The Rifleman: Season 4, Episode 1

The Vaqueros (2 Oct. 1961)

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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





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2 October 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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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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THERE WILL BE BLOOD !! (kind of ...)
15 April 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I sometimes stumble upon reruns of THE RIFLEMAN on Sunday mornings on AMC and caught this episode last weekend (april 2013). I saw it had Martin Landau bringing his usual great talent and energy to his role as a Mexican bandit, so I kept watching ... and something kept coming to my mind : - Jesus ! He reminds me of someone else I've seen recently ... But WHO ??? This kept bugging me until the end of the episode and then it finally hit me : That's it !! HE LOOKS AND ACTS EXACTLY LIKE DANIEL DAY LEWIS IN ''THERE WILL BE BLOOD!! !! It's totally uncanny ! He acts the same crazy way, speaks the same way, looks exactly like him, etc.

Watch and be amazed !

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