The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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A young boy and his sister, victims of an abusive father, come to the conclusion that the only way to protect themselves from further abuse is to kill him.


Joseph H. Lewis

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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Peter Whitney ... Andrew Bechtel
K.T. Stevens ... Muriel Chase
Hope Summers ... Hattie Denton
Don Grady ... David Chase
Sid Gilman Sid Gilman ... Ben Tooker
Gigi Perreau ... Heller Chase


Everyone is a bit surprised when the thief they corner in Hattie's store in the middle of the night turns out to be teenager Heller Chase who says she had broken in to steal a ribbon for her hair. She and her brother David and their mother Muriel have had a hard time since Muriel married Andrew Bechtel after the death of the children's father. He's a brute and a drunk and life has been hard for all of them. Heller and David however have decided to put an end to it and Lucas has to intervene. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western





Release Date:

23 February 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Crazy Credits

Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his rifle and then stares into the camera. See more »

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An uncomfortable story that was still entertaining to watch.
6 November 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this episode we are introduced to family violence as a mother with two children remarries a man that turns out to be a cad to everyone. Peter Whitney plays Andrew Bachtel that has an anger streak and also an alcohol problem. Even though we do not see the violence on the screen, it is clear that the step-father beats the two children, Heller and David Chase, along with the meek wife, Muriel.

Now it seems that the two young children have had enough of Andrew's beatings. The kids steal a gun with a purpose of stopping the beatings since their mother appears unable to confront the large frame step-father. And it is not long until the step-father comes home drinking and starts looking for the kids. A confrontation is inevitable.

There is much more to the story that needs to be seen by the viewer but the writer leaves no doubt that the families situation is dire. Peter Whitney, even though playing the rough in this story, does a nice job of making the viewer have disdain for his character at every turn. An uncomfortable story that is still appealing to watch.

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