The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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The Decision 

Lucas witnesses a shooting while repairing fencing on his property. When the man who did it is arrested, he is prepared to testify at the trial. Bribery and threats to his family and self are tried but may just backfire on the accused.




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Episode cast overview:
Lucas McCain
Mark McCain
Marshal Micah Torrance
Frank Hazlitt
Corey Hazlitt
Harry Devers
Arlyne Varden ...
Angie (as Arlyne Lampshire)
Jim Stewart ...
Brett Martin
Carl Hazlitt
Henry Norell ...
C. Henry Whitmore


After Lucas McCain sees Corey Hazlett shoot and kill a man in cold blood, he reports it to Marshal Torrance and Hazlett is arrested. The young man's father, Frank Hazlett, isn't about to take it all lying down. Lucas turns down a lucrative bribe and takes special precautions when they threaten to do Mark harm. Lucas is steadfast however in his decision to testify as to what he saw and sets a trap for the Hazlett clan. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western





Release Date:

6 November 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Crazy Credits

Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his riffle and then stares into the camera. See more »

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A family tries to stop Lucas from testifying against their kin.
3 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

The episode begins in a rather shocking manner when Lucas witnesses a shooting while working on his fence all in the first ten seconds of the show. This sets up a situation where Lucas is set to go to court and testify that he saw young Corey Hazlitt shoot the man in the back. But it will not be easy as the family of young Corey will do anything to keep Lucas from testifying.

The father of Corey, Frank Hazlitt (Denver Pyle), is set on making sure Lucas knows that if he was to testify against his son harm will come to Lucas' son, Mark. He even calls in the large tough family member, in the form of Richard Kiel, to get the point across. Lucas is faced with a tough situation.

In this thirty minute format, the show seemed quick as the meat of the story came and went rather fast. But as always, we are treated to a fine western theme show that was performed well. Plus, as always, we get to look into the love that Lucas has for his son. Good watch!

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