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:
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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(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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Lucas goes to court
9 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man is killed and Lucas McCain is a witness (and almost a victim) so it is his testimony that could send the man to the hangman's noose. BUT the family of the accused Hazelit (including character actor stalwart of countless westerns, Denver Pyle and "Jaws" actor Richard Kiel) will hear nothing of it, so they set out to "convince" Lucas to lie on the stand. A great sample of a tough Sam Peckinpah western classic series that will not disappoint fans of the show or of westerns.

I have fond memories of the Rifleman in its original run. I used to joke about how Lucas could kill or beat up anyone can get a free pass because after all, Lucas McCain was a "good man." Plus having a young son to raise by himself made him sympathetic all the more. on top of his being a man's man. Too bad Chuck Connors got so careless in his later years when it came to taking care of himself. He grew into a raw looking individual rather than the handsome rock-jawed star of a TV show. That, however, made him into a great villain for loads of shows including a mobster on TV's Spenser For Hire.

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