The Rifleman

Season 1 Episode 19


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

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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.