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Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 30, 1958
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
ABC TV Network
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The Rifleman

In an unusual twist on the standard Western, widower Lucas McCain struggles to successfully homestead his ranch in North Fork, New Mexico territory during the 1880s, while raising his son Mark. The Marshall of North Fork has his hands full handling the weekly "bad guys," & it is frequently necessary for Lucas to pick up his modified rapid-action Winchester Rifle to protect himself, his son, and his neighbors.

05x26 - Old Tony Season 5 / Episode 26: - Old Tony

Lorrie: C'mon, slow poke. I'll race you!
05x26 - Old Tony Season 5 / Episode 26: - Old Tony

Lorrie: Ha! So you beat me. Do you have to be so smug?
Mark McCain: I didn't say anything.
Lorrie: Well, you were thinking it.
05x26 - Old Tony Season 5 / Episode 26: - Old Tony

Mark McCain: Hello, Mr. Stanic. When did he fence off the trail?
Joe Stanic: I don't know when he fenced it off, but I know it won't stay that way!
05x26 - Old Tony Season 5 / Episode 26: - Old Tony

Old Tony: Anybody can pick and pluck but guitar is no good unless you sing to it. The trouble is there are no more good songs - songs have all gone to ruin like the rest of the world. There used to be good ones, pretty ones, like "Greensleeves."
05x26 - Old Tony Season 5 / Episode 26: - Old Tony

Marshal Torrance: What's eatin' you, Joe? You look like you ran into a herd of wild Commanches.
Joe Stanic: It's that Tony. I told you five hundred times he ought to be put away!
Lucas McCain: You lock horns again? Is that it, Joe?
Joe Stanic: Ever since we came over on the boat together I have endured his insults.
Marshal Torrance: Now now, calm down. Everybody knows you and Tony are feudin' again but nobody knows about what. I doubt if you do.
05x26 - Old Tony Season 5 / Episode 26: - Old Tony

Lorrie: Do you ever wonder what your wife will be like... I mean, when you get married?
Mark McCain: I suppose so.
Lorrie: Well, what would she be like?
Mark McCain: Real pretty and a good cook.
Lorrie: Oh, Mark, can't you ever be serious? You think that's all there is to marriage?
Mark McCain: No, not really. There's a lot more.
Lorrie: Like what?
Mark McCain: Well, Pa and I was talkin' about it once - talkin' about my mother. I'll never forget what he said - he said they were more than just in love... they were friends.
Lorrie: I don't think I understand.
Mark McCain: Well, he meant that she was someone he could talk to - 'bout his troubles... 'bout anything.
Lorrie: Like us, Mark.
Mark McCain: Sure, like us. We can talk...


Mark McCain: You better look for those arrowhead if you plan on gettin' any.
05x26 - Old Tony Season 5 / Episode 26: - Old Tony

Old Tony: I guess I been alone too long. I forgot how to get along with people.
Lucas McCain: You made a good start towards remembering today, Tony.
Old Tony: Kids gettin' in trouble... trackin' mud all over the house. Didn't even remember to bring the flints they promised me.
Lorrie: I lost all the good ones in the swamp, but we'll come back again - won't we, Mark?
Old Tony: Ha! So you'll be going to come back to see me, huh? I didn't even ask ya! Next thing ya know, they'll be wantin' me to take them to the fancy hotel and buy them supper.
Lucas McCain: When that time comes, Tony, the supper's going to be on me - and I hope it will be soon.


Old Tony: Hey, what are you sittin' there for? You said the guitar needed tuning. Well, go ahead - tune it up!
05x26 - Old Tony Season 5 / Episode 26: - Old Tony

Mark McCain: [finding Lorrie and Mark, Lucas rescues them both from the bog.] ...Pa, I'm right glad you showed up.
Lucas McCain: Me too, son. Me too.
05x25 - Which Way'd They Go? Season 5 / Episode 25: - Which Way'd They Go?

Deputy: Thanks for the hammer, Neb.
Nebeneezer Jackman: You're mighty welcome, Deputy.
Lucas McCain: We sure are sorry to see you leave, Neb.
Nebeneezer Jackman: You ain't no sorrier than I am, Lucas.
Lucas McCain: We all have to pay taxes. You know that.
Moss Jackman: [reading aloud] According to section 7, paragraph 6 of the territorial tax laws, payment on land taxes is required on or before...
Nebeneezer Jackman: Who's side are you on, Moss?
05x25 - Which Way'd They Go? Season 5 / Episode 25: - Which Way'd They Go?

Nebeneezer Jackman: Well, son of a gun. Them fellas went and told us they was somebody who they ain't instead of somebody they is.
05x25 - Which Way'd They Go? Season 5 / Episode 25: - Which Way'd They Go?

Moss Jackman: How come you said we done worked in a peace office afore when you know we never?
Nebeneezer Jackman: Moss, how many times did the sheriff back in North Fork lock us up?
Haslam Jackman: Every time we got drunk.
Nebeneezer Jackman: That's right, Haslam. And how'd we pay off our fine every time?
Bo Jackman: We cleaned up his office for him.
Nebeneezer Jackman: That's right, Bo. Now ain't that workin' in a peace office?
05x25 - Which Way'd They Go? Season 5 / Episode 25: - Which Way'd They Go?

Lucas McCain: Well, uh, here's to the future of Paradise. Safe future.
Goldie Drain: Champagne for everybody!


Haslam Jackman: I been shot.
Nebeneezer Jackman: Uhh...
Marcello Ciabini: My bank!
Bo Jackman: Which way'd they go?
05x16 - The Sidewinder Season 5 / Episode 16: - The Sidewinder

Gridley Maule: [throws down a gun in front of Mark] Pick it up!
Mark McCain: What for?
Gridley Maule: I can get even with one McCain just as good as another. Pick it up.
Mark McCain: [stalling for time] Where's my pa?
Gridley Maule: [snotty] Drinkin' coffee to settle his nerves... Pick it up or I'll kill you.
05x16 - The Sidewinder Season 5 / Episode 16: - The Sidewinder

Lucas McCain: Gridley Maule junior? You pulled a gun on my son. I don't like that, boy.
Gridley Maule: Well now... you must be Lucas McCain. I come to even up the score for my pa. So let's get outside and get it over with.
Lucas McCain: You got a big advantage in bein' young, son. Don't press it.
Gridley Maule: I ain't pressin' it Mister McCain and don't you consider it neither. You comin' out?
Lucas McCain: You're just a little itchy aren't you?
Gridley Maule: Don't stall me. I come a long way for this.
05x16 - The Sidewinder Season 5 / Episode 16: - The Sidewinder

Gridley Maule: I can shoot now, I can even shoot in the dark. And I mean to pay you back for what you did.
Lucas McCain: Did you know your pa was in the act of robbing a bank?
Gridley Maule: Yeah, I knew he was robbin' a bank.
Lucas McCain: He was running with the money. I just happened by between him and his horse. He took a shot at me. And he would have shot again - there was nothing I could do.
Gridley Maule: It makes no difference. When he was alive he was good to me. Maybe you don't understand McCain but he was my pa!
Lucas McCain: I understand... If I don't swear out the charges, will you promise to go back home and forget about this revenge?
Gridley Maule: [thinks a second] No.
Lucas McCain: All right Micah, I'll swear out the complaint now.
Marshal Micah Torrance: You heard the man, boy. Come on, get up.
Gridley Maule: You keep me in jail, McCain! You go on and send me to Washington! But I'll come back and I'll kill you.
05x16 - The Sidewinder Season 5 / Episode 16: - The Sidewinder

Lou Mallory: Do you like it here in jail Grid?
Gridley Maule: Oh sure, it's just dandy!
05x12 - The Anvil Chorus Season 5 / Episode 12: - The Anvil Chorus

Mark McCain: Why you know, I - I think that some day this street right here is gonna have buildings that stick up right to the sky. And we'll have machines that take the place of horses... like the train took the place of the covered wagon.
Lucas McCain: Machines to take the place of horses?
Mark McCain: Well?


Mark McCain: I guess not.
05x10 - Squeeze Play Season 5 / Episode 10: - Squeeze Play

Willard Prescott: He doesn't know the meaning of the word "beg."
05x06 - I Take This Woman Season 5 / Episode 6: - I Take This Woman

Mark McCain: Pa, Lou is our friend. How come we're not doin' anything about it? I mean doin' not talkin'.
Lucas McCain: Well, because I was told it was none of my business.
Lucas McCain, Mark McCain: Everyone knows he's just bleedin' her dry - buying things and payin' for 'em with her money.
Lucas McCain: That all you kids do - listen to some old women's gossip?
Mark McCain: Well, if it was me and I was a doin' friend instead of a talkin' friend, I'd saddle up and do somethin' about it!


Lucas McCain: Thanks for some good fatherly advice.
05x05 - Death Never Rides Alone Season 5 / Episode 5: - Death Never Rides Alone

Lucas McCain: He's thinkin', Johnny.
Johnny Drako: He's done with thinkin', Lucas. Now he's measuring the odds.
05x03 - Lou Mallory Season 5 / Episode 3: - Lou Mallory

Lou Mallory: You know, my dear departed father used to say there was no sorrier sight on this whole Earth than that of a grown people actin' like a small child who got the stick instead of the lollipop.
05x03 - Lou Mallory Season 5 / Episode 3: - Lou Mallory

Neb Jackman: My pappy always said that the true value of land is measured by the sweat that a man puts into it when he works until his hands is raw. And his back pains him until he can't hardly stand it no more. Then it sorta becomes a part of him and he becomes a part of it and they go... Well, when that happens, he thinks twice before he lets go of any of it. And, well, that's what he said. Ain't that right, Moss?
Moss Jackman: Yeah, Pa, that's what he said.
Neb Jackman: You remember him saying that, Don't you, Bo?
Bo Jackman: Yeah. I remember, Pa. Just as clear as day.
Neb Jackman: You heard him say it. Didn't you, Haslim? Doggone it, Haslim.
Haslim Jackman: Yeah, Pa?
Neb Jackman: Well, as I was saying, Ms. Mallory.
Lou Mallory: I understand what you said, Mr. Jackman, but I'm not here to buy your hard worked farmland. That land on the hill, that's what I want - worthless as it is.
Neb Jackman: [clears throat] Well, it ain't worthless to us. Not as long as we own it.
Lou Mallory: Mr. Jackman, I have here a bank draft, made out in your favor, as a deposit toward the purchase of that land. Accept it now, meet me tomorrow morning at nine o'clock to sign the papers, and I'll raise the price fifty dollars.
Neb Jackman: Well, uh, you got yourself a deal. Honest man can't turn down no fair price.
Lou Mallory: Well, of course not. Thank you, Mr. Jackman. I'll see you tomorrow.
05x03 - Lou Mallory Season 5 / Episode 3: - Lou Mallory

Marshal Micah Torrance: You know, she makes out like she's a smart businesswoman and then winds up letting everyone get the best of her.
Lucas McCain: Ah, well, maybe that's her way of trying to build goodwill for the hotel.
05x03 - Lou Mallory Season 5 / Episode 3: - Lou Mallory

Lucas McCain: Well, if what we figure is true, how am I going to explain to Milly? How am I going to tell her I've been taken by a...
Marshal Micah Torrance: Smart businesswoman?
Lucas McCain: Smart. Smart, or crooked.
Marshal Micah Torrance: Now, there's no law that says she had to tell anyone about the railroad. Is there, Mark?
Mark McCain: That's right, Micah. And, uh, like Pa always says, never let on if you've got a winnin' hand.
05x03 - Lou Mallory Season 5 / Episode 3: - Lou Mallory

Lou Mallory: I stole nothin'. I paid very well for what I have and every one of you was glad to sell.
Neb Jackman: You hornswoggled us! You, you just let us think we was getting a good deal.
Lou Mallory: That, Mr. Jackman, is exactly what you thought you were doing to me.
05x03 - Lou Mallory Season 5 / Episode 3: - Lou Mallory

Neb Jackman: Well, how come you knowed it before we did?
Lou Mallory: I'm a woman, Mr. Jackman.
Neb Jackman: What's that supposed to mean?
Lou Mallory: The Gold Slipper Saloon I owned in Denver was right across from the railroad office. Their men used to come in to drink, to talk, to be friendly. One day, when their talk became interesting, I made it a point to be friendly too. That answer your question?
05x03 - Lou Mallory Season 5 / Episode 3: - Lou Mallory

Lou Mallory: Well...
Lucas McCain: Well, what?
Lou Mallory: Excuse me. I gotta get back to work. I suppose I should thank you?
Lucas McCain: Not if it's too much trouble.
Lou Mallory: It's not that it's too much trouble. It's just... a hard thing for me to say. I've never had to say it before. Thank you.
05x03 - Lou Mallory Season 5 / Episode 3: - Lou Mallory

Lou Mallory: As I understand it, you have the authority to speak for its owner, Miss Scott.
Lucas McCain: Mmhmm. She asked me to act for her before she left North Fork.
Lou Mallory: And, are you in a position to make a deal? I mean right now?
Lucas McCain: If I think it's fair to Milly.
Lou Mallory: Milly? She must have been a good friend.
Lucas McCain: And I intend to see that she remains a good friend.
04x17 - The Quiet Fear Season 4 / Episode 17: - The Quiet Fear

Jake Striker: Farmin's work - I guess you know that. Makin' a farm pay and prosper - that's even harder work.
Brice Hornsby: Yessir, I reckon it is and it's what I want to see. I want to see somethin' made of this place - and I want to see how it's done.
04x17 - The Quiet Fear Season 4 / Episode 17: - The Quiet Fear

Jake Striker: Imagine going all the way to Denver just to learn how to talk with your fingers.
Mark McCain: Well, from what I hear, it's easy than learnin' to read or write.
Jake Striker: Yeah, Mark, at my age it better be!

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