The Rifleman: Season 4, Episode 1

The Vaqueros (2 Oct. 1961)

TV Episode  |   |  Family, Western
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In Mexico to buy a seed-bull, Lucas and Mark McCain fall prey to bandits. These bandits strip Lucas of his shirt, hat, and boots. Then they tie him to a tree and leave him to die while they ride off with his kidnapped son.


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Episode cast overview:
Marshal Micah Torrance (credit only)
Ziva Rodann ...
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Than Wyenn ...
Pepe Hern ...
Roberto Contreras ...
Miguel Patrone


Lucas and Mark have traveled deep into Mexico looking to buy a seed bull. They are stopped by a bandito, Miguel, who takes their horses and ties Lucas to a tree for a slow death. Mark is taken prisoner and forced to work for the bandits. Lucas manages to escape and makes his way to a small village who know only too well about Miguel. They nurse Lucas back to health and when Miguel shows up in town with Mark in tow, Lucas has a chance to set things right. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western





Release Date:

2 October 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vaquero, the Mexican word for cowboy, is the source of the English word "buckaroo". See more »


Miguel: We will take everything from you - including your 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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Lucas must find Mark that has been taken by Mexican bandits.
13 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To start off season four, we are given a typical 'Rifleman' episode involving Lucas being left to die and the bandits take off with his son. As always Lucas finds a way to escape and the rest of the show is Lucas determined to find his son, Mark, at any cost.

The only thing that has really changed is the location of the event. Lucas and Mark are in Mexico to buy a bull when some Mexican bandits interrupt their travel. The bandits tie Lucas top a tree and take Mark with them.

As already said, Lucas finds a way to free himself and then is taken in by a nice Mexican family that nurses him back to health. Now Lucas must find where they have taken Mark and get him back.

There is really nothing new in this episode that has not already been done many times in the series. But for a thirty minutes western it still was a nice watch.

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