The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Day of the Hunter 

A famous old frontiersman, with a reputation as the best rifleman around, challenges Luke to see who's really the best with a rifle.




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Episode complete credited cast:
... Lucas McCain
... Mark McCain
... Marshal Micah Torrance
... Hardiman
... Cass Callicot


A famous mountain man, Cass Callicot, comes to North Fork intent on challenging Lucas McCain to prove who is the best man with a rifle. Lucas has nothing to prove and won't take the bait, even after Callicot calls him a coward. The mountain man suggests they have a hunting contest but again, Lucas refuses. Determined to get his way, Callicot kidnaps Mark and goes off into the mountains awaiting Lucas' arrival. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western




Release Date:

5 January 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Crazy Credits

Chuck Connors breaks the fourth wall in the opening credits after he shoots his rifle and then stares into the camera. See more »


Featured in Pioneers of Television: Westerns (2011) See more »

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This episode proves that one scene can kill a show.
28 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Someone from the production staff should have re-thought the ending and possibly re-shot or edited out some of the worse filmed special effects (and I used the term loosely) a viewer has ever seen. It appears it was filmed by a ten year old and a friend in order to get an passing grade in 4th grade animal science. As already been pointed out- it was laughable.

The character actor John Anderson plays a strange frontiersman Cass Callicot. Cass is handy with a rifle and has heard stories about a man in North Fork, Lucas, that he wants to challenge to a contest to see who is really the best.

However, Lucas wants no part of any contest. Even with Cass trying to bait Lucas into a showdown, Lucas takes the high road and refuses the badgering of the frontiersman. Cass only has one option and that is to take the most precious thing Lucas has in life- Mark.

The story, even though lacking in areas, was not really that bad. But after watching the ending, the entire experience is ruined for the viewer. Someone over-thought this ending and made the entire episode seem for naught. The series is better than this episode reveals.

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