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.
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I guess I can't tell you how much I appreciate what you did for me.
Don't thank me, thank the boy.
Well, I always knew how he felt about me.
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.
Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his rifle and then stares into the camera. See more