The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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Death Never Rides Alone 

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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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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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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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Possibly the best episode of The Rifleman, guest starring the great Lee Van Cleef
17 April 2019 | by FredFromFloridaSee all my reviews

This is arguably the best episode of The Rifleman. Lee Van Cleef ("Johnny Drako") is a weathered fast-draw gunfighter who is ready to settle down. He had fought with Chuck Connors ("Lucas McCain") during the Civil War. Drako shows up in North Fork, and asks for Lucas.

Drako tells Lucas that in six months, a year, maybe two, other gunfighters will forget about him, and he will be able to live a quiet life. But it is not meant to be. Three cocky outlaws come riding into town, looking for trouble. Confident that they can outgun Lucas McCain and Marshall Micah Torrance, they encourage Drako to join them in challenging Lucas and Micah. The bad guys square off against the good guys in an epic showdown in the middle of town.

All of the cast members are outstanding here; especially the great Lee Van Cleef, Chuck Connors, and Rex Holman. The camera work is superb. The suspense starts in the opening scene, and doesn't subside until the very end.

"Death Never Rides Alone" is a Western TV classic!

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