The Rifleman

Season 1 Episode 19


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 03, 1959 on ABC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • To say the least, the end was a bit of a stretch.

    The only reason that I gave this episode a 5 is because of my love of "The Rifleman." A young couple is forced to marry by an old wagontrain master. His reason is a convoluted story about his own daughter. The young couple did not want to get married by just anyone. The boy's father is a minister, and they wanted to be married by the boy's father. The bad guy, Chet, kidnaps the young couple, and obviously wants to rape the very young bride. Lucas rescues the young bride. Meanwhile, the boy/groom grabs the marshall's rifle. He goes into the saloon after the guys who have taken the girl. He shoots Chet in the legs, probably crippling him for life. The kid threatens to kill the old wagontrain master and anyone else who comes into the saloon including Micah. Of course, Lucas saves the day. And with the sweet sound of the music playing, the boy leaves the saloon to get his girl from where she was safely waiting. He passes by the marshall who he knocked out and from whom he stole the rifle and who he threatened to shoot. Let's not forget Chet, the bad guy, who he has maimed. Olive Carey, an old friend of Paul Fix, is in the episode, and terribly overacts. There is no character development. This was probably one of the worst episodes in Season 1.
  • A young couple is forced to marry in North Fork.

    Lucas rides up from rolling hills to a film set to see what's going on with a bunch of riders. Lucas learns that a young couple (pretending to be two young men) are being taken to North Fork to get married.

    Lucas befriends them after the marriage to take them to his ranch, and offers the young husband a job working on the ranch.

    Back in town, John Anderson (frequent '60s TV guest star), wants to see the young bride, and is told not to during a party in. The party moves out to the McCain ranch, where they wish to have a shivaree (big party).

    While Lucas and Micah speak with assembled group, several people grab the newlyweds, and take them back to town.

    Weird story, Lucas doesn't shoot his rifle, and the end is predictable.
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