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The Rifleman/The Vaqueros

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The Vaqueros
Season 4, Episode 1
Airdate October 2, 1961
Production Number 4804
Written by Arthur Browne, Jr.
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
Produced by Jules Levy,
Arthur Gardner,
Arnold Laven
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The Vaqueros is the first episode of the fourth season of The Rifleman, and the one hundred eleventh episode overall.

Starring: Chuck Connors (Lucas McCain), Johnny Crawford (Mark McCain), Paul Fix (Micah Torrance) (credit only)

Additional Cast: Ziva Rodann (Maria), Vladimir Sokoloff (Abuelito), Than Wyenn (Ramos), Pepe Hern (Lazaro), Roberto Contreras (Angelo)

and Martin Landau (Miguel)


Plot Overview

Lucas and Mark have traveled deep into Mexico looking to buy a seed bull. They are stopped by a bandit, Miguel, and his gang, who take the McCains' horses, supplies and Lucas' rifle and tie Lucas to a tree for a slow death by exposure to the elements. Mark is taken prisoner and forced to work for the bandits. Lucas manages to escape and makes his way to a small village who know only too well about Miguel. A local woman named Maria nurses Lucas back to health and when Miguel and his gang show up in town with Mark in tow, Lucas gets his chance to set things right as Maria vows to help him deal with the outlaw gang. While the bandits party in a cantina as Maria keeps them distracted, Lucas knocks out one of the bandits outside the cantina and rescues Mark, then rushes inside, reclaims his rifle and guns down the remaining bandits (including Miguel), ending their reign of terror in the village.


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