The Rifleman

Season 1 Episode 28

The Challenge

4
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 07, 1959 on ABC
7.2
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When escaped convicts hold up the general store in North Fork and take Marshal Torrance hostage, Lucas comes to the rescue.

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  • Big Fan Here, But This One Was Tough to Sit Through :(

    5.0
    One of The Rifleman's most disappointing episodes. I found myself annoyed from beginning to end. A spineless wimp of a wanna-be thug, spineless townspeople willing to let Lucas take all the risk with absolutely no intent to have his back, & a story-line with no logical reasoning & nothing to hold it together. As if that wasn't bad enough, the relentless playing of that horrendously awful song apparently meant to punctuate the drama, made me want to scream. There were only two redeeming moments in this episode, the first of which was Lucas' talk with Mark before he went out in the street to face-down Pardee; the obvious special connection & genuine caring between these two characters AND actors is always satisfying to witness. The second was the disgusted reaction of "Professor", upon witnessing Pardee's cowardly response on facing off against Lucas. That one moment is the only reason this episode even rated a five! If you're a diehard fan of the show, you'll grit your teeth & watch, if not, I recommend giving this one a pass.moreless
Les Tremayne

Les Tremayne

Professor

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John Durren

John Durren

Dave Pardee

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John Maxwell

John Maxwell

Sam Weltz

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Hope Summers

Hope Summers

Hattie Denton

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Harlan Warde

Harlan Warde

John Hamilton

Recurring Role

Bill Quinn

Bill Quinn

Sweeney

Recurring Role

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