The Rifleman/The Legacy

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The Legacy
Season 2, Episode 11
Airdate December 8, 1959
Written by Edmund Morris
Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Produced by Jules Levy,
Arthur Gardner,
Arnold Laven
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The Legacy is the eleventh episode of the second season of The Rifleman, and the fifty-first episode overall.

Starring: Chuck Connors (Lucas McCain), Johnny Crawford (Mark McCain)

Additional Cast: Paul Fix (Micah Torrance), Denver Pyle (Seth Mitchell), Jack Grinnage (Kirby), Paul Jasmin (Alison), John Harmon (Hotel Clerk), Fay Roope (Doc), Bill Quinn (Sweeney)

and James Franciscus (Philip)

Guest Star: James Barton ("Pop" Simmons)


Plot Overview

Pop, the town drunk, nearing death, asks Lucas to use a ruse to gain his long-estranged son's respect and a visit to him before he dies. Lucas agrees, and soon Pop's son, Philip, a Boston attorney, arrives in Northfork. However, their time together is all too short, for Pop dies. Philip is angered by Pop's ruse, and by the discovery that Pop has left him no material legacy. Philip takes legal action against local folk who had upset Pop before his death, charging them in his father's death. The ensuing conflict becomes a means for Luke to help Philip learn about his father, and thereby gain an unexpected legacy.


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