The Rifleman/The Spiked Rifle

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The Spiked Rifle
Season 2, Episode 9
Airdate November 24, 1959
Written by Palmer Thompson
Directed by John English
Produced by Jules Levy,
Arthur Gardner,
Arnold Laven
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The Spiked Rifle is the ninth episode of the second season of The Rifleman, and the forty-ninth episode overall.

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

Additional Cast: Richard Devon (Austin Stark), Jack Lambert (John Lance), Baynes Barron (Gus Kelso), Virginia Christine (Mrs. Hardy), Harlan Warde (John Hamilton), Fay Roope (Barton), Charles Conrad (Mallory), Glenn Strange (Stagecoach Driver), John Harmon (Hotel Clerk)


Plot Overview

With $20,000 scheduled to be sent out on the next stagecoach, banker John Hamilton accepts Lucas McCain's offer to ride shotgun when the man he's hired to do the job fails to show up. Three men are intent on robbing that stage however and when they learn that Lucas will be riding along, they decide to use Mark as a means of getting the money without ever pulling a gun. When the stage arrives at a rest stop, they tell Lucas that they are holding Mark and he will be killed if the loot isn't handed over. Lucas reluctantly complies and races home to see if his son is safe.


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