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An Army officer is captured by Pawnee Indians who have left the reservation and bought faulty guns. The undercover officer is trying to find who is selling the guns. Earp has to rescue the officer but to do so must find the seller.​




Ned Buntline arrives in Dodge City broke looking for help from Earp who is happy to help in return for the Buntline special. Buntline needs a good story so when an undercover military officer arrives, Buntline might have a good one.​




Earp is invited to speak at the Cattlemen's Convention at the Dodge City Opera House. A source tells Kate Holliday that it is a setup by Texas cattlemen to kill Earp. Earp foils the first attempt but he is still pressured to attend.​




Texan Drum Denman goes after northerner Earp by backing a free newspaper to print false stories about Earp trying to draw him out of Dodge City. His second story says Earp is having an affair with the minister's teenage daughter.​




Earp is asked by Wells Fargo to ride shotgun to help catch the Purvis gang. Earp agrees with conditions including a posse to follow the state but a grandmother complicates the situation when she refuses to wait for a later stage.​



 

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Wells Fargo asks Earp to go undercover into the badlands to capture Blackie Saunders wanted for a robbery and murder. Earp agrees to go as a man blamed for Blackie's crime. He finds the outlaw hangout and a solitary neighbor he must fight.​





Joe Riva is nearly lynched by Pete Hendell for horse stealing which is the punishment in Kansas. Earp stops the lynching and believes Riva is innocent. Doc who knows Riva decides a different type of punishment is needed to make a point.​





Earp's old friend Sam McGuffin stops in Dodge City with a load of freight and his six mules along with a companion. Earp has to intervene when Sam uses a whip on his companion he catches trying to steal something and abandoning Sam.​





Shotgun's mule Roscoe is sick and he wants Dr. McCarty to help. When he says the mule is drunk, Earp decides to call Doc Fabrique from Wichita to help but Doc thinks it is Earp who is near death. The grouchy Doc has to find a miracle cure.​





Actress Cora Campbell comes to Dodge City to perform creating interest among the men and especially silversmith Tom Tanner. She is followed by gunman Clay Bronson. When Tanner is beaten and Bronson is found dead, Earp has a case to solve.​



 

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As Wyatt and his group enter Arizona they are stopped by a representative of Wells Fargo. He wants the Earps to work for them which they turn down until Wyatt and Doc learn Dave Mather is nearby. They want him for killing Mike de Graff.​





Earp decides to ride into Tombstone alone and unarmed to see for himself how bad it is. He finds himself caught in the midst of an ongoing dispute between the miners and Clantons. Mistaken for a cowboy, he is helped by Nellie Cashman.​





Earp decides to leave Tombstone but learns the Clantons are gunning for him. Nellie Cashman and Dick Gird want Earp to stay to bring law and order to Tombstone. Earp with Doc's help is forced to fight the Clantons as Earp sets a trap.​





Earp soon learns that the Tombstone newspaper The Nugget is run by a crooked editor who in league with the gangs running Arizona including the Clantons. When he meets an honest ex-newspaperman, Earp pushes him to open the honest Epitaph.​





After a warning by Earp Marshal Fred White tries to take the pistol from a drunk Curly Bill Brocius. White's actions cause the gun to fire mortally wounding him. Earp a witness is forced to protect Brocius from a city lynch mob.​



 

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On orders from Territorial Governor Gosper Wyatt Earp heads south to make peace when he learns that Old Man Clanton has sent his men into Mexico to rob the silver trains and steal the cattle of wealthy Mexican rancher Don Sebastian.​





Due to the trouble in Arizona the Governor is fired and the new one has decided on a shoot to kill order and vigilantes to stop the lawlessness. He also appoints Morgan Earp as Wyatt's deputy but Wyatt is not happy with his orders.​





The wife of a wounded outlaw takes him to Tombstone for medical attention as he has decided to go straight. Earp learns who he is but doesn't trust him when a member of his gang is caught casing out one of the two Tombstone banks.​





Wyatt tries to put a stop to ongoing border skirmishes between the Clanton gang and Mexican bandits. He's worried that if Old Man Clanton is killed, a bloody fight for power will erupt among his sons and subordinates.​





Earp recalls in court the details of the day when the Clanton gang rides into Tombstone to shoot it out with the Earps and his plans initially to head off a street battle by arresting each one of the gang separately and then the gunfight.​




 

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Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive. He is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way.

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S01E19 Incident of the Dry Drive (May.22.1959)
Stars Clint Eastwood Eric Fleming Sheb Wooley Paul Brinegar James Murdock Steve Raines Rocky Shahan Victor Jory Jean Inness Ron Hagerthy Chris Alcaide John Cole George DeNormand

Facing a drought, Favor is being pressured by a corrupt and revengeful acquaintance Jess Hode for first half and then all of his herd for access to water. However, when Hode's son comes to realize the truth about his dad, he tries to help.​




A local wolver Gil hires to kill a pack besieging the Rawhiders' cattle, is more dangerous than Canis lupus. Smirking Brad Morgan promised 3 well-set women to run off with him. Convienently, one just rebuffed the scout Pete's plea to get back together. The wolf-man sets up Pete to take the fall for murdering saloon owner Nora Sage. While Gil waits for a river up ahead to subside, Morgan lays metal traps for the canyon's gray wolves.​




Prisoners break out of prison and try to steal the drovers' horses.​




A crazed man following the drovers comes into camp for help followed by Rowdy finding three hungry women and a boy alone. A mirror slipped to Rowdy by them causes the people at a trading post to think the drovers are Comancheros.​



 

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A dying woman stumbles into the cattle drive. Her husband, a feared gunslinger turned rancher, soon shows up and accuses the drovers of shooting her. Gil and Rowdy fear that their cattle are coming down with a deadly disease, so they turn the herd towards the Ewan and Reese Dangerfield chemical dipping station, on the widowed rancher's recommendation.​




Rowdy is saved from falling down a well by a woman. Later, the woman's family and friends had to manage to steal the drovers' horses.​




Mr. Favor is stuck in a house, because the owner of the house is attacked by some men.​




Desperate for water, Gil's drive is forced into a deadly confrontation between the Paneequa tribe and surveyors, over the Lake of the Haunted Hills. The valley's ghostly winds and geysers are sacred to the tribe, while the U.S. Army survey is headed by a stubborn Indian killer Captain, who orders a Paneequa woman tortured. Gil hopes his drover Tasunka, who left the tribe as a teen, can mediate the dispute with minimal bloodshed, but when Gil finds that the local White settlement Heliotrope is a ghost town due to the dispute, the trail boss tells Rowdy to take over the drive in case he is killed.​




Gil shoots and wounds a puma while while out scouting for the cattle drive. The puma escaped and kills the young son of a local rancher's widow. Gil and the guys go on the hunt for the puma along with a friend of the widow (Cesar Romero) who also happens to want to kill Gil because he's jealous of the attention the widow shows Gil.​



 

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Favor and Rowdy accidentally get the smallpox, and they leave the herd to find vaccine for themselves, and the town around.​





Gil is allowed to continue the cattle drive, despite being accused of murder by the victim's wife and son, after Rowdy is deputized to guard him. Meanwhile, the real killers, three outlaws, scheme to steal church funds from a priest befriended by Gil and Rowdy.​





An outlaw usurps a dead man's identity and he is heading for the next town along with the drovers. When Rowdy gets in the middle of his business he finds himself in serious trouble and it is up to Mr. Favor to figure out a way of saving him.​





The drovers rescue an injured traveler and his grown daughter, who is sensitive about her unmarried status. The woman flees, but scout Pete Nolan locates her. Upon learning that she can't face patronizing relatives in the town she's moving to, Pete decides to accompany her there and pose as her fiancé.​




It looks like the drovers are moving smoothly until they find a very slow moving wagon on their way, allegedly carrying champagne. As it turns out it was not only champagne and everyone could be in danger.​




 

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THE REBEL needs THE YANK! Writer/producer Andrew J. Fenady wanted a companion show to his Nick Adams series starring his friend, James Drury. The year was 1960 and Fenady, steeped in western history and Civil War lore, put together a terrific script, cast and production team for THE YANK. Fenady also enlisted the same director who had helmed THE REBEL’s first episode in 1959, Irvin Kershner. Both pilots were loaded with hard cuts, violence, and interesting camera placement. THE REBEL, starring Nick Adams, had sold quickly. Fenady was hoping that lightning would strike twice. In addition to working together on THE REBEL, Fenady and Kershner had previously teamed on the low budget cult classic, STAKEOUT ON DOPE STREET. All were years before George Lucas tapped Kershner to direct the STAR WARS sequel, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980). Fenady, whether it was for his TV series THE REBEL, BRANDED or HONDO, always packed his programs, and movies like CHISUM, with very talented character actors we all know and love. In THE YANK, we see an array of the finest. John McIntire. L.Q. Jones. Harry Townes. John Sutton. Jack Pennick. And, as a picked upon ex-Yankee surgeon in a Southern town, James Drury is terrific, gives a very strong performance and shows why he became one of TV’s most popular performers. Lots of moral dilemma and compromised characters populate this solid half hour. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, THE YANK failed to get picked up. Unfortunate for Fenady, but fortunate for Jim Drury because he soon became the star of the 3rd longest running network western in TV history, THE VIRGINIAN (1962-1971). A Word on Westerns



 

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Personable Western series based in Wyoming from the 1890s onward.​




Judge Garth has a visitor from South America who inherited a critical piece of property in the middle of Shiloh used to move cattle. When he learns Garth has held back information on it, he decides to put crippling pressure on Garth.​





Trampas becomes involved with 3 good old fun loving guys. The four of them meet up with a gang of real bad guys. When Trampas and friends volunteer to go after the bad guys they get an awakening from the townsfolk.​





Garth trails a woman to San Francisco who he believes is part of a con game involving a railroad deal. Garth kills a man who he believes to be a part of it. However, when no body can be found, he and others start to question his sanity.​





The Virginian relates the history of Trampas coming to Shiloh as he tries to calm a boy on a rampage. Trampas was raised by a gambling father who tried to reform him and Trampas' effort for revenge for the killing of his father by Garth.​





The Virginian recalls his arrival at Shiloh when he went to work for a neighboring ranch that was close to a range war with Shiloh. He is caught in a feud with the foreman causing the fight and falls in love with the girl engaged to him.​




 

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Lucas is ordered by a murderous town owner to lose a public shooting match, or he will kill his sharpshooting opponent and possibly harm his son Mark.​





In North Fork, Lucas McCain meets Micah Torrence, now a drunk but at one time considered one of the ablest lawmen in the territory. He admits he lost his nerve and it led him to a life of drink. Lucas offers him a job as a ranch hand and uses a tough-love approach to get him to sober up. The Shelton brother ride into town looking to get even with Micah who jailed them 10 years before. Lucas is lured into a trap but it's Micah who comes to his rescued.​





While traveling back to North Fork on the stage after selling their herd, Lucas and Mark are sharing the stage with a Marshal and his prisoner Johnny Cotton. When they stop to water the horses, some of Cotton's friends are lying in wait. Cotton steals the money Lucas got for the cattle and his rifle. He sends Mark on with the stage but tracks the robbers as best he can given that he doesn't have a horse or a weapon.​





Lucas McCain hires an bitter ex-Confederate to help him around the ranch. When General Philip Sheridan and his staff stop at McCain's ranch to camp, Lucas is afraid there will be trouble.​





Lucas McCain and his son Mark come across U.S. Deputy Marshal Sam Buckhart who is escorting an Indian prisoner. To Lucas' surprise he finds that Buckhart himself is an Indian, educated at Harvard College. In North Fork, Buckhart goes about his business until some of the townsfolk realize he is an Indian and decide to take matters into their own hands. It's left to Lucas to show them the error of their ways.​



 

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Neal,

The Rifleman is my favorite western series.
Great writing and interaction between Lucas and his son Mark.
Several years ago I purchased the original soundtrack to this show…great music.

John
Johnny Crawford on Mickey Mouse Club


Hi Neal - still reading the mail. Cheers

Thanks John! Here's some of that soundtrack. Thanks Marv, fun clip!



 

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An outlaw gang plans to take over and loot the town of North Fork by getting rid of the one man who could stand in their way: Lucas McCain.​





The three Malakie boys comes to town and bust up the saloon. Lucas McCain and Marshal Micah Torrance stop them, but in the course of doing so, one of the boys shoots and kills his own brother. That doesn't stop them from blaming Lucas however and when their father Daniel Malakie arrives, he breaks his two surviving sons out of jail intent on getting even. They ambush someone they think is Lucas but get it wrong and Lucas and Micah hunt them down.​





A newspaper article extolling Lucas' skills with a gun brings him trouble when a gunfighter shows up in town aiming to prove that he's faster than Lucas.​





Town ne'er-do-well Brett Conway finds out that a couple who moved near North Fork and soon fell sick are actually ill with highly contagious and potentially fatal yellow fever. Knowing that Lucas was the person who initially discovered the couple, Conway threatens to spread the news of their condition to the entire town, thereby causing a panic, unless Lucas buys his ... Read all





Lucas and Mark find themselves in deep trouble when their wagon breaks down while they're crossing the desert.​



 

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It should be noted that "The Marshall" episode of The Rifleman was written and directed by the great Sam Peckinpah. Peckinpah helped to create the series, but left early on because of creative differences.
 

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It should be noted that "The Marshall" episode of The Rifleman was written and directed by the great Sam Peckinpah. Peckinpah helped to create the series, but left early on because of creative differences.
Thanks Bob. Mr. Peckinpah also inspired this fan made video from YouTube. :)



 

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A few years back I had a landlady who was gaga for Chuck Conners, but my mom recently told me he always gave her the creeps (“Something about those eyes.”). I like him.
I like Connors, too, but your Mom's not wrong...there's something of the crazy about him. Johnny Crawford told some pretty funny and wild stories about him; Larry Cohen, too. I imagine he could be pretty damn intimidating.
 

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It should be noted that "The Marshall" episode of The Rifleman was written and directed by the great Sam Peckinpah. Peckinpah helped to create the series, but left early on because of creative differences.
The Peckinpah episodes are among my favorites in the whole series.
 

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