The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Mail Order Groom 

A "mail-order husband" arrives in North Fork, and finds not only a bride, but also harassment from two local trouble-makers.




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Episode complete credited cast:
... Lucas McCain
... Mark McCain
... Micah Torrance
... John Jupiter
... Jess Profit
Alice Backes ... Isabel Dent (as Alice Backus)
... Jim Profit
... Stage Driver (as Monty Montana)


A new "mail-order" marriage is taking place in North Fork, but this time it's a mail-order groom instead of a bride. However, soon after he arrives and word gets around as to why he's there, he is teased and made fun of by certain elements in town, and it isn't long before matters get out of control and he is beaten. Written by

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Family | Western




Release Date:

12 January 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Anderson makes back to back appearances, first on The Rifleman: Day of the Hunter (1960), which aired one week earlier. Anderson's character was killed in that one, so he made a very fast resurrection. Anderson made a total of 11 appearances in the series, never as the same character. In Season 2, he would reappear in April in The Rifleman: Shotgun Man (1960). See more »

Crazy Credits

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


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

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The good story comes through in this nice episode.
8 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Isabel Dent, a homely looking woman, has a piece of land that the Profit brothers, Jess (John Anderson) and Jim (Sandy Kenyon) are keen on getting anyway possible. They have been causing trouble for Isabel even since.

It just so happens that Isabel is expecting to meet an Eastern man, John Jupiter (Peter Whitney), on the morning stage as the two have been corresponding and thinking about getting married. Jupiter, a large man, arrives and immediately is harassed by the Profit brothers. But the strong Jupiter is afraid to fight the brothers because he does not know his own strength and came close to killing a man back east. But it seems the Profit brothers are set on making sure that Isabel and Jupiter never have a life together.

Peter Whitney is perfect as the larger-than-life John Jupiter that is searching for a mate. But there is a concern with the pick of John Anderson as the villain. We all know that the selection of each episode is done sometime after the actual filming of a show but it was kind of odd that the previous episode also featured John Anderson as a villain. So two episode in a row had Mr Anderson cast as the bad guy which does not make for the best decision by producers. But because of the good story this odd occurrence can be quickly overlooked and the episode enjoyed.

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