The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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The Photographer 

When a photographer, an old friend of the McCains, is accused of murder, Mark and Lucas find themselves on opposite sides against each other.


Arnold Laven


Ken Kolb


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Episode complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Sidney Blackmer ... Judge Hanavan
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
John Carradine ... Abel Goss
Robert Ellenstein ... Bart Jamison
Raymond Bailey ... Col. Jess Whiteside


When photographer Abel Goss comes to town, Lucas McCain decides to have son Mark's picture taken. Mark takes quite a liking to the old man but when Abel sees Col. Jess Whiteside in North Fork, he goes mad vowing to kill the man. It seems that Goss was a prisoner in the Civil War and Whiteside was the very cruel camp commander. Lucas calms him down but when Whiteside apparently call him out, Goss shoots him. There are no witnesses to the shooting and Goss is charged with murder. Mark's recollection of events and the photograph Goss was taking just prior to the shooting prove to be the key pieces of evidence at the trail. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western





Release Date:

27 January 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Abel Goss: I guess I can't tell you how much I appreciate what you did for me.
Lucas McCain: Don't thank me, thank the boy.
Abel Goss: Well, I always knew how he felt about me.
Lucas McCain: So did I. That's why, when he came up with this foolish notion about the picture, I went along with him. I also figured if Mark wouldn't give up after the way they laughed at him in court, I owed it to him to stick out my neck in court, too.
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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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John Carradine makes his first of two appearances
11 January 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Photographer" was the first of two episodes for legendary scene stealer John Carradine, playing the title role of photographer Abel Goss (with moustache), a close friend of the McCains. Abel is trying to take a picture of young Mark McCain (Johnny Crawford), when he is challenged in the street by Col. Jess Whiteside (Raymond Bailey). Two shots ring out, and Abel is arrested for murder when Lucas finds two bullets fired from Abel's gun, and Col. Whiteside shot dead in the back, no bullets fired from his rifle. Sidney Blackmer has a nice part as the judge presiding over Abel's subsequent trial, where he is revealed to have been Col. Whiteside's tortured prisoner during the Civil War. Determined to prove Abel's innocence, it is Mark who remembers the photograph being taken at the exact moment the shooting occurred. Carradine would play a different character in his next entry, "The Mind Reader," another whodunit story.

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