“Welcome to the McCain Ranch”
Come along with us to
North Fork and see how I, Lucas McCain struggled to build a ranch and make a
home for my son, Mark.
This program has two special qualities that set this above and apart from
any other westerns series.
First of course is the way I handle my rifle. But
this program is more than the story of a rifleman fighting for justice. It's
also a story of a father building a ranch for his son on the edge of the
frontier. Ya' know I figure the job of guiding a boy through his formative
years is a big & challenging responsibility. That's the way it is with me as
"The Rifleman" as I teach Mark to appreciate the wild & beautiful country
that surrounds him. To know the meaning of bravery & courage, and the
necessity of tolerance and understanding. The wisdom behind justice and the
physical skills necessity for a youngster living in untamed land before the
turn of the century. Mark & I feel our stories have wide appeal but strong
identification for every member of the family. This is true when I am
fighting against an injustice, involved in the less violent adventure of
building our ranch or watching and helping Mark as he goes through the often
dangerous process that comes up. We hope you feel as we do.....
Paul Fix.....Marshal Micah
Hamilton/President of the North Fork Bank
Halstead/Clerk/Owner of The North Fork Hotel
of the North Fork Saloon.......Sweeney
Roope/Rhys Williams/Jack Kruschen/Robert Burton/Ralph
Moody/Bert Stevens/Dr. Who?.....Doc Burrage
Dierkes/Frank Hagney/Henry Rowland/Karl Swenson....Nils
Denton/Owner General Store (1958 - 1960)
Scott/Owner General Store (1960 - 1962)
Mallory/Owner General Store/Madera House/a farm and
several parcels of land (1962 - 1963)
The series ran from September 1958 to
There were 168 episodes in all.
The Rifleman ―
The First Season
The Sharpshooter ('The Shooting Match').....After
wondering the country for four years, Lucas and Mark
finally find the ranch they'd been looking for, but
the ranch comes with a price, and Lucas may have to
decide between the ranch and his son's life! Leif
Erickson - Dennis Hopper -
Sidney Blackmer -
Armstrong - Charles Arnt -
Mickey Simpson -
Kathleen Mulqueen -
Virginia Aldridge -
Matthew McCue -
Howard Wright -
Archie Butler -
Jack N. Young -
Bobby Somers -
Jesse Wayne (9/30/58)
Sam Peckinpah ~ Director:
"The Rifleman," originally aired on CBS on Dick
Powell's "Zane Grey Theater" on March 7, 1958
- Season 2 Episode #52. The
title of the script for the pilot was 'The Shooting
Match,' but the program aired as 'Sharpshooter,'
with a slightly edited version debuting as the first
episode of the series in the regular season; it was
broadcast as 'The Sharpshooter' on ABC on September
Chit Chat on bloopers and things worth mentioning!
"The Rifleman" episodes are OOOP! Hard to find!
For anyone who does not have all "The Rifleman"
episodes & wish to purchase please check out The
Buyer Beware! page before purchasing
The Rifleman....."Welcome to the McCain Ranch" is a
tribute to the cast, crew, the creators of the
series and all the writers!
I want to personally thank Levy-Gardner-Laven
Productions for all the great Westerns and their
other great shows that have brought us hours of
And a special thanks to Herschel Burke Gilbert for
that great "Rifleman theme."
Have you seen the lyrics to the
"I tip my cowgirl hat to all of you!"
"Keep your sites on The Rifleman!"
"The Rifleman" hits the 'mark' on ABC TV every week!
"This has been a Four Star Production"
Four Star Television, also called Four Star
International, was an American television production
company. The company was founded in 1952 as Four
Star Productions, by prominent Hollywood actors Dick
Powell, David Niven, Joel McCrea, and Charles Boyer.
McCrea left the company soon after, and was replaced
with Ida Lupino as the fourth star, even though she
did not own any stock in the company.
I maintain 'The McCain Ranch' for Lucas &
Please feel free to contact me.
"Come along with me on a trip down memory lane. Sit
back, relax and I hope you enjoy yourself as much as
I am enjoying myself creating 'The McCain Ranch'!"
*The original idea for Lucas
telling the story of each episodes are from
The original episodes were written by Cowgirl/Margie
& revised/written by Michelle Palmer.
A special thank you to Michelle for all she has done
for the ranch! Lucas, Mark & I really
Please be sure to check out
Mark's Memories, Mark's version of each episode
written by Michelle Palmer.
Anything pertaining to "The Rifleman" on this
website is copyrighted material in one way or
another by Levy, Gardner & Laven Productions, the
producers of "The Rifleman."
The McCain Ranch was designed solely for
*No Financial gain is made from this website
around The McCain Ranch
I want to thank each and everyone for visiting "The