The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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A recently widowed woman in North Fork doesn't know about her deceased husband's criminal past, and Lucas is determined to see that she doesn't find out.

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Ted Post

Writer:

David Lang
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Robert H. Harris ... Ezra Martin
Jack Elam ... Gavin Martin
Harry Dean Stanton ... Clemmie Martin (as Dean Stanton)
Gregory Walcott ... Sid Halpern (as Greg Walcott)
Sydna Scott Sydna Scott ... Mary Halpern
Jeff Connors Jeff Connors ... Toby Halpern
Ted Stanhope ... Gravedigger
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Storyline

Sid Halpern is a hard working rancher and a good friend to Lucas McCain. When Clemmie Martin comes along however, he is intent on taking Sid prisoner and returning him to Texas for the reward. Sid admits that he was once went by a different name and was a criminal. Sid and Clemmie kill each other in an exchange of gunfire and Lucas is determined that Sid's wife not learn about his past. It becomes difficult when Clemmie's father and brother show up at Lucas' ranch looking for revenge. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Toby Halpern was played by Chuck Connors' real life son Jeff Connors. At the funeral scene, he had his TV son and his real son with him at the same time. See more »

Goofs

During the fist fight between Lucas and Martin. Martin throws a horse collar at Lucas that misses and seems to hit the camera mount. The image can be seen to shake. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mark McCain: Pa, do you think he loved his son, even at the end?
Lucas McCain: I think a father never stops loving his son, Mark.
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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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A rather routine script made better by the actors.
27 October 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The episode begins with Lucas and Mark helping a neighbor, Sid Halpern, move some cattle. Soon a young man, Clemmie, comes riding up with a wanted poster for a Roy Coleman that is 6 foot 5 inches and a square jaw. It just so happens meets the description of both Sid and Lucas. Clemmie sets up a situation where we all find out that Sid is actually the wanted man. But before Clemmie sets off with his prisoner they get into a gunfight where both men die. Now it is up to Lucas and Mark to take Sid back to his family for burial.

In the meantime Clemmie's brother, Gavin, finds Lucas's ranch and believes that Lucas is the Roy Coleman that is wanted. Even though Lucas tries to explain that he is not Roy Coleman, Gavin is ready to take the law into his own hands and collect the reward money. He even makes a 'point' of it.

There is nothing wrong with the story but it just did not have the flare that other episodes contain. It has a similar plot as other shows when a person is falsely identified all with a wanted poster. Just a routine script that was made better by the actors.

NOTE- There is a hole in this script. Early, before the gunfight, Clemmie tells Lucas and Sid that his brother(had to be Gavin) had seen Sid in a nearby town and then saw the wanted poster. That was the reason that he was on their trail. However, if Gavin had actually saw Sid in the nearby town then he would have known that Lucas was a different person upon arriving at the McCain ranch.


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