The Rifleman

The Marshal

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 10/21/58
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  • Episode Description
  • Former lawman Micah Torrance has fallen on hard times - and the cowardly Sheltin brothers aim to settle a score with the bitter, old lame-armed drunk. But, as fate would have it, Lucas's tough love and Marks innocent heart have begun to restore Micah's pride - and the pickin's might not be so easy.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sam Peckinpah

  • Chuck Connors

    Lucas McCain

  • Johnny Crawford

    Mark McCain

  • James Drury

    Lloyd Carpenter

  • Paul Fix

    Marshal Micah Torrance

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Carpenter: I just can't see how a crippled old drunk figures so large. Flory: If it makes any difference, it's a family concern. Carpenter: I'm goin' with - to watch. You might just acquire a bullet hole right through your mean, old heart.

    • (Micah awakens in jail and is introduced to Lucas by the Sheriff) Lucas: Mr. Torrance, I've heard a great deal about you. Micah: Nothing complimentary, I trust. I'm gettin' old and bitter, Mr. McCain, and useless. I was a good peace officer once - fast, too fast. Quit thinkin', thought I'd let my gun hand do my work for me. Don't ever let that happen to you, friend. Cost me this … (rubs his right arm) my nerve. Lucas: You're lucky, Mr. Torrance. Not many men with your reputation live long enough to take off their badges. Micah: Don't call me lucky, son.

    • Micah: (standing to leave) Thanks for the lodging, sir. Now, possibly you or your friend here could advance me a few dollars? I seem to be temporarily without funds. I'll pay you back, sir, you can depend on that.
      Lucas: No, you won't, You're a drunk. I wouldn't give you a dime for a drink, but I'll give you a job.
      Micah: (disbelievingly) You'll give me a job. Doin' what, swattin' flies?
      Lucas: Buildin' fences, mister. Hire out to me, you'll do a man's work - if there's any man left.
      Micah: Mr. McCain, you just hired yourself a hand--one of 'em anyway.

    • Micah: I'll sleep in the barn, Lucas. Lucas: No, you can stay here, Micah. Micah: Later, later. For the next few nights I'm companion to owls and brother to the dragon. You know what it is.

    • Micah: I got visitors, Lucas. Mark: I don't see nobody. Micah: Just a case of the whips and jingles, sonny. I better be gettin' back to town. Mark: What are the whips and jingles? Micah: Oo, uh, animals of a sort, come in various shapes and sizes - pretty big, generally. Now, you wouldn't know it, but I got a big one sittin' on my shoulder right now … Saddle me a horse, Lucas. Lucas: No. Micah: It won't work, I tell ya. I've got to leave. Lucas: Then start walkin'. You oughta make town by sun-up.

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    Notes (2)

    • Besides working together several times on television, Warren Oates appeared in four of Sam Peckinpah's films : Ride the High Country (1962), Major Dundee (1965), The Wild Bunch (1969) and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974).

    • When he appeared in this episode, James Drury was just two and a half years into his television career and still four years away from starting a nine year run as the star of The Virginian.

    Trivia (2)

    • This is the first of 39 episodes in which Bill Quinn appears as Sweeney the Bartender - the genial owner/operator of The North Fork Saloon.

    • Marshal Micah Torrance calls McCain "Lucas Boy" throughout the series. That affectionate practice begins with the aging marshal's very first appearance - in this episode.

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