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





Release Date:

2 October 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Intense desert scene looked real.
18 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have this DVD but I ignored this episode because it sounded boring looking at the short description. It seemed like someone was always left in the desert so I passed on it until I saw Dinky's review of it, so I watched. Must have been made for women like me. I liked it because the Rifleman was shirtless. It was so intense and mean having him hang by his wrists though and being roughed up and basically being used as a leaning post for the bad guy to talk in his ear for a few minutes. But it gave me a nice closeup view of his chest. Good enough for me. As a story though it was pretty basic for being so many years into the show. My impression was this was the point the show was in trouble, so they came up with the idea of near killing the hero. Lots of shows do that when viewership drops off...they put in hero in some horrible turmoil, and that had to be what they were thinking when they made this episode. But back then the sexiest thing you could do I suppose was have a shirtless scene. I see that in so many westerns. It makes me laugh though when the music gets dramatic and the only thing you see is his tied wrists. I guess that was really considered a horrible situation back then, vs. the blood and guts of today's TV

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