Lucas loses a calf and suspects a neighbor's foreman. As it's already been branded, he's threatened with rustling if he uses a rope. McCain has another way of cutting the newborn out of the herd, and he doesn't need a rope or his rifle.





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Episode complete credited cast:
Allen Case ...
Cy Parker (as Jim Coburn)
Norv Waggoner
Dick Rich ...
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After one of Lucas McCain's cows calves, the little one is missing and he and Mark trace the missing calf to the Ashfford ranch, run by the foreman Norv Waggoner who has been building up his own herd. There have been rumors about Waggoner's herd growing a bit too fast but Jeremy Ashford, the owner's brother, isn't prepared to stand up to him. It's left to Lucas to find the calf they stole and face Waggoner and his men. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




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16 December 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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When Mark is looking at the suit of armor, that is on a wooden stand, it is facing him. When he knocks the armor over and they go to pick it up off the floor, now the armor is turned 180 degrees from where it was earlier facing away from where Mark is located. See more »


Lucas McCain: Ashford, did you ever hear of the Homestead Act? Six hundred forty acres - yours for usin' it and workin' it. It could be the beginning of a ranch you could call your own.
Jeremy Ashford: I'm not an American citizen.
Lucas McCain: It's a great land - everybody's welcome.
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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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Nobody messes with the McCain cattle.
15 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In another fine show, a small McCain calf has ventured onto a ranch owned by some British upper class and run by a rough foreman named Norv Waggoner. Mr Waggoner decides to take the McCain's calf and add it to his own herd. It just so happens that one of the British kin, Jeremy Ashford, just happens to be visiting the ranch and knows that Waggoner is rustling cattle but is forced to go along with the ruse. When Lucas comes out to talk with Ashford, he advises that he needs to see Waggoner. Needless to say the visit with Waggoner does not go well.

Lucas is bound to get his calf back and takes the mother cow over to Waggoner's herd. In no time they find the calf but Waggoner and his men are not going to let Lucas leave so easily. And things get even more complicated when Mark rides up right in the middle of a gunfight.

There is nothing that is really remarkable about this show. However, the story is a basic western script that is well written and well performed. The one thing you take away from this episode is the special relationship between father and son which made the series so entertaining. Another fine episode in season one.

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