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Lucas McCain, lived with his son, Mark on a ranch near North Fork, New Mexico.
To help raise his son, he helped the ineffective Sheriff, maintain order.
He was helped considerably, by the fact
that he could fire a round,with his specially modified Winchester
in three-tenths of a second!
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Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain / ... (168 episodes, 1958-1963)
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain (168 episodes, 1958-1963)
Paul Fix ... Marshal Micah Torrance / ... (148 episodes, 1958-1963)
Bill Quinn ... Sweeney the bartender (38 episodes, 1958-1963)
Patricia Blair ... Lou Mallory (22 episodes, 1962-1963)
Joe Higgins ... Nils Swenson / ... (21 episodes, 1960-1963)
Harlan Warde ... John Hamilton (18 episodes, 1958-1962)
Joan Taylor ... Milly Scott (18 episodes, 1960-1962)
Hope Summers ... Hattie Denton (16 episodes, 1958-1960)
John Harmon ... Eddie Halstead - Hotel Clerk / ... (14 episodes, 1958-1962)
Ralph Moody ... Doc Burrage / ... (12 episodes, 1960-1963)
John Milford ... Bro Hadley / ... (11 episodes, 1959-1962)
And many others notably,
Jack Elam, Denver Pyle, Warren Oates, Lee Van Cleef, John Carradine
Dennis Hopper, Harry Carey Jr.,William Fawcett
Michael Landon, Karl Swenson, Sammy Davis Jr.
James Coburn, Vic Morrow and Michael Ansara
Series Directed by
Joseph H. Lewis (51 episodes, 1958-1963)
Arnold Laven (21 episodes, 1958-1963)
Arthur H. Nadel (10 episodes, 1962-1963)
and many others...
Arthur Gardner, Jules V. Levy,
Arnold Laven, Arthur H. Nadel
Series Writing Credits
Arthur Browne Jr. (35 episodes, 1959-1963)
and many more....
* In the pilot for the series, by Sam Peckinpah (originally written for "Gunsmoke" (1955) but turned down for that show), Chuck Connors' character was named John McCain, not Lucas McCain, and he didn't have a son. It was producer Arnold Laven's idea to make McCain a widower with a son. Also, McCain was originally supposed to have been a dead shot with a pistol. Laven had the idea to use a customized Winchester rifle as McCain's weapon of choice.
* The Rifleman's Rifle The trick feature of the rifle was a screw pin attached to the large loop lever which was positioned so as to trip the trigger when the ring was slammed home, thus allowing Lucas to rapid-fire the rifle, similarly to a semi-automatic pistol. The trigger trip screw pin was also used in two configurations. Sometimes Chuck had the screw head turned inside close to the trigger. Most of the times he had it on the outside of the trigger guard with a lock nut on the outside to further secure its position. In some of the episodes the screw was taken out completely when rapid fire action was not needed. When properly adjusted, this screw “squeezed” the trigger when the lever was fully closed. From:The Rifleman's Rifle Website
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