The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Quiet Night, Deadly Night 

After a woman on the stage comes down sick, the hotel occupants - including Lucas and Lou - are quarantined because of suspected small pox. They soon discover there is a wanted man among them.


Arnold Laven


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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Patricia Blair ... Lou Mallory
Ralph Moody ... Doc Burrage
Maurine Dawson Maurine Dawson ... Molly Carpenter
Carol Leigh Carol Leigh ... Betty Lind
Charles Harrison Charles Harrison ... Stage Driver
Ed Ames ... Lee Coyle


When the stagecoach arrives in North Fork with two young women aboard destined to work in Lou Mallory's hotel, one of them is gravely ill. Doc Burrage suspects that she may have smallpox and quarantines himself, Lou, Lucas and the two girls to the confines of the hotel. Also quarantined is a man who was riding on the stage, Lee Coyle. Marshal Torrance recognizes Coyle as a wanted man and someone who is quite dangerous. As they await word as to whether smallpox serum might be available from a nearby town, tensions rise leading to a confrontation between Lucas and Coyle. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western





Release Date:

22 October 1962 (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?


When Nils and Mark (Johnny Crawford) are playing checkers, Nils says "It's your move, John." He called him by his real name, not the character's name of Mark McCain.

This is not a goof, as what Nils said was "It's your move now." 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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Story is helped along by actor Ed Ames
19 September 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Even though the title of the episode would make a person think this show would be filmed at night (Quiet Night, Deadly Night) all the action occurred during the daylight hours. With that quirk, it still did not take away from an interesting tale.

The story begins when a stagecoach arrives in North Fork with three passengers, two ladies and a man. One of the ladies is running a fever and is taken to the Lou's hotel to be treated by Doc Burrage. The good Doc believes the woman has small pox and quarantines the entire hotel. So we have the three passengers along with Lucas and Lou that will be held in the hotel pending the outcome of the diagnoses.

In the meantime, Micah noted that the male on the coach is a wanted murderer by the name of Lee Coyle (Ed Ames). With this little piece of nugget, Lucas and Lou will be held-up with a known murderer as long as the small pox does not get all of them first.

This is by far not one of the most exciting stories but the show is helped out by the acting ability of Ed Ames. Mr Ames does a nice job of provoking fear into the situation which made for an interesting concept to the story. Add the idea of a contagious disease into the mix and you have a nice plot. Overall a show worth a watch.

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