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New Orleans Menace 

A gambler, fleeing New Orleans with his henchmen, takes a liking to Lucas' ranch. When McCain refuses to sell, his life is threatened.


Arnold Laven


Cyril Hume


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Episode complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Akim Tamiroff ... Cesar Tiffauges
Michael Pate ... Xavier Escobar
Jerry Oddo Jerry Oddo ... Schuette
Hope Summers ... Hattie Denton
Harlan Warde ... John Hamilton
Galvan De Leon Galvan De Leon ... Guitar Player (as Galvan DeLeon)


Lucas McCain has to deal with Mr. Tiffauges and his henchman who have come to North Fork from New Orleans intent on settling - or taking over - the town. Tiffauges is a cruel man who takes pleasure in whipping his underlings for the slightest transgression. Marshall Micah Torrance has received information from the Texas Rangers that Tiffauges is the head of a criminal organization and is quite dangerous. For Lucas, a confrontation seems inevitable as Tiffauges has decided he wants to by his ranch and won't take no for an answer. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western





Release Date:

2 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New Orleans Menace See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tiffauges mentions "Bluebeard" as an ancestor when he threatens Lucas. Bluebeard is a fairytale about a man who murders multiple wives. It was written by Charles Perrault, who supposedly based Bluebeard on the real-life Gilles de Rais, a monster who lured children to his castle and murdered them. de Rais' castle is known as Château de Tiffauges. Possibly this ancestral "reference" in the episode is meant to explain the Tiffauges' willingness to kill 3 women and potentially harm Mark. See more »


Early in the program, when Cesar arrives at the McCain Ranch and begins whipping people- at one point Lucas grabs the whip. Mark has been standing right next to Lucas but when he grabs the whip, all of the sudden Mark is on the porch. Then the next camera angle toward Lucas, Mark is standing next to him again. See more »

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 with some odd situations- still played out well.
6 October 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

By some fancy writing, a New Orleans boss has been thrown out of town and with no back-story and finally ends up in North Fork at the McCain's ranch. Now this boss, Tiffauges, believes in the old way of doing things which is mostly by intimidation. He has a small troop riding with him that he keeps in line by means of a whip.

When he rides to the McCain ranch, he somehow wants to purchase the farm. But of course Lucas is not selling. With Tiffauges always getting his way- he set an ultimatum before him and his troops show Lucas some New Orleans justice.

I found it difficult to get past a fancy-man riding all the way from New Orleans to the New Mexico Territory but the script did make for an interesting story. The plot had an interesting concept which played out well toward the end. Perhaps not the most entertaining episode in the lot but one that made for a nice watch.

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