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The Baby Sitter 

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A singer in a dance hall asks Lucas to take care of her daughter in order to hide the child from the woman's prejudiced father.


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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Lillian Bronson ... Elizabeth Favor
Bill Quinn ... Frank Sweeney
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... Nels Swenson
Phyllis Avery ... Leona Pickford Bartell
John Dehner ... Wood Bartell


A Bible-quoting mule skinner rides into Northfork looking for his estranged wife. He finds her singing in a saloon, and scornfully demands that she give him their infant baby girl. She refuses, and escapes to her hotel room. She prepares to flee Northfork the next day. In the meantime, Lucas agrees to take her baby home for safekeeping. Lucas must deal with both the baby and her whip-cracking father. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Family | Western





Release Date:

15 December 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Being that McCain raised Mark after his mother died, it's hard to believe he would be perplexed about caring for the baby or changing diapers (or three-corner britches, as he calls them). See more »

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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There is a lot of problems with this story.
27 July 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

When a strange religious man that carried a mean whip, Wood Bartell, rides into to North Fork with the main purpose of finding his estranged wife and infant child. When he finds his wife, Leona, she is singing in a saloon for the drunks. Wood demands that she give the baby to him.

Then the episode gets even more odd when of all the people that live in the town of North Fork, Leona picks Lucas to take the baby for safe-keeping. With a town loaded with women and married couples, she picks Lucas to keep her child.

Well for TV sake Lucas takes the child but it will only be a matter of time before the bizarre stranger finds the whereabouts of the infant.

There was nothing wrong with the acting in this episode since all the people were veteran actors. The problem was with the story. Not only about why the infant was given to Lucas but also the how in the world did the strange religious man and the loose saloon woman ever was close enough to have a child. It just did not make sense.

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