The Rifleman

Season 1 Episode 18

The Photographer

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 27, 1959 on ABC
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The Photographer
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Abel Goss, the photographer who took Lucas' wedding photograph, is in North Fork doing a portrait of Mark standing in the street. When Goss sees Col. Whiteside and his sidekick Jamison, he recognizes them as the butchers who tortured him and others while he was captive in their prisoners of war camp. When Lucas stops him from killing them, Goss swears to kill those men. Whiteside planned to call Goss out, but he had Jamison shooting from the upstairs hotel window, as his insurance. When the shots are fired, Whiteside is dead, shot in the back, and his gun hadn't been fired. Goss is arrested and at the trial Lucas and Mark have different testimonies. Mark reenacts the scene in the street, and Lucas backs Mark's theory , using the photographic negative Goss had shot of Mark.moreless

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    John Carradine

    John Carradine

    Abel Goss

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    Robert Ellenstein

    Robert Ellenstein

    Bart Jamison

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    Raymond Bailey

    Raymond Bailey

    Col. Jess Whiteside

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      • For the most part, 19th century photography is portrayed accurately in this episode. The photographer would certainly have removed the lens cover and counted before covering the lens again, and the subject did have to hold still for several seconds - 3 to 30 depending on light conditions and how "modern" the equipment was. By Lucas' time, although photographic equipment had made considerable advances in the 20+ years since the Civil War, there still would've been many photographers who were using older equipment.
        However, because of dust and motion blur, it is unlikely that a "portrait" would be taken on the street. Also, a "wet plate" (which appears to have been used here) had to be prepared just before the shot and then developed immediately, before it dried. Developing such a picture at a later date was an unlikely option. (thanks to Margie at rifleman-connors)

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