The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Mark and Milly are shocked when Lucas begins gambling. They don't know that Lucas is "undercover" trying to catch a man at cheating. Lucas must do this in order to save his friend's farm.


Lawrence Dobkin


Paul Mazursky, Skippy Adelman (as Julius Adelman)


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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Joan Taylor ... Milly Scott
Grant Richards ... John Keeler
Grace Lee Whitney ... Rose
Larry Thor ... Jesse Phillips
Barbara Eiler Barbara Eiler ... Mary Phillips
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ... Joe Tucker
Stephen Wootton Stephen Wootton ... Willie
Gary Gadson Gary Gadson ... Henry


After a man in danger of losing his farm to a professional gambler enlists McCain's help to prove the man is cheating, Lucas sits in on several poker games, much to the dismay of Mark and Millie. Lucas finds no evidence of cheating, but when he learns the man is leaving town in a day or two, Lucas tries to force his hand. Written by bobbymaxwell

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Family | Western





Release Date:

12 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the gambling table scene, the piano player's hands can be seen barely touching the keys. 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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Too predictable.
3 December 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

When Luke appears to have taken up gambling Mark is visibly upset. But then we learn that Luke is helping an old friend, that has been lost his farm in a game, prove that the fancy man is cheating.

Luke will have to play a fast cash gambler in a game ran by John Keeler and his sidekick a bouncy female named Rose. He has just one more chance to prove the card game is rigged or his friend, Jesse Phillips, is set to lose his farm and his wife.

A very predictable episode that provided little interest in the story. For some reason, this episode seemed almost dull to some of the others in the season. Nothing new to see in the episode.

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