The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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A Matter of Faith 

Because of a terrible drought the railroad has sent two men into North Fork to recruit workers. But when a water-witch gives the people hope, the railroad takes a different approach.


Don Taylor


Harry Kronman


Episode complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Parley Baer ... Walter Mathers
Bing Russell ... Hode Evans
Michael Hinn Michael Hinn ... Jeff Borden
Royal Dano ... Jonas Epps


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Because of a drought, many local cowhands are forced to take construction jobs building a railroad. However, when an old man claims that he has found a way to make rain, the railroad company--afraid that their workers will leave the job and go back to their ranches if they believe the old man--are determined to stop him. Written by

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drought | rainmaker | rifle | See All (3) »


Family | Western


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when the water witch starts searching for water in the open field, it looks like tractor tracks on the ground. See more »


[last lines]
Lucas McCain: So long, old timer!
Mark McCain: Bye, Mr. Jonas! He'll sure have a lot of believers now.
Lucas McCain: All he needed was one.
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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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Even though the story was very predictable, it still turned out well.
13 July 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

With a drought starting to hit the farmers hard around the North Fork area, the railroad sends a barker to the area to recruit workers for $3 a day and a one year contract. With the land not producing any vegetation the farmers are thinking that this may be the only way out of starvation.

In comes a man named Mr Epps, played by the great character actor Royal Dano, who is an aged poor man but tells the farmers that he is a water-witch and can find water for them. The railroad barker also has a companion that feels that Epps is giving the farmer too much hope and wants to shut up Epps permanently. But the companion, Hode Evans, will also have to deal with Lucas McCain.

A pleasant story that has some respected actors in many of the parts. From Dano, Parley Baer and Bing Russell- this episode choose the best for the cast. Even though the story was very predictable, it still held the viewers attention to the end. Nice watch.

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19 May 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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