The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Death Never Rides Alone 

A famous fast gunslinger comes looking for his old friend Lucas to help him retire in North Fork, but 3 gunman followed him and want his help to dominate the town.


Joseph H. Lewis


David P. Harmon


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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Patricia Blair ... Lou Mallory
Lee Van Cleef ... Johnny Drako
Rex Holman ... Billie Graves
Joe Higgins ... Nils Swenson
Bill Quinn ... Frank Sweeney
Mel Carter Mel Carter ... Mac Jones
John Rayborn John Rayborn ... Red Evans


Everyone in North Fork is on edge when gunslinger Johnny Drako comes to town asking about Lucas. It turns out that Drako and Lucas were in the army together during the civil war and Drako is looking for a place to settle down and put his old ways behind him. Lucas tells him he'd be welcome if he really means to give up gunfighting. Reputations are hard to shake however and three mean looking men come riding into town. Written by garykmcd

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gunslinger | showdown | rifle | See All (3) »


Family | Western





Release Date:

29 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[the gunslingers resolve leaves them when they are confronted by Lucas, Micah and Johnny]
Lucas McCain: He's thinkin', Johnny.
Johnny Drako: He's done with thinkin', Lucas. Now he's measuring the odds.
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Crazy Credits

Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his rifle and then stares into the camera. See more »

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Lee Van Cleef makes this regular show- much better
18 February 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Lee Van Cleef plays a role that he is famous for when he plays Johnny Drako a gunslinger that makes his way to North Fork. Johnny Drako comes in town and puts out the word that he is looking for Lucas McCain. Lucas actually knows Johnny from the time they served in the war, Lucas goes to the hotel to see the sinister looking man. But Johnny is aging and is looking for a place to settle down. No other town wants a known gunslinger in their midst so Johnny cannot find a place to finally rest.

Everyone else in town is nervous about having Johnny in town but Lucas opens the door for his old friend to settle down in North Fork area. But before long three young strangers come riding into town. Johnny recognizes them as trouble makers that want to make a name for themselves. Now the town has four problems within its boundaries. It will not be long until North Fork is not the quiet town it use to be.

A typical western where the good guys versus the bad guys. Would have been rather plain but the acting of Chuck Connors and Van Cleef makes this show special. Good Watch

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