The Rifleman: Season 2, Episode 18

The Visitor (26 Jan. 1960)

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Lucas finds himself attracted to a young widow who stops in North Fork on her way to claim an inheritance.



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Christine White ...
John Harmon ...
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In order to gain his inheritance, an old man is brutally murdered by his son with the encouragement of his son's wife. Only Ann, the next-in-line for the inheritance, stands in their way. They know that she will be staying at the hotel in North Fork on her way to claim her inheritance. They plan to murder her in her hotel room. Meanwhile, Luke meets Ann as she arrives in town. Luke tells Mark that Ann was best friends with Luke's deceased wife, Mark's mother. He introduces her to Mark, and they quickly become friends. Luke and Ann become attracted to one another, and Luke finds that only he stands between Ann and her death. Written by Charles Delacroix

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26 January 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The man killed at he beginning of the show is Jonathan Dodd played by Ralph Moody. Beginning the following year (1961), Moody played Doc Burrage, a continuing character on the series. See more »

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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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Good chemistry between the actors
3 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To get some kissing scenes with a beautiful woman, Chuck Connors has to write his own episode in the series and actually did a very nice job. The episode begins as an older man is killed by his son in order to get an inheritance. But there is still one person that is set to inherit some of the property and it is none other than a friend of Lucas McCain named Ann Dodd.

Lucas knows Ann from years ago as she was friends with his deceased wife. They have not seen each other for years and she is stopping by North Fork on her way to her Uncle's place. While in North Fork, Lucas is enamored with the beautiful Ann and it seems that she returns the feeling. But while staying at the North Fork hotel, the son of the dead uncle wants to make sure that Ann does not get any of the inheritance. Ann does not know but she is going to be visited by the son with another death on his mind.

An enjoyable episode that the viewer wished would never end. It would have been nice to see Lucas get a woman but I guess the producers wanted this to be a father and son series to the very end. Christine White was excellent as the visiting Ann and the chemistry she had with Chuck Connors was evident on the screen. Another nice watch.

NOTE- some odd dialog. At the very beginning when Mark and Lucas are getting ready to meet the stage, Mark said that he thought they were going fishing that morning. When they meet the stage, Mark all of the sudden has to go to school. --- When Mark and Ann are drying the dishes and Ann says she will stay another day, Mark wants to stay-up saying there is no school tomorrow. Yet when she is leaving on the stage Mark says the teacher let him out early.

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