The story then gets down-right silly and cascades, like a waterfall, into a hole of disinterest by making the punk kid turn into a silly, prank-filled juvenile all by getting girl-slapped by Lou.

As we progress into the last season of the episode it is becoming apparent that the show's writers are having problems coming up with full stories. This is about the fourth episode that is not up to the standards that fans are accustom to seeing from this fine series. Even though the episode ended rather poorly, it gets a better rating all for the fact of the first half acting by Billy E Hughes.

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