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Rifleman, The (ABC 1958-1963, Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford)

The Rifleman

The Rifleman was a western drama series set in the town of North Fork, New Mexico during the days of the Old West. The show starred Chuck Connors as widower Lucas McCain trying to make a living off his ranch along with his young son Mark.

The title of the show came from the fact that Lucas has a specially adapted Winchester that could fire off a round in three tenths of a second.

Lucas found himself regularly called upon by the town Marshall to help keep the streets of North Fork safe. Initially without a love interest Miss Milly the local shopkeeper was introduced but Lucas became most involved with hotel owner and would be property developer Lou Mallory.

production details
USA / ABC – Four Star – Sussex / 168×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 1958-1963

Creator: Sam Peckinpah / Music: Hershal Burke Gilbert / Producers: Sam Peckinpah, Jules Levy, Arnold Laven, Arthur Gardner

cast
CHUCK CONNORS as Lucas McCain
JOHNNY CRAWFORD as Mark McCain
PAUL FIX as Marshal Micah Torrance
JOAN TAYLOR as Miss Milly Scott (1960-62)
PATRICIA BLAIR as Lou Mallory (1962-63)
BILL QUINN as Sweeney, the bartender
HOPE SUMMERS as Hattie Denton (1958-60)