The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Lucas McCain is surprised when someone he once worked with, Sam Morley, shows up at the ranch. Lucas thought Morley had died but it turns out he's a wanted man and wants Lucas to do him a ... See full summary »


Joseph H. Lewis


David Lang


Episode complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Paul Richards ... Sam Morley
Chris Alcaide ... Hamp Ferris
Dan Sheridan Dan Sheridan ... Sheriff McVey
Michael Fox ... Trager
John Harmon ... Eddie Halstead
Edgar Buchanan ... Doc Burrage
Katharine Bard ... Beth Landis


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Lucas McCain is surprised when someone he once worked with, Sam Morley, shows up at the ranch. Lucas thought Morley had died but it turns out he's a wanted man and wants Lucas to do him a favor: turn him in for the $500 reward money that's available. Morley desperately needs the money so his girlfriend, Beth Landis, can get treatment for a serious disease. Lucas thinks he's on the level and decides to go along. Unfortunately another cowpoke who once worked with them, Hamp Ferris, rides into town and is looking to collect the bounty on Morley himself. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western


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At the beginning, Morley places the suitcases on the stage and walks back to the porch-- On the ground, you can see shadows of the boom-mic, the lights and the camera on the ground. When stage pulls away you can see shadows of the stationary lights and camera even clearer. See more »


Lucas McCain: Takin' for granted that you put a lot of trust in me, how far could I influence you to take my word for somethin'?
Marshal Micah Torrance: Like what?
Lucas McCain: Well, like if I was to tell you it was snowin' outside, and you looked out there and saw the sun shinin'?
Marshal Micah Torrance: Try me. Nothin' ventured, nothin' gained.
Marshal Micah Torrance: [after Lucas outlines his plan] I think we're both fools. Who ever saw snow in July?
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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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Lucas takes on another problem with nice results.
14 October 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The episode begins with a man named Sam Morley and his soon to be bride, Beth Landis, riding out on a stage. Right after they leave a mysterious looking bounty hunter rides in with a wanted poster with a five-hundred dollar reward for Morley. But the stage is on its way and too late. The bounty hunter, Ferris, has to pick up the trail again.

It so happens that Morley used to be a friend of Lucas McCain. He knows that he is wanted and makes a deal with Lucas. He tells Lucas that his bride is sick and needs medical attention. If Lucas will turn him into the Marshal's office then the five-hundred can go to his bride for medical help. Lucas agrees to go along but about the same time the bounty hunter arrives in North Fork. With Morley still not placed in jail it will be easy for the bounty hunter to collect the reward and spend the money as he sees fit. And when Lucas recognizes the bounty hunter, things just might get nasty.

This was an interesting story made much better by the acting. Paul Richards, that played Morley, always gives a nice performance making the viewer believe he is an 'every-man' type of character. The script had a few problems, like having Lucas familiar with everyone in the cast, but the entertainment value of the show was not diminished. Another nice watch.

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10 March 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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