The Rifleman

Season 1 Episode 1

The Sharpshooter

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 1958 on ABC
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After wandering the countryside for four years, Lucas McCain and his 10-year-old son, Mark, arrive in North Fork, New Mexico Territory, looking to settle down. Seeing a sign promoting an upcoming turkey shoot with a $500 prize, Lucas decides to enter, hoping to win money that will put a nice dent in the price of a ranch on which he intends to make an offer. Lucas is subsequently backed into a corner when the town bully, Jim Lewis threatens Mark's life in order to force him to throw the contest.

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  • A fine start to a wonderful series!

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    I was delighted to happen upon this episode by chance. The show started with Lucas and his son looking over a ranch for sale. This would be a new place for the two to have a fresh start. They ride into North Fork to buy the ranch. When they arrive, Lucas and Mark find a shooting contest that pays $500 that would help them pay for the ranch. What they didn't know was that the local bully, Lewis, was entered and had hired a sharpshooter, Vernon Tippert, to enter as well. Lewis threatens to kill Mark if Lucas beats Tippert. The episode was well written by Sam Peckinpah. Johnny Crawford, as Mark McCain, was adorable and a fine little actor. He did not overact as some child actors are want to do. There are excellent actors like Leif Erikson and a young Dennis Hopper. Finally, there is Chuck Connors, as Lucas McCain. Connors was a good actor. If one has never seen "The Rifleman," then I highly recommend not only this episode, but also the series.moreless
Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper

Vernon Tippert

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Sidney Blackmer

Sidney Blackmer

Judge Hanavan

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Charles Arnt

Charles Arnt

Wes Tippert

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