The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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The Schoolmaster 

A strict new schoolmaster comes to teach - and, he discovers, to learn: from Mark and Lucas.


Arthur Hiller


Margaret Armen

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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance (credit only)
Jimmy Fields Jimmy Fields ... Billy Davis
Pamela Cole Pamela Cole ... Sally
Arnold Moss ... Stevan Griswald


Mr. Griswald is the new schoolmaster at the Northfork school. He is a strict disciplinarian who rules his class as total dictator. His harsh style of dealing with the students clashes with their more relaxed lifestyles. When he and Mark clash one time too many Mark and a friend play hooky and get in trouble in an abandoned mine shaft. Mr. Griswald must find his compassion and help Lucas find Mark. Written by tomtrekp

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Family | Western





Release Date:

29 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steven Griswald, the teacher, asks Billy Davis, the student, at the end of the cave-in scene if he could have some of his "jujubes." Jujubes is a modern candy, but the teacher was correct in asking for this type of candy. Jujubes in the 1800's were confections of sugar syrup and fruit flavorings, set with a high proportion of gum, and falling into the general category of fruit gums and fruit lozenges, often with a medicinal application, e.g. good for sore throats. Jujubes have been made since at least 1830. See more »


The sign on the schoolhouse reads "NORTHFORK SCHOOL". The name of the town throughout the series has always been two words: "North Fork" See more »


Stevan Griswald: [to the trapped Mark] Archimedes said, 'Give me a lever and I can move the world.' We'll get you out, Mark.
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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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Nothing unique about this episode
15 March 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This is one of those predictable episodes that features children going into an old abandon mine. You can already guess what is going to happen so I will spare you the excitement. But the one thing that stands out in this episode is shown right at the beginning.

Mark is falsely accused of damaging a book belonging to the new school teacher, Mr Griswald. The school teacher uses corporal punishment and also accuses Lucas of not raising Mark properly. Mark and his friend, Billy, then skip school the following day and that is when they discover the abandon mine.

This episode is so predictable that it stirred very little interest. The plot is old and the outcome known. Nothing unique about this show.

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