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Episodes 1 thru 40 — Season 1

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'The Sharpshooter' episode #1 — The scene in the dining room at the table with Mark and Vernon (Dennis Hopper), Lucas was smoking a cigarette which Vernon lit for him. We saw Lucas enjoying a cigarillo from time to time but that's the only time I noticed him smoking a regular cigarette. Not only that, but it appeared to be a manufactured one with cleanly cut squared ends. Definitely not hand rolled as one would have expected in North Fork. The cigarette making machine was only invented in 1881 so that would have been a recent development in which case Lucas was right on top of the latest technology. I wonder if it was a Camel, which was Chuck's brand? After that episode as far as I recall Lucas smoked an occasional cigarillo but no more cigarettes. Thanks Brownpa!

When Lucas arrives in North Fork he is wearing a vest. No vest when he goes to dinner. Then At the end he has the vest on again. Cowgirl!

Did Lucas take his vest off when he sent Mark ahead to order supper? After the Turkey Shoot when Lucas was getting their things together to leave town he has his vest on again. When he went to the room did he put his vest on again? Cowgirl!

Lucas's horse — When Lucas and Mark rode into town, Lucas rode a blaze-faced Sorrel. In the next episode, 'Home Ranch', he had Razor. Did he swap? Did he buy, even though he was strapped for cash?? BTW, did you notice the same blaze-faced sorrel was ridden by one of the gang in 'End of a Young Gun'? I have a blaze-faced Sorrel myself. He's my big boy  :) It is interesting to note that one horse is usually ridden by the character actor in the shows. He is often seen tied in the street also. It looks like a blazed sorrel and has white stockings. He has been in almost every episode. He must have been a wonderful horse because: He stands nicely when they mount, and he stands quietly when they need him to, besides that he was a nice looking horse. Thanks Lu!

There were a lot of changes between the pilot 'The Sharpshooter' and 'The Home Ranch'. Mark aged about 6 months and this was obvious. Another thing I never quite understood was that in an era when beer sold at the local saloon for 5 cents, Lucas in the pilot refers to that little prize money ($500) helping make their first payment on the Dunlap Ranch. $500 in those days would have bought most of the ranch, I would think. Thanks Sweeney! 

Mark told Vernon he could shoot his Pa's rifle, but later we learn that Mark cannot shoot. He gets his first shooting lesson in episode #150 - 'Mark's Rifle' - Cowgirl!

In the second round of shooting, Vernon is called for "four in the center, one just out." In fact, the fifth shot was touching the center ring and according to shooting rules if it touches the center ring, it is considered in the center ring.

Just how far is it to North Fork? It just depends on you ask!

Lucas' rifle — Lucas sits down the rifle to look at Vernon's hand. When the sheriff walks in, Lucas turns to leave but doesn't pick up the rifle. Yet it's in his hand when he goes outside to Mark...For a second, it looked like he picked it up with his left hand, but it wasn't there because he patted Vernon with that hand...so... Thanks Michelle Palmer!

Lucas cowboy hat — Take a close look at the cowboy hats Lucas is wearing. The picture on the right is from the beginning of the episode when Lucas & Mark stop to checkout the land. The picture on the right is near the end when Lucas confronts Big Jim & his gang. Also his vest is on again off again! Cowgirl!

Hi Cowgirl - Greetings from rainy Seattle, Washington.  Some interesting notes from 'The Sharpshooter' — Early in the first episode there is a shot looking into the distance from in front of The Dunlap ranch house with very obvious utility lines (see screen shot). Could be telegraph in 1880, but maybe 1958 power lines? Also, the mama cow that Mark herds out of the scene has a chain and number ~ I can't find documentation that cattle chain tags date back to 1880 as an alternative to branding. Thanks JB from Seattle, Washington!

At one point it looks like Lucas & Mark had look alike hats! Cowgirl!

'The Sharpshooter' versus 'Home Ranch'Cowgirl!

Here we see Lucas smoke a cigarette.....  I looked to see if there was an ashtray on the table when he sat down, but I didn't see any..... It looks like Lucas might have put his cigarette out on a dish. We never see Vernon smoke, but yet he had matches to light Lucas' cigarette. Is this something cowboys just carried with them? Cowgirl!

The scene in the dining room at the table with Mark and Vernon (Dennis Hopper), Lucas was smoking a cigarette which Vernon lit for him. We saw Lucas enjoying a cigarillo from time to time but that's the only time I noticed him smoking a regular cigarette. Not only that, but it appeared to be a manufactured one with cleanly cut squared ends. Definitely not hand rolled as one would have expected in North Fork. The cigarette making machine was only invented in 1881 so that would have been a recent development in which case Lucas was right on top of the latest technology. I wonder if it was a Camel, which was Chuck's brand? After that episode as far as I recall Lucas smoked an occasional cigarillo but no more cigarettes. Thanks Brownpa!

Mark is at the restaurant. Lucas was suppose to meet Mark. We don't hear Mark talk to the waitress, so we don't know for sure if Mark told her his Pa was meeting him there. Vernon walks in and Mark invites him to join them. There are three places set at the table. Why not 2 or four? Why 3? The Table where Sheriff Tomlinson was setting has a place setting for  two. Cowgirl!

I looked to see if there was an ashtray on the table when he sat down, but I didn't see any..... It looks like Lucas might have put his cigarette out on a dish. We never see Vernon smoke, but yet he had matches to light Lucas' cigarette. Is this something cowboys just carried with them? Cowgirl!

Mark's face — You can see a mark on the left side of Mark's face. It's not in the film because you can see it every time he moves his head. But later we see Mark at the Turkey Shoot and it's gone. Cowgirl!

Is it Marshal Fred Tomlinson or is it Sheriff Fred Tomlinson? In 'The Sharpshooter' when Fred introduces himself to Lucas he say: "Fred Tomlinson, McCain. The sheriff's getting a little to lazy for his job." In the credits it reads Sheriff Tomlinson. In 'The Marshal' Florry & Lloyd call Fred Tomlinson - Marshal. The credits read Fred Tomlinson. Cowgirl!

Big Jim is shot, as he falls you can see this white stuff showing, is it a t-shirt? If you look at the picture on the right, Big Jim's shirt seems to be tucked in. I don't think it's his t-shirt or you would see shirt tails hanging out. Cowgirl!

'The Sharpshooter' - Wavs  — (A) Johnny Crawford tried to do a bit of a southern accent - I am glad he dropped it - it sucked. (B) They never mentioned that "North Fork" was in NM, and the name of the hotel (The California House) suggests that the original idea was to have it in California. (C) Lucas makes his very first "Raise the boy right Micah" speech to Vernon. Thanks Renewed Fan!

There was not only a "Pa" moment in 'The Sharpshooter', but there was also a "Dad" moment - - Vernon also refers to Lucas as "Your Dad" and maybe because this was a pilot, they hadn't decided what Mark would call Lucas. It happened while Mark was talking to Vernon in the restaurant. Thanks Renewed Fan!

What does 'The Sharpshooter' - 'A Friend in Need' - 'Panic' - 'Skull' & 'The Vision' all have in common? In all of these episodes we hear Lucas referred to as 'Dad' or 'Daddy'. Cowgirl!

Lucas says to Vernon....."That boy of mine is your responsibility....." Thanks Renewed Fan!

When Mark was having lunch with Vernon, he told Vernon that he can shoot his "Dad's" rifle. I know in the original script of 'The Sharpshooter' Mark does call Lucas Dad. Cowgirl!

Notice the sign on the left—this sign is the sign that Vernon shows his shooting skills on. In this episode Vernon looks over his right shoulder, our left, and then shoots 5 shots into the sign. (See the sign to the right) Notice the trunk and the size of this tree. Notice no tree standing in front of the house. Cowgirl!

Notice the location of the tree, the picture on the left, the tree stands in front of the house. Notice the picture on the right, the sign is on a totally different tree from the one that Vernon shot 5 holes into — the for sale sign on the right has no bullet holes in it — also the signs read differently. (The sign above says 4 mi. south — see Judge Hanavan — how far did you say it was from North Fork to the McCain Ranch? I guess it depends on who's giving the directions) Cowgirl!

Notice the picture on the left—this is suppose to be the Dunlap Ranch—that's what they lead you to think when Big Jim & his men meet Vernon & his uncle there. When Lucas & Mark arrive at their 'The Sharpshooter' episode #1 / ''Home Ranch' episode #2—the house on the right is what the Dunlap Ranch looks like with a lot more buildings to the ranch. Cowgirl!

Archie slides the bottle down the bar. You see Lucas shoot this bottle and the bottle shatters. Then you see Lucas goes under the bar and then take aim. How can there still be a bottle still standing and no broken glass in sight? Cowgirl!

Lucas goes to the saloon to confront Big Jim about Vernon's money he owes him. Right before the shooting starts Archie is at the end of the bar. Then they switch scenes and you see a gunfight breakout. You see a cowboy run out of the saloon through a side door. The next scene from the door you see Archie pop out from behind the door as he starts shooting. What happened to the cowboy that went behind the door? Did he takes Archie's place until he could get there? Cowgirl!

If you slow down Lucas’ firing at the turkey shoot, you can see there is not a screw but a dome-shaped piece that is tripping the trigger. Thanks Ann Marie! 

Be sure & check out Shawn's page on the rifle in this pilot episodeThanks Shawn!

You have to watch this episode to see the light flash in the bushes. I wonder if it was a signal of some sorts? Cowgirl!

I'm not sure what kind of tire tracks these are, maybe tractor? But any who, I don't think these are tracks that would appear in 1881. Cowgirl!

As Lucas and Mark inspect the Dunlap ranch, Lucas picks up some grass. We can see Chuck is wearing presumably his real wedding ring from his first marriage. This is the only time he’s wearing it during the whole episode. The picture on the right for comparison is from two scenes later, as he is getting ready to eat with Mark and Vernon in the hotel dining room. Thanks Ann Marie!

In 'The Sharpshooter' we see Mark wearing a regular belt, but in 'Home Ranch' we see Mark wearing a belt like Lucas wears through the first season. Then in the 'The Patsy', the start of season 2 you see Mark wearing a different belt. Cowgirl!

I thought it was odd that Vernon lit the match with his fingers. He didn’t strike the match against anything. Never seen anyone do that before. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Big Jim puts his hands on Mark’s shoulders during the second round of the turkey shoot, he does it twice. Thanks Ann Marie!

Vernon is shot, then he turns to the right and as he turns you can see him deliberately bang into the saloon glass door. Cowgirl!


'Home Ranch' episode #2 — Who is this guy that Jackford is hitting in the tummy? It's suppose to be Lucas McCain. "Who's the guy tripping Jackford?" Cowgirl!

'The Sharpshooter' versus 'Home Ranch'Cowgirl!

The sign reads: 4 Mi. South — See Judge Hanavan — How far did you say it was from North Fork to the McCain Ranch? I guess it depends on who's giving the directions. Cowgirl!

These 3 picture were taken of the area of where the ranch sat in 'Home Ranch'.  The area does not look anything like the area we are familiar with. I don't remember seeing all those building and trees that close to the ranch after the fire. Cowgirl!

After Lucas gets up from being dragged, there’s only a little hay in his front shirt pockets. But when he walks over to stand by Mark and says, “This is our home. We’re staying.” there’s a TON of hay in there! Then as the camera angles change on Lucas and Mark, the amount of hay in Lucas’ pockets appears to diminish all by itself! Also, in real life, don’t you think that Lucas’ shirt would have been torn or ripped or at least dirtier than it was? Just the top two closures came open. What about some wounds on his chest instead of nothing? Thanks Ann Marie!

Scenery - When Lucas is talking/yelling at Oat Jackford at the camp, there is one full shot of Lucas and the rocks are supposed to be behind him. But they aren’t. Thanks Ann Marie!

Horse Sense — Which horse is which?

The Scene in 'Home Ranch' where Lucas confronts Oat Jackford & his men looks like the same scene in 'The Angry Gun' where Lucas & Blade (Gregory Walcott), one of Johnny Cotton's gang, had their fight scene. Cowgirl!

When the cougar growls in the tree, it is stock footage from 'Home Ranch'. Thanks Ann Marie!

In Sam Peckinpah's book - If They Move . . . Kill 'Em!: The Life and Times of Sam Peckinpah by David Weddle talks about Sam Peckinpah's family ranch was The Dunlap Ranch. Several different sections on some very interesting things about The Rifleman. Cowgirl!

The Story of Job, was one of Sam Peckinpah's favorite passages from the Bible, which he often recited to his children in times of crisis. The one In 'Home Ranch' was the Wild West version. Cowgirl!

Rifle — During the last scene — in all the wide shots of Lucas, except for the last one, right before he dismounts—he’s just holding his rifle in his right hand, pointed at the ground, basically. But in the close ups he has it propped up on his thigh. Thanks Ann Marie!

'Home Ranch'  — stunts by Jack Young - unaccredited. Who did Sam Montgomery really drag through the field? Since it wasn't Lucas who got hit in the tummy, who was it? Jack was hired as a Utility Stuntman and he also doubled for Chuck Connors in some of his long distance riding, etc.

This photo on the left shows all the windows broken to the same degree, i.e., one bullet hole through them. But look on the right, just a few seconds later. The top left window looks like it’s completely knocked out—and the top right one has much more of the glass missing than the six below it. Also, the wagon has moved to the right in the photo on the right—to where it’s almost out of the frame—and the edge of the picket fence has moved into the frame. Thanks Ann Marie!

While Lucas is unpacking in front of his and Mark’s new home, Billy says, “It’s Oat Jackford’s outfit. Maybe you’ve heard of him,” and Lucas says, “As a matter of fact I have,” Lucas pulls out a frying pan from the buckboard. Lucas says, “I thought your grass was in Arizona Territory.” He sets it to the side with his right hand. Then Sam says, “It is. Arizona, New Mexico and a good section of Nevada, too. You see Mr. Jackford had sort of a working arrangement…” When the shot switches back to Lucas, watch carefully. Lucas has got the frying pan again, and sets it off to his right a second time. Thanks Ann Marie!

'Home Ranch' — stunts by Jack Young - unaccredited. Who did Sam Montgomery really drag through the field? Since it wasn't Lucas who got hit in the tummy, who was it?


'End of A Young Gun' episode #3 — In the scene where Lucas is talking with Michael Landon, he gave him a new crutch, then he has the old crutch in the next scene, then the new one again!  Also, when Lucas was fixing the wagon, he spins the wheel one way, and after some talking, spins it the other way. Thanks Lone Star Mama's family!

Right before Lucas takes the wheel off the buckboard, he is incorrectly turning the nut to the right. This would tighten it. Then after he greases the axle and puts the wheel back on, he is first erroneously turning the nut to the left and then correctly to the right. Thanks Ann Marie!

You said Lucas was turning the nut on the axle of the wagon the wrong way. The nuts on the left side of a lot of vehicles  have "left hand threads". They do this so that the forward turning of the wheel will tend to tighten the nut rather than loosen it and then the wheel would eventually  fall off. They also do this on some modern day vehicles with the lug nuts. All most every semi truck today has left hand threads on the left side of the truck. Thanks Boneyard!

Has anyone ever noticed the blunder in the scene between Michael Landon and Chuck Connors in the barn? After Will gets his new crutch and Will asks, "Did you do this for me?" Lucas says yes. "Why?"  "I thought it would make it a little easier for you." Then you see him sorta holding it upright and leaning on it a bit close up. Pan out to full image of Chuck and Michael - the position of the crutch is different. Close up - crutch is in the same location as the previous close up shot.

After the scene in the barn Lucas, Mark & Will have supper together. While setting at the supper table, you can see Will has his old crutch. Even when he stands after supper you can still see the old crutch. Look at the crutch & the ends of the crutch and compare it to the pictures in the barn. When Will left the barn go into the house, did he grab the wrong crutch? Cowgirl!

When Mark is hanging off the cliff, he doesn't have a hat on. When he gets to the top, to stand next to the outlaw, he's wearing his hat. Where did he pick it up? On the way up the side of the cliff? Also, got a kick how little Mark ran up to Lucas and took his hand while he was explaining things when they showed up at the house. Precious! Thanks Mary!

After Will throws the rope down, if you watch Mark, it looks like he's standing perfectly fine. He's not holding on very tight...You can tell he's standing on a platform or something. Thanks Michelle Palmer!

Check out the back of Lucas' jeans—now mind, keep your mind out of the gutter!  ; )  Look at the "W" stitches on the back pocket, plus the Wrangler patch is missing—Wranglers jeans were first made by Blue Bell, who acquired the brand when they took over Casey Jones in the mid 1940's. Cowgirl!

At the end, Michael Landon's character, Will is saying goodbye to Lucas and Mark and then he turns his attention to Ann. Mark is looking up at Ann, then Lucas quickly turns Mark's head away. It was so typical "fatherly" that I wonder, was it planned our did Chuck just do it as an adlib? It almost looked like Mark didn't expect it. Thanks Deanne Bertram!

The scene at the end where Will is getting ready to leave for Martinsville to turn himself in. The door is shut but there is a breeze and you can see the curtains moving. You have to watch the episode to be able to see the curtains moving. Cowgirl!

Michael Landon's character was named Will and in 'The Mind Reader' his name was Billy, they were two totally different characters. Thanks Michelle Palmer!

After Mark tells Lucas the men saved him from falling off the cliff, Lucas introduces himself as “Luke McCain.” 'Duel of Honor' is another rare example of Lucas referring to himself in this manner. Thanks Ann Marie!

Lucas' shirt — As Lucas is taking some wood to the porch, the back of his shirt is clean. But then he goes up to shake Hank’s hand, and suddenly there’s a sweat stain on Lucas’ shirt back. In the next scene his shirt is clean again! Thanks Ann Marie!

Matching belt buckles — After fixing Will’s leg, Lucas and Mark go outside. You can see they have matching belt buckles! So cute! They also wore matching buckles in a few other episodes..... 'The Marshal' - 'The Pet' - 'The Sheridan Story'‘The Retired Gun’‘Shivaree’‘The Dead Eyed Kid’‘The Indian’'The Second Witness' and ‘The Boarding House’ you can see the matching buckles. Thanks Ann Marie!

Will is on the ledge with a broken leg when his brother throws a rope down to him. The rope lands at Will's shin but in the next shot, it's at his stomach where he can suddenly reach it.

Look at Will's boot, they are pretty well worn. I wonder how many cowboys wore these? Cowgirl!

Axle grease — After pulling the wheel off the axle, Lucas crouches down and greases the axle. Then he sets the brush and can of grease to the left of the wheel. Will is saying, “You’ll make yourself old fixing this place up…” Then the camera angle changes. Lucas is still greasing the wheel—and sets the can and brush to the left of the wheel a second time! Thanks Ann Marie!

Waving good-bye — Will turns down Ann’s offers to have dinner on Sunday. Then she says there’s no reason for her to ride over anymore. So why is she at the McCain front porch in the last scene? (Perhaps they cut a scene with Ann and Will reconciling?) Thanks Ann Marie!

Blaze — Here is a picture from 'The Marshal' to further my point. There isn’t a closer shot of horse #1 looking straight ahead at us in 'End of a Young Gun'. But horse #1 in 'End of a Young Gun' is the same one that’s in this picture from 'The Marshal'. Compare these two pictures of horse #1 against the scene of Will and Hank riding together. In the picture of Will and Hank, Will’s horse’s blaze is much wider (horse #2). Also, the head overall looks a lot wider, with its eyes set a little bit more forward. Horse #1’s head is narrower, with its eyes are set farther back just a bit, towards the sides of its head. And neither of these are the blaze-faced sorrel that Lucas had in 'The Sharpshooter'. That’s a third horse!! Thanks Ann Marie!

Fences — Lucas told Micah that he wanted to hire him to build fences. So we see him working on the corral—okay that’s close enough, I guess. But in the previous episode, in 'End of A Young Gun', the corral was finished. (The barn is behind Lucas.) Thanks Ann Marie!

At the beginning, while Lucas is helping Will off his horse, and at the end when Lucas and Will shoot the gang, Lucas’ first shirt button is undone. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Hank and the rest of the gang show up, Will exits the barn with the saddlebag on his right shoulder. When the camera changes angles, it has disappeared. (In the second picture, he’s actually holding it in his right hand, below the camera shot. We see him raise it a few seconds later.) Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Marshal' episode #4 — When we meet Micah, his "bad" arm is nearly useless. It gets better in the other episodes. Thanks Rob!

No rug - Mark is getting ready to scrub the floor in the living area with a mop. BUT when we watch 'The Schoolmaster' — Mark is sweeping a rug.

Horse head hitch ornament — You can see a Horse Head Hitch Ornament ―In 'The Marshal''The Jailbird''The Silent Knife''The Young Englishman'. But I haven't see this ornament in any other episodes or even in the same area. Have you? Cowgirl!

Warren Oates played a brother in three episodes - 'Bloodlines' - 'The Marshal' & 'Day of Reckoning'Thanks markisddg!

Shirt — While eating dinner with Micah and Mark, Lucas’ top two frog closures are undone on the corduroy shirt. Thanks Ann Marie!

At the end, when Lucas is getting tended to, from the view that shows Lucas’ profile, the pillow is high and supporting his head. It’s a lot lower when the camera switches to show all of his face. The top of the pillow is just a little above the top of his ears. It’s moreso supporting his neck. Additionally, that white pillow in the profile shot doesn’t look like it has a pillow case over it—you can see the “seam” (edge) of the pillow too easily. Obviously there’s a case over it in the front shot—the excess of the case is hanging over and around his left shoulder. Also, one last thing. Look at the photo on the left. We can’t see any part of his right shoulder or arm. So he must’ve been sitting completely differently (awkwardly) as well. Thanks Ann Marie!

The McCain bridge — We can see Lloyd Carpenter & the Shelton brothers riding towards North Fork. Could this be the same bridge to North Fork/ The McCain Ranch? If that is the case they would have rode right pass the McCain Ranch and heading away from North Fork. Cowgirl!

Is it Marshal Fred Tomlinson or is it Sheriff Fred Tomlinson? In 'The Sharpshooter' — The credits read Sheriff Fred Tomlinson, and when he introduces himself to Lucas he states Sheriff. In 'The Marshal' — Florry & Lloyd calls him Fred Tomlinson. R. G. Armstrong is also credited as Fred Tomlinson in this episode. I think we aren't the only ones wondering if it is Marshal Fred Tomlinson or is it Sheriff Fred Tomlinson? Cowgirl!

The question was asked: "What about Sheriff Tomlinson?" in response to Mark saying that Micah was the only Marshal he knew. Sheriff and Marshal are two different things. A Sheriff is over a town or county (and is elected), a Marshal has a much wider range (for instance, these days US Marshals have jurisdiction over any US property), in the "old west", it often included Indian lands (and is *not* elected). So, Mark saying he only knew one Marshal is not unheard of (though I would think that in Enid, OK he may have met a Marshal or not). Thanks Annie Brown!

The marshal tells the outlaws that Micah is working on the McCain place - 15 miles west of town. But, in 'The Sharpshooter', the Dunlap Ranch was 4 miles from town, and in some episode it was described as being south of town. But the sign in 'The Sharpshooter' says: 4 miles South. Just how far was it to The McCain Ranch? Thanks Renewed Fan!

As Andrew and Florry are causing destruction in the saloon the first time, look out the saloon doors to the General Store sign. You can see it’s different—unique just for this episode. There’s either writing or a design on either side of the words “General Store”Thanks Ann Marie!

The Feed And Grain sign is also unique for this series—it was just used in this episode. In the scene towards the end where Lloyd accompanies Lucas into town, Lucas walks below a sign that says “Feed And Grain”. That building later becomes the blacksmith’s/livery stable. Thanks Ann Marie!

During that wide exterior shot — the first thing we see in the shootout scene with Lucas, Lloyd, Andrew, Florry and later Micah—North Fork doesn’t look like North Fork. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Florry says, “We was drunk the first time we met Torrance, only seems proper and fitting we are on this special occasion,” a boom mike shadow dips into the top right area of the screen—right next to the mirror. When Andrew starts his line, the shadow swings to the left. Thanks Ann Marie!

As Florrie and Andrew are starting to break up the saloon again, stop the frame. Before the bottle Florrie throws hits the mirror, you can see that part of the mirror on the left side is already broken. Thanks Ann Marie!

Fences — Lucas told Micah that he wanted to hire him to build fences. So we see him working on the corral—okay that’s close enough, I guess. But in the previous episode, in 'End of A Young Gun', the corral was finished. (The barn is behind Lucas.) Thanks Ann Marie!

You can see a Horse Head Hitch Ornament ―In 'The Marshal''The Jailbird''The Silent Knife''The Young Englishman'. But I haven't see this ornament in any other episodes or even in the same area. Have you? Cowgirl!

'The Jailbird' — I just had to show you guys what I found at the Hardware Store in North Fork..... The 'Horse head Hitch Ornament' that was seen outside of the church in an earlier episode (see above). Now we know what happened to it! Cowgirl!

Matching belt buckles — After fixing Will’s leg, Lucas and Mark go outside. You can see they have matching belt buckles! So cute! They also wore matching buckles in a few other episodes..... 'The Marshal' - 'The Pet' - 'The Sheridan Story' – ‘The Retired Gun’ – ‘Shivaree’ – ‘The Dead Eyed Kid’ – ‘The Indian’ and ‘The Boarding House’ you can see the matching buckles. Thanks Ann Marie!

Fencing — In the beginning of 'The Marshal', while the Shelton brothers are sitting at the fork in the road with the sign, a faint fence line about 100 yards behind them is visible. I'm sure if we were supposed to see this, it would be wooden posts or barbwire, and closer to the action, but it's very far away and maybe something like chain link. Later, when Lucas and Micah are talking in the corral they are building, again it looks as if there is a fence line at the base of the hills in the distance, it kind of intersects with the brim of Lucas' hat and recedes up a hill. Thanks Charlene F.!

After Florry opens the Feed And Grain store door just a bit, they cut back to Lucas holding the rifle, looking around for the Shelton Brothers. Behind him, the Feed And Grain doors are completely shut. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Brother-in law' episode #5 — Lucas gave Johnny a black eye within days of the big bronco ride. When they show him before the ride the black eye is gone. Them Cowboys sure heal fast! Thanks Mark!

Lucas is breaking in the new horse and during the ride his hat falls off and pops right back on during the breaking in. Thanks Mee! 

Archie Butler's only speaking role. In the beginning you can see & hear Archie cheering on Lucas. As far as I know this episode is the only one that he has a speaking role. Cowgirl!

I wanted to let you know that you finally ended a mystery for us re: someone we noticed years ago on The Big Valley (my real passion) who appeared continuously in nonspeaking, character type roles. He is one of the main reasons, other than the producers, who made us realize that these two shows were intertwined, but we just couldn't find any information on him. The Virtual Valley site, which I've been on for years, hasn't picked up on him yet, at least I've never found any info. We were so glad to find him on your site and wanted to write to you sooner about Archie Butler. We enjoy looking for him and really get a bang how they often have him in two shots in the same scene. For instance, in 'The Brother-in-law' episode #5—when Uncle Johnny is riding the bronc, Archie is the wrangler holding the horse before he blasts off. Cut to the cowboys sitting on the fence, and there is Archie clapping. Thanks Charlene F.!

Did anyone notice there was a blooper in the breaking of "Duster"? Duster was a sorrel to start out with when Chuck was riding then was a dark black horse when Johnny Gibbs finished riding him. Thanks Lu Young!

The horse Lucas and Johnny are breaking is called Duster. We never hear about Duster ever again. Thanks Ann Marie!

It also looked like the same black horse that was Lucifer in the last part of the episode. Leave to me to catch the horse bloopers! Well a nice acting job that Chuck did and I loved his eyes when he was confronting Johnny Gibbs. Wow he was great! Thanks Lu Young!

During the last scene, how come Blueboy’s snout isn’t lighter? I know this sounds really, really, crazy, but I think Blueboy’s wearing some horse makeup! If you look very carefully, you will see that the shade of his snout doesn’t quite match the rest of him. It’s just a bit light. Also, isn’t it funny that Johnny Gibbs was supposed to be breaking Duster for Mark—a much lighter colored horse—and yet Mark already has Blueboy in this episode? Thanks Ann Marie!

One time Micah is wearing a left-holster gun (when sweeping sidewalk in front of his office went Luke comes to town to talk to him).  
Then later Micah is wearing a 
right-holstered gun (when he comes to the ranch to tell Luke he'll meet up with him and the bad brother down the road after the bronc ride event). The second holster (on the right side) is what got my attention because he was using his left hand to hold the reins of his horse and favoring his right hand, so I thought if funny that he'd be "packin" his six-shooter on the same side as his bad hand? Then when I backed up to earlier in the show & that's when I saw it was holstered on his left side in town. Thanks KC!

Johnny comes home drunk and Mark helps him take off his boots. Mark goes around to the side of the bed to help pull his right boot off. Then in the next shot (a reverse angle, looking over Mark's shoulder at Johnny talking)... there's a
WALL right up next to the bed! Mark must have a ghosting ability to "go through walls" when he goes to that side of the bed. Thanks KC!

At the end of 'The Brother-in-Law', when Lucas and Mark turn and ride back down the hill, Lucas is about to lose his rifle, the whole gun boot seems to be loose from the saddle. Chuck just kept looking down at it flopping along side him. Thanks Judith Schaefer aka Stargazer!

They had a set which involved a stone wall and a (fake) spring, which is seen in the 'The Brother-in-Law' and in 'Eight Hours to Die' — it is the place where the judge shoots the rattlesnake to save Mark and again in this episode. 'The Young Englishman' — In the very beginning of this episode, you can see that same stonewall that was used so often in the first season. Also in 'The Angry Man' - By the way, the first appearance of the stone wall, which is seen in a number of first season episodes, then never again, is in this episode. I do not think it was used as a filming location anytime after the first season, for whatever reason. I wonder why they did not seem to use that location for filming in later seasons? Thanks Renewed Fan! Stargazer!

There is a refection of the sun shining off of a window of a moving car. While watching this episode you can see the car moving from the top to bottom. Thanks Pete & Rob! 

There are two cars that travel behind Johnny Gibbs in the opening scene. (The one that Pete and Rob found is #2.) The first one is just a little bit before, as the music swells and we only see it for a second. This is while Johnny is pointing the gun at the men. In that brief second, you do see it move—so it has to be a different car filmed at a different time while the sun was at a different angle because the reflection is significantly brighter.  While Johnny is talking to the men, the second car starts at exactly the same point #1 did. But the reflection isn’t so bright. 
Thanks Ann Marie!

Lucas mounts Razor without using the stirrups. Thanks Lu Young!

Bronco bustin'  — After Lucas gets back on Razor and tells Micah, “I can talk to you about Johnny later,” you can see the boom mike’s shadow go from left to right across his shoulders. Thanks Ann Marie!

As Mark is cheering Johnny Gibbs to stay on Lucifer, Mark takes his hat off. When the camera cuts back to him, it’s back on and he takes it off again and screams, “Yahoo!” Thanks Ann Marie!

At the end, Lucas and Mark wave to Micah and Johnny. I think they shouldn’t have made the camera frame so tight. Because when Lucas lifts his arm to wave, his hand is out of the frame! Thanks Ann Marie!

I heard Mark refer to his deceased mother as "Mom".  It happened early in the episode, while Mark and Johnny were talking near the corral. In 1880's, "mom" would not have been a common term to refer to a mother. "Ma" would have been much more common. Thanks Renewed Fan! 

In 'The Brother in Law'/'Duel of Honor' we can hear Camp Town RacesThanks markisddg & Western Gal!

Mark's Hat — At the beginning, when Mark is cheering Lucas to break Duster, there’s another instance of Mark taking his hat off. Then the next time the camera cuts over to him—it’s back on. In the second picture, that’s Uncle Johnny riding up. Thanks Ann Marie!

After being surprised by Uncle Johnny, Mark goes into the house. He looks at his uncle’s picture and talks to his mother’s picture. There is a small strip of wood attached to the back of Uncle Johnny’s picture frame—so it can stand on the desk. But when Mark returns to the corral with the picture of Uncle Johnny, that piece of wood is missing. Thanks Ann Marie!

Badge — When Lucas rides into town to talk to Micah about Johnny Gibbs, you can see he isn’t wearing the Marshall’s badge. But watch as the camera switches to a tighter shot. In the bottom right corner, you can see he’s pinning it on as he and Lucas talk! Also, he pins it on really low. So I guess they weren’t trying to make it obvious someone forgot? Thanks Ann Marie!

When Johnny Gibbs sees the two men riding up as he’s shaving, his hat is to the left of the shaving mirror. Nothing else is on the rocks. At the end of that first scene, the camera pans back to the rocks. Now a shaving mug and brush are between the hat and mirror. When we saw him shaving he was using the razor, not lathering up. So where was that mug and brush earlier? Also, Johnny’s Wanted Poster is below the mirror. (If the poster had been there earlier, we would have seen the top edge of it in the frame.) Those rocks don’t look the same in both shots, either. Thanks Ann Marie!


'Eight Hours to Die' ― episode #6 — stunts by Jack Young - unaccredited ― Who was Ephraim, the son of Judge Zephaniah Burton, the man who was hung in the beginning of 'Eight Hours to Die?' Who is riding for the Judge when he stumbles? Both the horse and the judge fell. Who doubled for Chuck Connors in his long distance ride to get to Mark & the judge.

'Eight Hours to Die' — In the scene where Mark and the Judge are riding together, and the Judge's horse stumbles - there is nothing but trees in the background. Mark dismounts, goes to the fallen judge, they talk for a moment - - then you get a background shot showing the slope with the first season's stone wall in the background. Thanks Renewed Fan!

Did you notice that in the general store scene Mark is wearing his own Lucas-style shirt, the kind with frogs instead of buttons? Mark looks like a little version of his 'Pa.' Mark wears a bow tie along with it, which I don't think Lucas ever does. I wonder who thought up that shirt for Lucas--I've never seen frogs on men's shirts, except on Chinese shirts. Thanks Pete Villafea!  ―  Ann Marie's observation about Lucas' corduroy shirt string

I have found the blooper that, in my opinion, takes the cake!! When the judge gets his letter, he looks at the newspaper clipping "Hangman Shot at the Foot of the Scaffold". If you freeze frame it on DVR, you can read the actual article - it appears to be about a City Planning Board approving some sort of plat for a subdivision called Rincon(?) Terrace. There was some controversy about an 8,000 square feet item (not clear from the legible portion what this item was) which was smaller than the city had previously approved. It looks like they took a 1958 newspaper clipping, added a bogus headline, and used it. The later newspaper clipping, which Micah gives to Lucas, is blurry. It seems to say something about a "report is being prepared(?)" in one sentence. Thanks Renewed Fan!

Sometime after the judge gags Lucas, the gag looks the same way the judge put it on Lucas, with the pointy part on his chin and covering his mouth and the other times it doesn't have the pointy part on his chin and it's in his mouth, not over it. Thanks Holly!

Did anyone seem to notice how many times the gag (neckerchief) changed position and design? I love being able to go back and look again. Thanks Donna a.k.a. Picklemum

Besides this episode, what episode do we see Lucas tied up and is left to free himself by burning the ropes around his hands to get free? Do you know? Cowgirl!

Is it me or do those boots Mark is trying on have awful short tops? They don't look like cowboy boots even, more like half boots. Thanks Rhiannon!

I noticed the 'short' boots also. The only other time I noticed 'short' boots was Donnell, the kid from the Bowery in NY. Forgot the episode name. Boots like that wouldn't be much use out west with snakes especially.... Thanks velewis!

While Mark is trying on the boots, you can see the wallet in his left rear pocket. Thanks Ann Marie!

Right before the judge pistol whips Lucas over the head, Lucas grabs his rifle’s barrel—with his left hand. He’s standing to our left of the rifle and anvil. In the wide shot a second later, Lucas is to our right of the rifle and anvil. He falls to our right, away from—never in front of the anvil and rifle. He should have been in the same place for both shots. He would have fallen in front of the rifle if he’d been in the same place—on our left. It looks like the anvil isn’t in the same position between the close up and wide shots, either. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Lucas is unloading the wood you can see the back of his shirt is sweaty. When he checks to see who the is rider is, there's some sweat spots also on the front of his shirt. After Lucas finds out the rider's Micah, there's no more sweat spots on the front of his short and his back's no longer sweaty! Thanks Holly!

Lucas tells Micah that he and Mark lived in Claypool, Wyoming before coming to North Fork. In all other episodes, they came to North Fork from the Indian Territory. Thanks Renewed Fan!

Lucas' shirt is pretty dirty and sweaty in the front when he first goes after the judge, who is propped up against a tree. However, when Mark calls to him, the front of the shirt is fabulously free of dirt, etc. Makes me wonder if there were a few takes on that scene and perhaps CC met the ground a time or two. I know I would. That man sure can ride a horse. Also, when Mark first goes to get a wet a rag for the judge's brow, there is clearly a rag (red, I think) in his left pocket. Then suddenly, the rag is gone. Ah, the joys of slo-mo. Was it coincidental that the hot coals Lucas kicked over were placed in just the right spot so when he rolled the wagon wheel, the coal exactly met the rope binding his right hand? When he first kicked the hot coals over, it didn't seem like the hot coals would meet up with the rope tie. Thanks Laurie!

When Mark first goes to get a wet a rag for the judge's brow, there is clearly a rag (red, I think) in his left pocket. Then suddenly, the rag is gone. Ah, the joys of slo-mo. Thanks Laurie!

Lucas tells Micah that he and Mark lived in Claypool, Wyoming before coming to North Fork. In all other episodes, they came to North Fork from the Indian Territory. Thanks Renewed Fan!

In 'The Wyoming Story', Micah tells Lucas that he would be a good one to go to Wyoming on an undercover job because he had never been there.  But in 'Eight Hours to Die', they lived in Claypool, Wyoming. We know this from looking at the post office door when the judge goes and gets the letter. Thanks Michelle Palmer!

Was it coincidental that the hot coals Lucas kicked over were placed in just the right spot so when he rolled the wagon wheel, the coal exactly met the rope binding his right hand? When he first kicked the hot coals over, it didn't seem like the hot coals would meet up with the rope tie. Thanks Laurie!

Lucas knocks the forge over--that is in front of him--to burn the rope? When he starts turning the wagon wheel, you can see the forge is positioned like it has fallen from the OPPOSITE direction! Like the forge was behind him and fell towards him!! Lucas would have had to get on his knees to brace himself, then stick out one leg out at an angle and knock it over. Instead of how we saw him knock it over--stretching his leg out in front of himself. Also, I think I figured out why they switched the position of the forge. Because you can't get a good shot of the coals burning the rope unless you move the cameras, equipment, some of the crew, etc. The pit of the forge would be blocking the wheel, rope, Chuck's hand, etc. So it's a lot easier to reposition that little forge and then continue shooting, keeping all the cameras and everything in the same place. Thanks Ann Marie!

It appears that the judge has a pistol with a very long barrel early in the episode, then he holds what I would call a standard 6 shooter, then he carries the long barrel again toward the end of the episode. Who switched the guns? Thanks Vicki!

So who is Mr. Denton/Henry Denton? ― Early in this episode Lucas was in the General Store talking to storekeeper Hattie Denton when the Postmaster in the store called Lucas over to give him a letter. Lucas called the Postmaster Willard and repeated his name a second time. Also the IMDB named the character Willard and played by Russell Collins and the credits following the show listed Collins' character as Mr. Denton. But, dog gone it, later in the episode Micah called the Postmaster Henry Denton twice. So I suppose we have another Blooper. Lucas and Micah calling the postmaster and probably assistant storekeeper, by different names. Thanks Louis!

Russell Collins played Charlie Willard the father of Dan Willard in 'The Apprentice Sheriff'. This is episode #11. Hattie Denton was introduced to us in 'Eight Hours to Die' episode #6. This is before 'The Apprentice Sheriff'. Hattie also owned The General Store after 'The Apprentice Sheriff'. So does Charlie work for Hattie or was he suppose to be Mr. Denton/Henry Denton? Cowgirl!

When Micah was approaching the McCain Ranch Lucas grabbed his Rifle and cocked it, but it did not fire. Usually throughout the show this cocking action ejected a spent cartridge from breech on the pull stroke and shoved a new cartridge into the breech and activated the trigger (with the special screw) on the return push stroke, which fired the rifle. Thanks Louis!

Paul Fix was not credited for playing Micah in this episode. Also, could we  possibly assume that Willard or Henry was Hattie's husband or brother since Micah called his last name as Denton? Thanks Louis!

In what other episode did Lucas have to knock over a forge to use the hot coals to break free? Cowgirl!

When Micah was approaching the McCain Ranch Lucas grabbed his Rifle and cocked it, but it did not fire. Usually throughout the show this cocking action ejected a spent cartridge from breech on the pull stroke and shoved a new cartridge into the breech and activated the trigger (with the special screw) on the return push stroke, which fired the rifle. Thanks Louis!

There were three episodes where they reused the footage from 'Eight Hours To Die' — the part where Lucas rides down the shady lane to find Mark and Judge Burton. First, we see it in. 'The Pet', after Haskins made himself at home in the McCain's house. They also used it in two episodes from Season 5. In 'Conflict', watch after Lucas is still disturbed about missing the cougar; he tells Mark he’s going into town to see the gunsmith. Also, in 'Which Way'd They Go?' when Lucas is riding off to buy cattle. Thanks Ann Marie!

Claypool — We see this photo on the left just before we see the photo on the right. (The photo on the left was used many times to establish the next scene took place in North Fork.) So does that mean Claypool, WY looks just like North Fork? Thanks Ann Marie!

While Mark is criticizing Lucas’ coal heating practices, Mark’s top button is undone. Thanks Ann Marie!

There were four episodes where they reused the footage from 'Eight Hours To Die' — the part where Lucas rides down the shady lane to find Mark and Judge Burton. First, we see it in  'The Pet', after Haskins made himself at home in the McCain's house. The next time is Season 4’s 'Skull' when Lucas couldn’t find Mark at their camp and rides off looking for him. Then the footage was also used in two episodes from Season 5. In 'Conflict', watch after Lucas is still disturbed about missing the cougar; he tells Mark he’s going into town to see the gunsmith. Also, in 'Which Way'd They Go?' when Lucas is riding off to buy cattle. Thanks Ann Marie!

Mark goes over to the spring to get some water for Judge Burton. Mark uses his hat to start collecting water. Then the judge shoots the rattlesnake near Mark. A little bit later Lucas picks Mark up and Mark puts his hat back on. Shouldn’t there have been some visible wet spots? Also, who would want to put their hat back on right after getting it wet? There would have to be some wet specks on the underside of the brim at least, right? Thanks Ann Marie!

Compare these two scenes. The picture on the left is when the judge first knocks Lucas out, the next scene the judge has Lucas tied to the wagon wheel. The position of the bridge, wagon, anvil, forge and the rifle are different. Cowgirl!

During the close-ups of the judge’s boot—the first time, before he shoots the hangman, the boot’s are dirty. But when he rides to the McCain ranch, they're clean. Thanks Ann Marie!

After the cow moos to let Lucas know her calf got stuck, look at the fence. The sun is shining on the part of the fence to our left. It is dark behind both cows. But when Lucas goes into the corral to get the calf—the sun has moved a bunch, causing the reverse effect, i.e. fence is light behind the cows and dark to the left. Thanks Ann Marie!


'Duel of Honor' episode #7 — The Count ordered a Pernod. This is a licorice-flavored liqueur that the French like to serve with water. It's higher in alcohol than anis or anisette. Cowgirl!

Do you see anything strange about this picture of Lucas in the Blacksmith's? There's no roof on the Blacksmith's shop! Cowgirl!

I know, I know... it was a switch from a location shot to a studio shot... but they could have kept the cardboard studio version lower and it would have been less noticeable. But then again, (as noted elsewhere in The Rifleman Ranch Bloopers) this is also where the blacksmith shop suddenly lost its entire ceiling! So a guess the flue didn't matter that much, since with no ceiling it was just suspended from thin-air anyway. Thanks KC!

Also as Mr. Cole's talking to Nils... the blacksmith's flue over his smithing-table comes down to Nils's shoulders --but as Mr. Cole turns and walks away... the flue suddenly retracts several feet up into the air and is now above Nils head! Notice the difference in the flues. Cowgirl!

The Count checks into Room 10 when all the stagecoach passengers are getting their rooms, but when Lucas opens the door on the way to the duel, it is Room 9!

Did anyone else notice that in the bar scene with the count, Lucas introduces himself as Luke McCain? I don't think he ever introduced himself as anything but Lucas in any other show. I wonder if they were still setting up the characters and tried different things. I took this picture with the subtitles. Cowgirl!

The bank came to North Fork in 'The Safe Guard' episode #8. In the background you see the North Fork Land office in 'Duel of Honor' episode #7. The picture to the right is from 'The Money Gun' episode #33. It's showing the bank in the background. North Fork must not have needed a Land Office anymore. Cowgirl!

This is the scene after Mark suggested the cherry pie to the Count. As Lucas and Mark are leaving the hotel restaurant you could see on the wall in the upper left corner the shadow of a stage light. Thanks Jules! I wonder if this is a stage light or a microphone? Cowgirl!

lira—an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Italy, equal to 100 centesimi and equivalent to about .0016 of a U. S. dollar.

Right handed/left handed — Right before the count enters the saloon, Lucas is drinking a beer. In the wide shot the stein handle is in his right hand. When the camera cuts to just him, it’s in his left hand. Thanks Ann Marie!

In 'The Brother in Law'/'Duel of Honor' we can hear Camp Town RacesThanks markisddg & Western Gal!

As Lucas wakes Freddy up, and Freddy gets up, and Lucas brings Mark to the bed, a very blurry boom mike shadow moves from the top right corner left, towards the center. Then it stops, then moves a little more to the left until it is in the center. Then as Lucas carries Mark, it moves left to right and back into the top right corner. I lightened this photo, and you may have to turn up the brightness on your TV set or monitor to see this. Thanks Ann Marie!

In 'Duel of Honor' you can see Glenn Strange driving the stage into to North Fork to get his left rear wheel fixed. This scene was originally shown in 'Duel of Honor' and later in 'Gun Shy'Cowgirl!

“Rooms With Meals” are painted directly on the hotel, right above the support beams. Also, notice how the regular hotel sign is to the right in 'Duel of Honor'. But in 'The Apprentice Sheriff', the word “Hotel” is also painted directly onto the hotel — not a separate sign. Thanks Ann Marie!

We see Lucas and Mark head into the hotel dining room. With his right hand, he removes his hat to put it on the hat rack. (A coat rack hook is to the left of his head.) When Freddy joins them in the hotel dining room, Lucas’ and Mark’s hats are on the chair backs. Thanks Ann Marie!

Do the subtitles say that the stagecoach driver's name is named Mr. Cole? When Mark tries to get his attention in the first scene, you can read Johnny Crawford's lips and he is saying Mr. Cope. It goes along with what the Count says in the duel scene--Cesare Danova pronounces it Mr. Colb. Thanks Pete Villafea!

How many actors played Nils or was it Niles or Nels? There is actually another version--in the very first scene, stage driver Glenn Strange calls him Nile (three times). Later, Lucas calls him Niles. 

There's a strange thing about the scene where Lucas & Mark visit Niles as he fixes the stagecoach: when Lucas asks Niles, "How's that wheel comin', Niles?" --it is not Chuck Connors' voice. Compare it with Lucas' next lines, and you can tell that the first line was dubbed in by someone else. Cowgirl!

Groder calls Sweeney "Frank" in the bar scene. That may be Sweeney's first name - but I never heard it before. In 'Seven' May calls him "Bill". Cowgirl!

Glenn Strange --the ever-present stagecoach driver-- this time he's a clean-shaven "Mr. Cole"... goes to the blacksmith "Nils" and says: he has "a bent tire and broke several spokes on the left rear wheel". Interesting since tires weren't invented until 1887! Cowgirl!

Boneyard: I just saw something that Cowgirl said about tires in episode 7. A man named Dunlop patented tires in about 1888 however Goodyear and Thomson had a similar patent in 1844 and contested it in about 1892. But these were pneumatic tires. Tires have been around almost as long a the wheel. The metal ring around the wheel is the tire, it is used to "tie" the wood together. Hence the word tire, meaning tie-er. The early tires were made of rope, leather and other things. So.... Nils was correct in saying the tire was bent in the 'Duel of Honor', episode 7. Thanks Boneyard, now that makes more sense!


'The Safe Guard' episode #8 — what makes the bucket dance and skip? Claude Akins as the Texas gunslinger. What makes it a wonderful story is, when was The Rifleman supposed to take place? My guess is around the 1880's. Mark just sold his pig for a whopping $5. What does he want to do with the money? He wants to put it in the bank so he can earn 2 1/2% interest. Here we are 127 years later and my savings account is making about 2 or 2 1/2%. Now, that's progress! Thanks Bob Booth!

This seems to be the episode with the most "H" names among the North Fork locals:-Hattie—Hanavan—Hamilton—Harriet the pig—(alas, Eddie Halstead was not around.) Indeed, the show seemed to have a thing about H's: even among the actors, there was Hope, Harlan, Higgins, and Harmon. Thanks Pete Villafea!

Look for the dancing bucket and a "very phony" looking horse hoof. Thanks Chawin' Charlie!

It's North Fork, right? The sign over the school house door in 'The Schoolmaster' says Northfork School. In the 'Safe Guard' the sign over the bank says North Fork Bank. Thanks Rhiannon!

Let's pay attention to the scene when Mark leaves the bank... Did you notice that the curtains in the windows are way too high for Mark. How come in the next scene we see him looking through the window? It is clear that because of his height, he wasn't able to see through the window unless he was stepping on a box or something. Thanks Irma Rodriguez, from Arizona!

I just find it odd that Lucas and Mark are having breakfast on their "patio" without any explanation among the two of them as to why they moved the table outside. Thanks Sally!

We know why he has his face cover—don't we? Cowgirl!

You need to watch this episode to see the man moving/walking around inside the building between Mark & Lucas. If you take a close look you can see him inside. You'd think with all the shooting going on he would be out with the other people seeing what is going on or not moving around like nothing is going on. (I wouldn't be looking to see what was going on either, but there seems to be other people that are). Cowgirl!

In this episode you find out that Mark's middle name is Warren. Watch the scene where Mark is trying to open a bank account. Mr. Hamilton says "Mark 'Warren' Mc - - you are Lucas McCain's son?" Thanks Renewed Fan!

Lucas' Hat — When Lucas is talking to Mark about putting his money in the bank, look at Lucas’ hat. Part of the leather band’s tie to the front of his hat. Cowgirl! ―  Free!  This linkis a promo called 'High Hats' for download, it is a 7 x 9 promo ABC Photo Division Press Release.

After Lucas walks over to meet Judge Hanavan  riding up, look at Lucas’ hat. Part of the leather band’s tie is hanging over the left edge. This is the only time in the whole series I noticed it with his hat. Thanks Ann Marie!

During the shootout scene, you can see a different Livery Stable/Blacksmith sign. There was stock footage in many episodes where you could see this sign, but it was very brief. Just shown to establish the setting. This is the only episode where you see it accompanied by someone speaking dialogue, where it’s actually part of a scene. Then during the very last scene, the blacksmith sign is one we usually see. Thanks Ann Marie!

Look above Lucas in the photo on the left. You will see a different Livery Stable/Blacksmith sign. The shootout scene near the end of 'The Safeguard' was the only episode where you see the sign as part of the North Fork set and part of a scene—visuals accompanied by actors speaking dialogue. (There was stock footage in many episodes where you could see this sign, but it was very brief.) Then during the very last scene, the blacksmith sign is the one we usually see.

Blacksmith sign — The shootout scene near the end of 'The Safeguard' was the only episode where you see the sign as part of the North Fork set and part of a scene—visuals accompanied by actors speaking dialogue. (There was stock footage in many episodes where you could see this sign, but it was very brief.) Then during the very last scene, the blacksmith sign is the one we usually see. Here are a few examples of when this different Blacksmith sign could be seen briefly in the background of a North Fork exterior shot. In 'The Gaucho', this shot is between Mark blowing out the oil lamp and Mark watching Manolo throwing the bolos at the crate. In 'The Boarding House', it’s a little bit after the beginning of the episode, at the start of the second scene. Right before we see Julia walking outside the businesses of North Fork. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Sister' episode #9 — When Lucas fights with the Pete Snipe (Dan Blocker) character and gets knocked to the ground, you can tell the man who is supposed to be Lucas is NOT because he has dark hair and a widows peak. Thanks Rob!

While watching the opening scene where Lucas is cutting Mark's hair at the ranch..... the first shot is of the outside of the house and it shows smoke coming out of the chimney, then it immediately shows the INSIDE shots (Lucas cutting Mark's hair in front of the fireplace), there is no fire in the fireplace. Thanks Rhiannon!

Lucas has the scissors and the comb in his hand, puts them down when he's done cutting Mark's hair, and then brushes Mark's hair.  At the end of the conversation they're having, Lucas puts the brush down and smoothes Mark's hair with his hands. (Maybe they filmed a few takes on this or when did Lucas pick up the scissors and comb again??) I think it's so cute the way Mark jumps and says "Ow!" Thanks Rhiannon!

The scene where Lucas is cutting Mark's hair.....  "Pa why can't I get my haircut downtown like you?" Mark complained.
Lucas: "You better get washed up. We'll go downtown & pick up the material for that new shed." Always before they were going into town. Thanks Sodbuster2!

Stagecoach Driver - In the beginning of this episode you see a stagecoach arriving at the town of Castro. (Take a look at the driver on the left.) The Driver is a older and a bit heavier man then the driver on the right. I believe this is file footage, from what TV show, I dunno. Cowgirl!

As Lucas turns and walks toward Earl Battle sitting in front of a building, you can see the shadow of the camera. First it’s on Lucas’ shirt. Just the tube portion where the lens is and a sliver of the film compartment is visible. But then is moves right to left and goes across the bottom portion of the buildings’ front walls. The shadow most resembles a camera right before it’s going to move out of shot. This is right before the camera brings Earl Battle into the frame. Thanks Ann Marie!

"You leaving us Earl?" asked Ed Bundy. "Takin' a little trip on the stagecoach Mike," said Earl Battle. The character named Earl Battle spoke to Ed Bundy he called him by his real name Mike (Michael Harris) and not Ed as shown in the credits. Thanks Louis!

At the end, Becky isn’t wearing the same clothes as she did while sitting up in the buckboard after the fight with Snipe Brothers. This whole story took place during the same day. Maybe someone decided that she wasn’t wearing appropriate riding clothes—since she was on a horse during that last scene? Thanks Ann Marie!

Michael Harris also was in another episode of The Rifleman — as Ed Bundy, 'The Anvil Chorus'.  He was the one whose wife had just had a baby boy. Cowgirl!

Watch Lucas’ fight with the Snipe Brothers. After he knocks out Pete, notice a couple of dark areas on Lucas’ shirt between the fasteners. I don’t think it’s dirt. They are too evenly spaced. I believe it’s actually button holes—and the wardrobe dept. changed the shirt. They added the fasteners, moved the buttons up, and didn’t sew the holes together yet before this episode was filmed. Also, those holes look too small to fit those buttons currently on the shirt. Maybe they switched the buttons too. Thanks Ann Marie!

Blacksmith sign — When Mark is watching the stage ride in, there’s two blacksmith signs, right next to each other. Also, in this shot you can see that Mark’s hat tie is on the right (incorrect) side again. It should be on the left. I believe this is the only time in the episode where you can tell for sure it’s on the wrong side. Thanks Ann Marie!

It looks like Lucas had three different barrels while talking to the townsfolk! The first one is a shorter one when he’s inside the store. Then while he’s with Rebecca right outside the store, he has a slimmer and longer barrel. Then when he comes out of the cafe, he’s got a shorter one again. But I don’t think it’s the same one. Look at the first picture again—when he’s in Hattie’s store. See that thick light colored band around the edge of the barrel that’s close to his shirt buttons? It isn’t there on the barrel he’s holding after exiting the café. Also, in this last picture, the barrel looks lighter than in the second picture. Thanks Ann Marie!

Barrels — After getting their shed materials, Lucas sets barrel #3 up in the buckboard. He and Mark ride toward and stop in front of the blacksmith’s. Now the barrel is lying on its side and much smaller. I think this is barrel #2. But a second later, Lucas jumps out and tells Mark to go on home. Now look at the barrel. It is standing up, and this one has the metal around the edges. I think this is barrel #1. Thanks Ann Marie!

The sign that was above Hattie’s interior door in 'The Sister' is over to the left of the door in 'New Orleans Menace'—the next episode. Also, in 'New Orleans Menace', there are some different containers by the sign when it’s next to the door instead of above it. So the mail receptacle was moved over to the left a couple of feet to make room for all that stuff on the wall. Thanks Ann Marie!

Lucas arrives home and walks Razor to the barn. Mark is by the barn door and the buckboard is right by the barn, parked to the right. But just a couple of seconds later, when Lucas comes out the barn to see Earl Battle, Injun Adams and Roy Thursday, the buckboard has disappeared. Thanks Ann Marie!


'New Orleans Menace' episode #10 — Watch about 5 minutes into the episode. The Czar is demonstrating how he whipped his men to make them drag his carriage when it was stuck. Mark is standing next to Lucas. Lucas grabs the whip - - suddenly and for one camera shot only Mark is standing 10 feet behind Lucas on the porch. In the next camera shot, Mark is again right next to Lucas. Obviously, they were doing some kind of a stunt with a whip, and made sure to move Johnny Crawford well back. Thanks Renewed Fan!

Lucas' shirt — Lucas and Mark ride home after Lucas talks with Tiffauges. Lucas has the corduroy shirt on. But when he is home later that evening—we know it’s supposed to be the same day because of the storyline and what is supposed to happen the next day—he has the thinner shirt on with the regular buttons. Thanks Ann Marie!

Margaret McCain - Not only did I notice the picture but the first time after Lucas checked on Mark, he leaned back against the wall with a frown. The second time, after hitting his head on the picture, he smiled. In my imagination (which can really be different) it was kind of like the picture hanging there helped to make everything OK. Anonymous!

I took a few pictures from a couple episodes of Margaret/ Margaret's wedding dress. Notice the difference. 'Shivaree'/'The Princess' - odds n' ends - picture of Margaret's gown. Cowgirl!

The sign that was above Hattie’s interior door in 'The Sister' is over to the left of the door in 'New Orleans Menace'—the next episode. Also, in 'New Orleans Menace', there are some different containers by the sign when it’s next to the door instead of above it. So the mail receptacle was moved over to the left a couple of feet to make room for all that stuff on the wall. Thanks Ann Marie!

This is one of the few episodes where the McCain buckboard has a reed whip standing up in the front. It's on the extreme left corner of the frame in the boxed area. This is right after Lucas talks to Tiffauges while he and his men have their meal outside. Lucas is assuring Mark that he doesn't want to sell the ranch to Tiffauges. All appearances of this whip are found in Season 1. Thanks Ann Marie!

As Tiffauges and his men ride up, we see a close-up shot of Lucas and Mark working on the butter. Mark lets go of the churn and walks away. The angle changes to a much wider shot. Now Mark lets go of the churn handle a second time. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Lucas tells Mark to go back and churn the butter, note the position of the churn. It is centered in front of the door. After Tiffauges says, “Very nice little place you have here, McCain,” they cut to a shot of just Lucas and Mark. Now it appears Mark has moved over about a foot to our right. Now he’s centered in front of the door trim. I think the bucket that was next to the churn moved a bit as well, to our left, so Lucas ends up completely blocking it in the shot on the right. Thanks Ann Marie!

New Orleans Menace: How did Xavier know Mark’s name? In the next scene, while Lucas and Mark were working on the butter, Lucas acted like he hadn’t seen Tiffagues and his men before. He introduced himself and Mark to them then. Thanks Ann Marie!

When they meet in town, Lucas agrees to have one drink with Tiffagues. So Xavier hands him a shot glass with dark liquid. In the tighter shots of Lucas, the liquid is correctly dark as well. But notice in the wider shot. The liquid’s much lighter! This glass with the lighter liquid is supposed to be Lucas’. Look at the table’s nearest corner right after Lucas takes John Hamilton’s seat. There’s no shot glass. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Lucas and Tiffagues have their discussion at the table outside, Lucas gets up. He and Micah walk toward the general store. Watch the trim about the store’s window. Right after Lucas says, “Micah, you mentioned about deputizing some of the boys,” a big shadow quickly travels left to right over the trim. I wonder what that was. Thanks Ann Marie! 

This is one of the rare times the dishes are not displayed on the hutch. The cups from the set may be stacked on the middle shelf, but here are bottles and canisters on the top and bottom shelves. Thanks Ann Marie!

Can you remember another time when the front room’s window’s curtains were tied back? I sure can’t. They are tied back all throughout the episode. Thanks Ann Marie!

Juan Argentez walks into the bank, announcing he is the new owner. After he and Palmer have words, the shot changes back to a wide shot. When Juan hands John Hamilton the envelope, watch the top left corner. You will see a big boom mike shadow plunge down and move to the left, over the bank tell partition’s top trim. Thanks Ann Marie!

Notice the horse Ned is riding right before he gets killed. Then in the next scene in town, notice after Lucas leaves the crowd to go get Manolo. You can see that Ned’s draped over Blueboy! Then Juan and Nita ride into town. Juan is riding Ned’s horse! You’d think Ned would be draped over his own horse. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Apprentice Sheriff' episode #11 — look at Sandy Dixon's shirt. Cowgirl!

Chawin' Charlie.....I remember this scraggly-lookin' cowboy vest that keeps reappearing from one episode to another.....especially if there is an episode that features a group of bad guys, or range hands who hang around the saloon a lot, drink, and scheme against Lucas, or Micah, or the Bank, or trying to take over the town, etc.

This is just a sample of the different types of curtains that was in The North Fork Saloon

If you happen to find a different combination of curtains, I would be glad to add them to this page. Cowgirl!

Mark and Lucas live 3-5 miles out of town. In the episode 'Seven' you hear Mark say — "On horse, that's about an hour's ride into town." Mark usually rides his horse to school, then rides it home again. In 'The Apprentice Sherriff'. Lucas takes Mark to school in the buckboard. He tells Mark that if he wants' to wait around, he'd come pick him up around 4. Does that mean that he would walk home the 3-5 miles when his father brings him in?Thanks Michelle Palmer!

Here you can see two different scenes from 'The Apprentice Sheriff' - both are the 'General Merchandise'/'General MDSE, but different. In 'Millie's Brother', you see the 'General Store'. (file footage)  Cowgirl!

I think it’s interesting that since this show started in the 1950’s, an ad for snuff was on the saloon wall. Can’t see that happening with the remake. Thanks Ann Marie!

So who is Mr. Denton/Henry Denton? Russell Collins played Charlie Willard the father of Dan Willard in 'The Apprentice Sheriff'. This is episode #11. Hattie Denton was introduced to us in 'Eight Hours to Die' episode #6. This is before 'The Apprentice Sheriff'. Hattie also owned The General Store after 'The Apprentice Sheriff'. So does Charlie work for Hattie or was he suppose to be Mr. Denton/Henry Denton? Cowgirl!

When Lucas climbs into the wagon you can see the rifle is standing up in the middle, barrel up. As he leaves town, it's gone completely. When he arrives at the ranch it's butt is up and angled. Thanks Bob! This file footage originated in 'The Hero' and used again in 'The Apprentice Sheriff.' Cowgirl!

In the beginning of this episode, Willard said that Dan had always thought a great deal of Lucas...Well...this was only episode # 11, so I assumed that they knew each other from back in Oklahoma (you know how mobile Lucas's friends and enemies were...) but then Lucas asked him how he got "Out here" so it's apparent that they met when Lucas moved to North Fork... So what does "always" mean? That he knew of the legend of The Rifleman?Thanks Michelle Palmer!

I always thought that they (writers) seemed to give the impression the McCains had lived in North Fork a lot longer than they actually had. This was just one example of that. Remember in Safe Guard when the Judge goes to visit Lucas and states that so many people follow his lead? and the Judge also states that he remembers back to when Lucas and Mark arrived that day of the turkey shoot...makes it sound like it was a long time ago, but this was episode 8.... Thanks velewis!

How could Dan Willard get that poster about guns made up so fast. It seemed like in no time he had a printed sign made up for the non residents of North Fork. Even if he had a printer do it wouldn't it take some time? It would be more believable if it were hand written like in Anvil Chorus. Thanks markisddg!

The shot of the silhouetted Lucas and Mark riding on the backboard at the beginning originally appeared in 'The Apprentice Sheriff' and then 'The Mind Reader'Thanks Ann Marie!

Notice the banister that is attached to the saloon. I've never seen this before in any of the other episodes. Cowgirl!
The school’s sign, the location of it, and the front steps in this episode are completely different from what appears in 'Three Legged Terror'. Also, there is no awning over the door in 'The Apprentice Sheriff'Thanks Ann Marie!

In a wide shot, Lucas enters the store, gets an apple from the barrel and takes a bite out of it. Then a second later, they show a close up of Lucas. If you look at the apple now in this close up, there’s at least 3 bites out of it! The apple is now shaped like the top of a hexagon (but with concave sides)! 
I think somebody got hungry between takes! Thanks Ann Marie!

Boom mike shadow — After Dan hammers the notice on the saloon exterior wall, he walks away and turns around. Sandy says, “Marshall,” and pauses. If you look near the top right corner, a boom mike shadow moves from right to left, disappearing in the saloon’s support beam shadow. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Dan gets into the fight in the saloon, he, Lucas, and Dan’s father Charlie are in the Marshall’s Office. Lucas is drinking out of a coffee cup. At first, the handle is in his right hand. But after Charlie says, “Hard as a pine board knot,” now the handle is in Lucas’ left hand. (Even though you can’t actually see the handle in the picture on the right, look at the position of his left hand. You can tell his left hand is now around the handle.) And when Lucas gets up and stands next to Charlie, his hands really dwarf that coffee mug. And Charlie too! Also, compare Lucas’ hair before and after Charlie says the line, “Hard as a pine board knot.” It’s combed a little bit differently. Thanks Ann Marie!

“Rooms With Meals” are painted directly on the hotel, right above the support beams. Also, notice how the regular hotel sign is to the right in 'Duel of Honor'. But in 'The Apprentice Sheriff', the word “Hotel” is also painted directly onto the hotel—not a separate sign. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Haskins made himself at home in the McCain's house, they show Lucas riding down the shady lane—stock footage from 'Eight Hours To Die'. Thanks Ann Marie!

Reed Whip — If you look really closely during Season 1, you'll see a reed whip in the front of the McCain buckboard in a few episodes. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Angry Gun' episode #12 — This is not exactly a blooper, but it is more of a 'revealing mistake' made in 'The Angry Gun' (and in 'The Ordeal' and in several other episodes). Lucas is always well-shaven. Consider 'The Angry Gun' - Lucas is on his on, with nothing but a canteen, in the desert for about 24 hours. He then gets a horse from one of the outlaws, and chases the survivor for another 24 hours or so. Still, he clearly does not need a shave at the end. Thanks Renewed Fan!

We have another person here to watch after Mark. After the men rode away and things settled down Lucas put Mark on the stage and asked the Mason, the driver to take Mark to Mrs. Peterson's house, that she will look out after Mark until he comes to get him. We never see Mr. Peterson again. Cowgirl!

When McCain is tracking Johnny Cotton & Abe Jordan he sees them from above on top of a cliff as outlaws are riding below. He pushed a few (10-15) rocks over the ledge and all of a sudden it turns into a major landslide much wider than where McCain was pushing. The rocks in the landslide are darker and much larger (and more numerous) than what McCain had pushed. In addition, it is not the same cliff when the larger rocks are shown. Anonymous!

When Lucas was putting Mark on the stage it sounded like he said "Come on, Mike". Of course, I could be wrong, but it sure sounded like that is what he said. Thanks Gloria Fortner!

When Lucas and Mark walk to the area they are going to eat there lunch, you don't see a rock, but bushes. The next shot is a close up and there is a rock, what happen to the bush? Thanks winterhawk!

In 'The Angry Gun', after Lucas puts the wounded marshal into the stagecoach, Lucas's arm hits Mark in the face. Thanks Sally!

Johnny Cotton: "That's a fine looking rifle your Pa's got there." "I don't think I've ever seen a lever action quite like that one." Mark: "My Pa made it himself." "My Pa is the best shot in the whole world." Hear the sound byte.
You really have to watch the DVD to check this out better. When Abe Jordan (Leo Gordon character) shoots the lock off of the strong box you never see the lock. No matter what angle they show, there is no lock on the ground. So what happened to the lock? Cowgirl!

The Scene in 'Home Ranch' where Lucas confronts Oat Jackford & his men looks like the same scene in 'The Angry Gun' where Lucas & Blade (Gregory Walcott), one of Johnny Cotton's gang, had their fight scene. Cowgirl!

When Johnny Cotton and Abe Jordan are talking by the campfire, watch the top right corner. You can see the boom mike swing into and out of the frame twice. You will have to turn up the brightness on your TV set or computer monitor to see this. Thanks Ann Marie!

Button, button..... what happened to Mark's button? — Johnny Cotton's shirt is unbuttoned!  

In the fight scene with Gregory Walcott, Lucas’ hat fell off when he’s knocked down, then it’s on again and off again! Thanks Ann Marie! ― Notice the background in this scene, they are totally different. Cowgirl!

Mark's Shirt — Mark was washing up when he heard a horse racing up the road. He grabbed his shirt and ran out the door as fast as he could. Somehow he knew it was his Pa.
As Mark rushes out he grabs his shirt and races out the door. When he approaches Lucas he has his shirt put on and tucked in. I really don't think Mark took the time to do this. He was to anxious to get to his Pa. Cowgirl!

Lucas' shadow — While Lucas and Mark are riding in the stagecoach, in every close ups of Lucas, there is a shadow behind his hat. Except for one little part, when Johnny Cotton reaches down to touch Lucas’ rifle. Also, notice in the second picture, right above his shoulders there’s a seam in the wood. So this must’ve been filmed somewhere else. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Lucas climbs up the hill, he should still have the canteen. But where is it? I don’t see any part of it on or near his body. (It would make sense that he’d lose it—at least temporarily—as he rolled down the hill.) Thanks Ann Marie!

I think this is the only episode in the whole series where you see Lucas’ corduroy shirt has the strings, like Mark’s! So maybe after this episode was filmed someone cut them off? But you don’t see the strings in every shot of Lucas. Thanks Ann Marie!

The close up of Lucas aiming with the hand gun lodged in the board shows the twig sight short. Problem is, we see it shorter before he breaks it off in the wide shot. Then in the last wide shot, the sight is longer again. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Johnny Cotton gets the jump on McCain from atop a high area on rocks he is setting with his right knee up and left left flat on the rock. When the shot goes to a close up both knees were up. In addition from afar he says "Hi McCain" though his lips do not move. Anonymous!


In 'The Young Englishman' episode #13 — Lucas gets snapped in the face with a whip leaving a bloody slice. The next morning when he went to look for the young calf, it was already gone. Thanks Gary!

For a man who's married to his gun, why would he EVER leave his rifle at home to go out and check on a calf he suspects may be the object of rustling - especially with Mark along??? Thanks Michelle Palmer!

Michelle: In those days, if one found an unbranded calf on the range, weren't they considered "fair" game for whoever found them? I mean, legally, Lucas couldn't go take the calf back? So, in essence, the shootout was Lucas's fault...and he could have been held accountable for killing the men since they had the right to kill him since he was trespassing...markisddg: As for Lucas trespassing wasn't there a rule that you never took a calf away from its mother too early? So they were in the wrong too. Thanks to both of you!

This isn't exactly a blooper, but it was funny! When Mark and Lucas are leaving Mr. Ashford's house, they are on their horses. As they are turning the horses around, the horses butt butts and Mark turns and looks in kind of an "oops" moment... Thanks Michelle Palmer!

When Lucas and Mark enter the Ashford house, the suit of armor is facing the door. After Mark knocks it over off camera, it is lying on the floor turned a full quarter so it's lying on its back. This becomes obvious when they set it upright facing the side. It takes three of them to set it back--how would Mark have turned it, especially since the base is pushed up against the low wall? I also can't help wondering how Mark could have knocked if over, if it was heavy. He'd have to pull it down, and then he'd be under it when it fell, or he'd have to go to the opposite side and push it hard. Thanks UglyBug!

The fight at the end of this episode you see Jeremy Ashford gets shot in the back. And then he gets up and holds his shoulder ... a bit. And then he goes home as if nothing had happened. These were really tough guys back then. Thanks Kira!  

While researching this I noticed when Jeremy Ashford first got shot, when he went down the slope, you see no wound. Cowgirl!

Compare the interior of the barn when Cy Parker and Jeremy Ashford talk to later when Lucas and Mark are supposed to be talking in their barn. It’s the same barn! I don’t think there were regulations in place where all the barns built around North Fork had to follow the same blueprint! Thanks Ann Marie!

Mark begins to take the mace out of the suit’s hand in the wide shot. Then he grabs it a second time and takes it completely out in the close-up. Thanks Ann Marie!

Scenery ― When Lucas rides over to Ashford’s men and ends up getting whipped, the beginning and end of the scene were actually shot outside—when he’s with Mark. But the dialog with the men—that was filmed on a soundstage. See how different the background looks? Also, it’s not obvious in these pictures, but if you turn up the brightness on your TV set or monitor, you should see that it will look brighter when Lucas is with Mark. But notice when he’s talking to the men, the contrast (lightness and darkness levels) look almost exactly the same as before you changed the setting. I’m no film expert, but I’m guessing that means the artificial lights were brighter than the sunlight was during the parts with Mark. Or maybe film captures natural and artificial light differently. Thanks Ann Marie!

As Ashford’s men are branding cattle, two of them are crouched down. A third brings the last one over and they are all crouched down. As Parker rides up, you can see the men crouched and the legs of the calf in the edge of the frame. When the shot changes, the calf is gone and the men are all standing up. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Mark knocks the suit of armor over, watch after he, Lucas and Ashford set it back up. There are four dark spots on Lucas’ shirt—three on the left side and one on the right between the first three buttons. None of this was there a second before—while Lucas was talking to Ashford. And they aren’t shadows—these spots stay in the same area as Lucas and Mark move to exit Ashford’s home. And where did the mace (the suit’s weapon) go? I guess it fell out and no one bothered to pick it up. Thanks Ann Marie!

This isn't exactly a blooper, but it was funny! When Mark and Lucas are leaving Mr. Ashford's house, they are on their horses. As they are turning the horses around, the horses butt butts and Mark turns and looks in kind of an "oops" moment... Thanks Michelle!

Horse head hitch ornament — You can see a Horse Head Hitch Ornament ―In 'The Marshal''The Jailbird''The Silent Knife''The Young Englishman'. But I haven't see this ornament in any other episodes or even in the same area. Have you? Cowgirl!

The calf Jeremy Ashford’s men took in the beginning is NOT the same one that followed the cow out of the ravine near the end. It’s very close, but there’s a spot between the calf’s ear and eye that’s in the photo on the left, but not in the photo on the right. (Not too much of a surprise, really. This happens all the time when working with animals. You can’t use the same one for whatever reason.) Thanks Ann Marie!

Before Lucas and Mark go to get their stolen calf, there’s a rare exterior shot of the McCain ranch—with cows in front of the house and barn. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Gaucho' episode #14 ― Lucas told Micah that Manolo is out riding the range with Mark.  When you see Lucas looking for them it does look like he is on the range. This is the road that leads to the McCain Ranch. Look familiar? I walked this rode where others have rode their horses many time to get to the McCain Ranch. It was so neat! Cowgirl!

The footage of Lucas riding up towards the camera when trying to bring Manolo into custody was also used at the beginning of 'Shivaree'Thanks Ann Marie!

Lucas: “Now, about that rifle you want. It's gotta be a single shot. I don’t want you to buy any ammunition. When you get a little older and want to shoot it, you come to me.” 
Mark: “Pa, I’ve been thinkin’. Well, maybe I better wait a while...'til I get older for the rifle. I’ll appreciate it more then.” 
Lucas: “Anything you say, son.” ... 
... and yet despite that promise from his pa that whenever Mark said he was ready he could have that rifle, all the beggin'-n-pleadin' in the world would do no good until that fifth & final season. Thanks Shilohbloo!

You see Manolo throw the bolos and they catch the back legs of the calf. Just the back should have been bound but both the front and back were.  When Manolo goes to release the calf, the camera zooms in you see the front legs of the calf already tied. How did the front legs of the calf get tied up? Thanks Ann Marie!

'Shivaree'/'The Gaucho' - In the scene where Lucas rides up to try and bring Manolo into custody, look as Lucas is riding up to him and Mark. Way, way in the background, at the top of the hill, and a bit left of center, an electric power pole is visible. You have to watch carefully, because it is fast, and the camera pans with Lucas, so it’s not in the shot for long. Also, this part of this scene was used at the very beginning of 'Shivaree', so the power pole appears in that episode as well. Thanks Ann Marie!

Shadow ― After Marks says no to riding around with Manolo, look at Lucas’ right arm. He raises it to point at Mark. There is a rectangular shadow that quickly moves left to right. It quickly goes across Lucas’ body—at the same rate that the camera pulls out to show both Lucas and Mark. I believe this moving shadow is the same camera that filmed this short scene. Thanks Ann Marie!

Did you notice there’s a pull down shade on the McCain bedroom window instead of the usual sheer curtains? Thanks Ann Marie!

Bobby Crawford played Freddy in this episode. But he is credited as “Bobby” instead of “Freddy”. Thanks Ann Marie!

Blacksmith sign — The shootout scene near the end of 'The Safeguard' was the only episode where you see the sign as part of the North Fork set and part of a scene—visuals accompanied by actors speaking dialogue. (There was stock footage in many episodes where you could see this sign, but it was very brief.) Then during the very last scene, the blacksmith sign is the one we usually see. 
Here are a few examples of when this different Blacksmith sign could be seen briefly in the background of a North Fork exterior shot. In 'The Gaucho', this shot is between Mark blowing out the oil lamp and Mark watching Manolo throwing the bolos at the crate. In 'The Boarding House', it’s a little bit after the beginning of the episode, at the start of the second scene. Right before we see Julia walking outside the businesses of North Fork. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Pet' episode #15 ― Did you notice when Haskins got bit - they showed a hand with a dark long sleeve shirt.  Haskins was wearing a long sleeve white shirt with a coat? The horse that bit Haskins was dark - Flecker's horse was light in color. Cowgirl!

Poor little Mark should have died at the end of this episode, since the human anthrax vaccine wasn’t developed in the US until the 1950s. Thanks Ann Marie!

File Footage: They show curtains apart and Lucas riding fast to the house. I have seen that same scene before.....Thanks markisddg!

Did you ever notice how the Doc's office changes to fit the episode? The picture on the left is from 'Baranca' - The one on the right is from 'The Pet'.  I'm sure there are a lot more. Cowgirl!

When Lucas fights with Haskins in the barn, there's a quick view of an obvious stunt double. Thanks Rob! 

When Haskins is riding away from the ranch in 'The Pet' you see him go over the bridge. Do you think they used that footage for Marty Blair in 'Mark's Rifle' and then again for Sam Gibbs in 'Old Man Running?' It surely looks like Haskins in both of the other two episodes. Stock footage? Thanks markisddg!

Razor — When Lucas is saddling up Razor to ride into town, Mark is setting on the fence stroking Razor's face. But in the close up it's not Razor, it's a different horse. Thanks Rob!

Right before Mark shows Lucas the horse bit on his hand, Lucas says, to Mark, “Didn’t we always agree to tell each other everything?” NOT “Didn’t we agree you would always tell me everything?” as the series would later prove. Consider the following: 'Six Years And A Day': Lucas begins to tell Mark that his mother had been sick right before she was due to deliver. Mark says to Lucas that he doesn’t have to explain. And that’s the end of that. Lucas could have insisted. And it’s a shame, since it would have been one of the rare times he spoke about Margaret. Then in 'Face Of Yesterday' at the end, Mark tries to ask Lucas about what happened. Lucas says it’s something he’d like to forget. Then in 'The Prisoner' once Lucas is safely back home, Mark asks, “It must’ve been bad,” and all Lucas says is “Yeah” and that’s that. Also, in 'Old Man Running' he doesn’t want to tell Mark what his grandfather did. And this is the fifth season, when Mark is—at least in appearance—substantially older. In my opinion, it’s most ghastly for Lucas to ever say this to Mark in the last season. I’m sure there are other examples. Thanks Ann Marie!

Lucas and Mark are both shirtless at the beginning when Lucas is fixing the porch. A few minutes later when Haskins rides up, smoke is coming out of the fireplace. If the boys have their shirts off then that means it is a hot day and there is no need for the fireplace. Thanks Lori!

When the Palomino nips at Haskins, the nose of the horse is brown, Palomino's nose is blond color. Thanks Lori!

Matching belt buckles — After fixing Will’s leg, Lucas and Mark go outside. You can see they have matching belt buckles! So cute! They also wore matching buckles in a few other episodes..... 'The Marshal' - 'The Pet' - 'The Sheridan Story' – ‘The Retired Gun’ – ‘Shivaree’ – ‘The Dead Eyed Kid’ – ‘The Indian’ and ‘The Boarding House’ you can see the matching buckles. Thanks Ann Marie!

As they switch to a wide shot of Lucas and Mark taking Flecker’s horse home, watch the top left area of the screen, a bit over from the top left corner. Keep your eye on the building that’s closest to us and the camera. The camera pans right to left. An equipment shadow briefly appears on this building’s support beam. The shadow quickly moves up and out of the frame. By the time you can see two of this building’s support beams, the shadow is gone. So you have to look fast. Thanks Ann Marie!

If you listen carefully, the closing credits music sounds completely different for this episode. The instruments are the same, but it’s a little slower and it’s in a different (slightly higher) key. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Lucas and Mark take Flecker’s horse home, and Lucas is sitting in the buckboard, there’s a small sweat stain on his shirt back—between the shoulders. Then in the wide shot of Lucas and Mark riding out of town, you can see a really big sweat stain going all the way down the back of his shirt. Thanks Ann Marie!

Right as Lucas is working on the front porch, notice how after Mark says, “Who’s he?” Then Lucas says, “His name’s Haskins,” and then Mark says, “Is he the man who did the shooting in town?” they camera angles change really fast. Because all these tight shots, while they talk about what kind of a man Haskins is, were filmed on the fake exterior set! See how the background behind Mark changes! It’s like this until Lucas asks Mark if he brought the nails. Then the background switches to show them really outside again. Thanks Ann Marie!

While Mark overhears Lucas tell Haskins that Flecker’s horse has anthrax, we see a close up of the bite on Mark’s hand. Also in that shot, you can see Mark’s third shirt button fastener is over the button (undone) instead of around it (fastened). Thanks Ann Marie!

File Footage ― There were four episodes where they reused the footage from 'Eight Hours To Die' — the part where Lucas rides down the shady lane to find Mark and Judge Burton. First, we see it in  'The Pet', after Haskins made himself at home in the McCain's’ house. The next time is Season 4’s 'Skull' when Lucas couldn’t find Mark at their camp and rides off looking for him. Then the footage was also used in two episodes from Season 5. In 'Conflict', watch after Lucas is still disturbed about missing the cougar; he tells Mark he’s going into town to see the gunsmith. Also, in 'Which Way'd They Go?' when Lucas is riding off to buy cattle. Thanks Ann Marie!

Reed Whip — If you look really closely during Season 1, you'll see a reed whip in the front of the McCain buckboard in a few episodes. Thanks Ann Marie!
 

'The Sheridan Story' episode #16 ― when Blandon soaks his shirt after Mark gives him the drink, it is nearly completely dry only seconds later as he turns to go into the house after Lucas invites him inside. Thanks Rob! 

Did anyone else catch when the reb was having his pain attack in the barn that his hand was moving around his waist under the shirt? Yes I for one did Thanks Fred!

Compare these two pictures, where is the bridge on the picture on the right and where on the bushes on the left picture? Thanks Rob!

*(a) Sheridan was a very small man. His nickname was "Little Phil". The actor portraying him can almost look Chuck Connors. in the eyes, while the real Phil Sheridan was about 5-3.
(b) The history was actually VERY good. Every battle named was real, and Sheridan was present at each of them. The quote by Sheridan to Grant ("A crow would have to carry rations") is accurate.
(c) Sheridan was involved in the charge at Missionary Ridge. As implied in the dialog, his troops got away from him and launched an unauthorized, spontaneous charge (it wasn't just Sheridan's troops - several other outfits were involved too). Sheridan was leading infantry at the time and did not become a cavalry commander until later.
(d) Most impressively, the 11th Tennessee was ACTUALLY one of the Confederate regiments on Missionary Ridge opposing Sheridan! Whether the scriptwriters did the research or simply lucked-out I do not know.
(e) After the war, Sheridan remained with the army, and was famous (infamous) for his harsh reconstruction policies in Texas during the late 1860's, and for his remark "the only good Indian is a dead Indian". He became commander in chief of the US Army in the early 1880's (1884?) - about the time frame of the Rifleman. Thanks Renewed Fan!

As Lucas bends down to talk to Frank—who started to run from Lucas and fell down—a piece of Lucas’ hair comes out of place and curves down toward his ear. When the camera angle reverses to show Frank’s face, Lucas’ hair is fixed. Then the angle switches again to show Lucas’ face and it’s out of place again. But a bit later, when Lucas says, “Best I can do, cash is our short crop,” the camera is showing Lucas’ face, and his hair is combed. We didn’t see him pull a comb out in the middle of the scene!! Also during this scene, when Frank’s face can be seen—there is a mechanical clicking sound in the background, heard while they are talking. It sounds like a movie camera when the film is in motion. So are we hearing the camera film the scene? (I heard this while listening through headphones.) Thanks Ann Marie!

When Lucas comes out of the house, I think the fireplace is in the wrong place  And there's a "shower bath" at one corner of the house, but I don't think it's ever seen again. If you look at the picture on the right you can see the outside shower—but if you look at the picture on the left - where the right post is - there is nothing there except a bush. Thanks Rob!

In the scene where one officer is in the shower, a few seconds later, Sheridan describes his associates by rank - they are all officers but he names one as a sergeant. However, ALL of the members of Sheridan's little traveling party wear officer's "shoulder straps". None of them wear sergeant's stripes. Thanks Renewed Fan!

Look at the reins in the tree. That was Mark ?? I would say, that is a little to high for that boy. He was not very tall in the first season...Thanks Kira!

Matching belt buckles — After fixing Will’s leg, Lucas and Mark go outside. You can see they have matching belt buckles! So cute! They also wore matching buckles in a few other episodes..... 'The Marshal' - 'The Pet' - 'The Sheridan Story' – ‘The Retired Gun’ – ‘Shivaree’ – ‘The Dead Eyed Kid’ – ‘The Indian’ and ‘The Boarding House’  you can see the matching buckles. Thanks Ann Marie!

Right at the beginning, when Mark is doing the washing and Frank comes up to him, you can see a light colored smudge on the front of Mark’s hat, in both the close up and wide shots. But when Mark goes inside to prime the pump, the smudge isn’t there. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Lucas and Mark’s little talk by the tree, Mark gets up and immediately stops and admires the cavalry patrol coming towards them. But notice when Lucas says “Cavalry patrol”, Lucas and Mark are nowhere near the tree, and Blueboy has disappeared. Also, when the shot reverses and we see Lucas and Mark from behind, Mark’s hat is on. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Retired Gun' episode #17 ― When the newly married couple first arrive at Lucas' ranch, we see them drive past the rear door of the McCain house, as if the road from North Fork winds past the side of the house. Never seen before or after. Thanks Rob! 

Although we do not see this door used a lot, I have also seen Micah ride up to the ranch from the side where the rear door is in the 'Vision' & I have also seen Lou ride up to the ranch from the side where the rear door is in the 'Squeeze Play'Cowgirl!

Chawin' Charlie.....I remember this scraggly-lookin' cowboy vest that keeps reappearing from one episode to another.....especially if there is an episode that features a group of bad guys, or range hands who hang around the saloon a lot, drink, and scheme against Lucas, or Micah, or the Bank, or trying to take over the town, etc.

'The Retired Gun' is when we originally see the "Feed and Grain - Wes Carney - Prop".  Wes and Clare Carney moved to Bolton City at the end of 'The Retired Gun'    Looks like they never sold the store or they never changed the name.....  
That "Wes Carney - Prop" sign can be seen six episodes later in 'The Silent Knife'Thanks Greg Merrill!

Buttoned or unbuttoned — You have to watch this scene to appreciate this blooper. Wes has just gotten shot and Claire came running to his side. Wes tells Claire it's alright, not to worry. Wes' second button on his shirt is buttoned. In the next scene you see his second button on his shirt unbuttoned. Then Claire mentions that Wes was going to take the Sheriff's job if it was still open. His second button is buttoned again. The scene where Wes shakes hands with Lucas & Micah his shirt is unbuttoned again. If you watch the close-up on this scene you see Claire fiddlin' with Wes' button on his shirt, it looks like Claire almost buttons Wes' shirt. Cowgirl!

When Wes gets shot, Claire goes running to him.  As she get to the saloon a man comes out of the saloon and she has to run around him.  In the next scene, when she reaches Wes, we see the same man coming out of the saloon again. Cowgirl!

In the scene where Claire meets up with Wes at the McCain Ranch, after Lucas says, “I guess everything’s taken care of,” we get to see a rarely used camera angle. I love seeing the picture frames on the table, next to Lucas’ chair! To orient yourself where this is exactly, Lucas is standing in front of the front door. See the hinge to the left of Wes’ forehead? Thanks Ann Marie!

Button, button who's got the button — Owny’s fourth button from the top is not fastened twice: in the show’s opening scene, and right before the gunfight. When Owny is eyeing Lucas and Micah walking towards him and his gang. (I think the first button is under the fold of the shirt and therefore not visible.) Thanks Ann Marie!

When the Carneys first come to visit Lucas and Mark, compare Lucas’ hair between the close ups and wide shots. Thanks Ann Marie!

Bruise — When Lucas is telling the Carney's a story about a Indian fighter named Tom Hardesty, you can see a large bruise on Wes's face quite clear.  Right before Lucas leaves the store we see a close up of Wes, his bruise is gone. After the fight we can see the bruise on Wes's face again. Cowgirl!

Matching belt buckles — After fixing Will’s leg, Lucas and Mark go outside. You can see they have matching belt buckles! So cute! They also wore matching buckles in a few other episodes..... 'The Marshal' - 'The Pet' - 'The Sheridan Story' – ‘The Retired Gun’ – ‘Shivaree’ – ‘The Dead Eyed Kid’ – ‘The Indian’ and ‘The Boarding House’ you can see the matching buckles. Thanks Ann Marie!

Do you remember what stick of wood Lucas used to make Mark a toothbrush from? Cowgirl!

Sweat Stains — When Lucas enters the Feed and Grain store and after he says, “Kind of looks that way”—they switch to a half shot of him. You can see a couple of spots on his shirt. They’re on his right, between the breast pocket and second button. After he puts the boxes on the shelves and says, “I know you can,” he turns around and starts, “When I was in the Nations,” they are even more visible. I guess they are sweat stains. They weren’t there in the previous scene, when Lucas and Micah were staring down Owny and his gang. Thanks Ann Marie!

Towards the end, we see Lucas, Micah and Wes from behind walking towards the hotel. Lucas swing cocks his rifle, and keeps the rifle pointed towards the gunfighters. But when the shot changes to show this from the front, Lucas is pointing his rifle at the ground.You will see the shots change angles twice, so the rifle changes position twice. Notice that Wes’ hair is suddenly parted the other way. Thanks Ann Marie!

After the shootout, look at the positions of the Bailey Gang. Look at the position of Clyde Bailey (Jack Kruschen) – see how close the bodies are? Then after the shooting is all over, look how far apart the bodies are. Also, no-name (Milan Smith) one of the Bailey Gang – the one next to John Anderson is shot – he lands face up but when they show them all on the ground after the shootout he was face down. Cowgirl!

When Lucas dumps out the pan, notice that inside and outside they don’t match. Inside it’s metal and outside it’s definitely whiter—maybe ceramic? Thanks Ann Marie!
 
Horse - When Owny notices Lucas and Micah walking towards his gang outside the hotel, the Blacksmiths’ doors are just slightly ajar. There’s a horse with stockings on all four legs facing Wes’ store. Also, the horse’s mane is either light or all flipped to the left side and not visible to us—it’s hard to tell. After Owny says, “Nobody else,” the camera cuts back to Lucas and Micah. Now the Blacksmith’s doors are open, and a horse with a dark tail and mane are behind them. Wait until after Lucas leaves for Wes’ store—then you’ll see this horse has no stocking on the right rare leg—and therefore a different horse for sure. (You can see the second horse has no stockings to the front legs when Lucas rejoins Micah.) Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Photographer' episode #18 — During the time that the lens cap is off the camera, Mark moves. Specifically, he changes his mouth, smiling more broadly part way through the exposure time - - the picture would have been blurred, at least for the area around Mark's mouth, without regard to all the movements by gunmen, etc. in the background. Thanks Renewed Fan!

I watched that episode last night, Mark does keep moving and the picture would have been blurred anyway. Also the photographer was not too steady himself. Abel mentions that he had taken Lucas & Margaret's wedding picture. Did we know there was one? Lucas never showed this to Mark. The only one we have ever seen was of Margaret. Boy would I had loved to have seen that picture! Cowgirl!

The MADERA HOUSE sign over the hotel does not have any of the little doo-dads that Lucas shoots off in various other episodes. Those little targets were obviously added later in the series to provide fodder for Lucas' rifle. Thanks Rob! 
 
Notice the US on the wagon,  what would Able Goss be doing with a Calvary wagon? Cowgirl!

Has anyone ever noticed when Lucas says "Mark and I have some buying to do. Alright if we come back later?" Lucas tells Mark to come on, so Mark starts walking, but Lucas suddenly grabs him by the neck and pulls him back beside him...I wonder why? Was this Lucas pulling Mark next to him in a fatherly gesture, or was it Chuck pulling Johnny back into the scene? Thanks Michelle Palmer!

Goss says he only fired his gun after a bullet came close to his head. If there were only two shots fired and one hit Whiteside in the back from the hotel where did Goss's bullet go and what about the one that Goss described as going past his head. Did I miss something? Thanks markisddg!

When Mark and Lorrie first get to Old Tony's the horses are covered in "sweat" but at the water trough, there is no sweat. They sure got cleaned up fast. Tony tells Mark and Lorie to water their horses because they were hot and had been ridden so hard. Anybody with a horse knows to NEVER water them when they are that hot. Let them cool down first and then water them. Thanks Gloria Fortner!

As the shots switch back and forth from the close up of Col. Whiteside to a wide shot of him and Bart Jameson you’ll notice one curtain is twisted in the close ups and almost perfectly straight in the wide shots. Thanks Ann Marie!

Mark's Hair — In the close ups of Mark during Lucas’ testimony, his bangs are combed over and then down the right side of his head. But in the scene where Lucas and Mark leave the courtroom and talk, Mark’s hair is much neater. In the wide shots, his bangs are combed basically over the top of his head, going towards the back. It looks like his hair has some cream or gel in it. But in the close ups Mark’s hair is parted to the side, with the edges brushed over his ear. Also, there doesn’t appear to be any cream or gel. (This third style is how his hair is during his testimony.) When Lucas and Mark walk back into the courtroom, the bangs are down the right side of his head again. Then during the testimony, notice how Mark's hair is combed in the third style mentioned previously. But the edge of his bangs that were sticking out over his ear just a minute before are now very neatly trimmed. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Lucas and Mark finish talking outside the courtroom, there’s a strange pause. Mark says, “Alright, Pa.” Then the camera angle switches to a wide shot. Mark takes a few steps and turns around, staring at Lucas. I wonder if Chuck had forgotten to get up, and Johnny was trying to silently prompt him. It seems like Chuck should have gotten up right as Johnny turned around to take his first step towards the courtroom. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Judge Hanavan tells Mark, “And you know Col. Whiteside’s gun was found in this holster…” he picks up the gun and holster, moving them left to right on his desk. (His left to right.) the problem is, in all the other shots—Lucas and Jameson’s and Mark’s testimony up to that point—the gun and holster were already sitting on his right—our left—side of the desk! Thanks Ann Marie!

Disappearing Bench — After Mark was laughed at during his testimony, he exits the courtroom. The bench that was just in the hallway—when Lucas and Mark came out to talk—has now disappeared! It’s not a case of the camera didn’t pull out far enough. Compare how big Mark appears in the first and second shots. If the bench was still there, Mark wouldn’t be able to walk that close to the camera. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Abel Goss says, “I was having breakfast at my camp that morning and I saw…” he stops and has an expression of surprise—before we see or hear Lucas. There’s an awkward second between Abel stopping his testimony and Lucas barging in. I think Chuck was just a bit late in getting back into the courtroom. He was supposed to interrupt the court proceedings—but it just didn’t come across that way. Thanks Ann Marie!

Did you notice that Micah’s jail cell’s window’s bars also changed during the series? Shot on the left is from The Photographer and the shot on the right is Anvil Chorus. Thanks Ann Marie!

Did you notice that Micah’s jail cell’s window’s bars also changed during the series? Thanks Ann Marie!

While Mark is reenacting the shooting in the street, I find it amusing that all the horses are hitched in exactly the same places as they were when Jamison shot Col. Whiteside—except for the horse that’s to Col. Whiteside’s left in the first photo. Now it’s next to the darker horse—the one that was to Col. Whiteside’s right. Even back then, I don’t think the murder and trial—and sentencing, if there was one—would be in the same day. A legitimate procedure, anyways. Also take into consideration what Judge Hanavan said at the end—that Jamison would have to wait to explain his reasons for killing Col. Whiteside—when he could set up another trial. Thanks Ann Marie!

Notice that while Judge Hanavan says, “There will be no smoking, chewing or other use of tobacco during the course of this trial,” a puff of smoke goes over Mark’s head. The judge doesn’t tell anyone to extinguish anything. So…did he not see it? But how could he not smell it? Was it done as a joke? It’s impossible to see this in a captured still, but very visible in the video. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Abel is getting Mark posed the second time, there’s a horse standing by the stairs next to the hotel, way in the background. But watch in the close up and wide shots of Mark putting on his hat right after Abel took the photo. The horse isn’t as near the stairs. It is still there, but facing the hotel in both shots. In Mark’s close up, the four hooves are under the horse on our right’s belly. But in the wide shot, it’s moved again and is almost completely blocked by the horse with its head next to Col. Whiteside's right arm. Look closely though and you’ll see its rump. (It’s very visible on a TV screen if you can’t see it here.) Thanks Ann Marie!

When Bart Jamison aims out the hotel window, we only see him in the close shot. In the left photo, that boxed area is the extreme left portion of the hotel sign. So the boxed window in the right hand photo is where we should see Jamison. But none of the windows are even open with the curtains parted! Remember, that close shot of Jamison was most likely filmed on the street set. They were real buildings’ fronts. Thanks Ann Marie!

In 'The Obituary', the Claremont's are seen out on the hotel balcony. Thanks Ann Marie!


Shivaree' episode #19 — Lucas steps up the saloon steps twice. The first time is just a little bit before. This first occurrence is the shot outside the saloon, with Lucas in profile, at the end of the third act, right before the fade out. Thanks Ann Marie!

Look at the difference in how tall Lucas is in the picture on the left versus the picture on the right. If you watch this episode, and watch Lucas in this scene, you can see him step up. Cowgirl!

In the saloon stand-off, Lucas is talking to the boy through the bat-wing doors. Next view of Lucas he's behind the door and it isn't open. Then, as he begins to enter the saloon, it's open again. Thanks Rob!

Mark tells Lucas he wouldn't mind bunking up with him for awhile - he wouldn't even mind if he snored. This is such a cute line - and I must say that it's worth the smile Lucas awards us with....  BUT... Since Mark and Lucas share a bedroom, he already listens to him snore every night and they do "bunk up" together... Thanks Michelle Palmer!

'The Gaucho'/'Shivaree' - In the scene where Lucas rides up to try and bring Manolo into custody, look as Lucas is riding up to him and Mark. Way, way in the background, at the top of the hill, and a bit left of center, an electric power pole is visible. You have to watch carefully, because it is fast, and the camera pans with Lucas, so it’s not in the shot for long. Also, this part of this scene was used at the very beginning of 'Shivaree', so the power pole appears in that episode as well. Thanks Ann Marie!

This is just a sample of the different types of curtains that was in The North Fork Saloon. If you happen to find a different combination of curtains, I would be glad to add them to this page. Cowgirl!

Matching belt buckles — After fixing Will’s leg, Lucas and Mark go outside. You can see they have matching belt buckles! So cute! They also wore matching buckles in a few other episodes..... 'The Marshal' - 'The Pet' - 'The Sheridan Story' – ‘The Retired Gun’ – ‘Shivaree’ – ‘The Dead Eyed Kid’ – ‘The Indian’ and ‘The Boarding House’ you can see the matching buckles. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Lucas and Mark bring Derek and Liza to their place, notice that Lucas now has the corduroy shirt on and no vest. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Micah comes to the ranch and warns Lucas the gang’s headed their way, Lucas tells Mark to go into the other room with Lisa! (Not “Liza”. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Deadeye Kid' episode #20 — In the scene where Jackson killed Cramer, you see Cramer fall against the safe. It looks like a nice size safe and could be heavy. When Cramer fall against the safe you can see it move. Cowgirl!

Why would a handkerchief be hanging on the wall. It looks like they are trying to cover up something or is it a joke? Cowgirl!

The scene where the handkerchief and the hat are on the wall—I wonder if they might be covering up a light switch! (There is a light right above the hat and the handkerchief.) Since we never see the set again in the series—maybe they figured they could (sort of) get away with it once. Thanks Ann Marie! 

Is it realistic that Donnell is able to walk away—and run, even—from that horrific accident? The buckboard he was riding flipped forward. When Mark asks him what happened, he doesn’t say that he’s hurt anywhere. Also, we don’t see at least one of the horses hurt or running away. Thanks Ann Marie!

Matching belt buckles — After fixing Will’s leg, Lucas and Mark go outside. You can see they have matching belt buckles! So cute! They also wore matching buckles in a few other episodes..... 'The Marshal' - 'The Pet' - 'The Sheridan Story' – ‘The Retired Gun’ – ‘Shivaree’ – ‘The Dead Eyed Kid’ – ‘The Indian’ and ‘The Boarding House’ you can see the matching buckles. Thanks Ann Marie!

Boots/Shoes — It’s interesting that Mark has to show Brooklyn native Donnell how to not leave a trail (by taking their shoes off) and then how to leave a misleading trail (by walking backwards, putting their heels down first). Thanks Ann Marie!

Either Mark isn’t riding Blueboy again, or it’s Blueboy with the horse makeup on his snout. Thanks Ann Marie!

Dead Eyed Kid: This may not look obvious in the photo, but I think that long horizontal cloud line is actually a jet contrail. Something you wouldn’t see in the skies in 1880s New Mexico. Thanks Ann Marie!

Right at the beginning, when Donnell hitches the ride you can see there’s shrubs and trees around. When we see the driver and shotgun man, talking atop the stage, there’s numerous cacti behind them, a landscape with vegetation for a much drier climate. We also see the same difference in scenery when Donnell takes the buckboard and goes speeding off, then crashes. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Indian' episode #21 and 'Conflict' episode #155 — Remember that 'mullein bush' with five pods' that I pointed out to you in. Not only does it make a return appearance in 'Conflict' but they actually re-use that very same shot/file footage. Thanks Pete Villafea!
I have found another mullein bush in 'The Long Goodbye', right outside of the McCain house. Or is it? Cowgirl!

Major blooper in my opinion...I guess they can get away with it when they use stock footage from the back of Lucas riding along or something, but if you watch when Lucas rides down to where Buckhart is talking to the chief, it shows Lucas from the front and he has on a vest!!!!!  It shows a close up picture of it (I'm thinking it was from 'The Gaucho')  This is pretty major in my book - what was their reason??? It immediately showed him from the back after that with his regular shirt on... Thanks Michelle Palmer!

We see a much younger Mark and Lucas are shown riding away from the ranch and in different clothes.  I wrote a blooper comment recently about an episode-do you have the ability to compare these shots? I think the shot in the season 5 episode came from  'The Guest' episode #165. Thanks Renewed Fan!

Instead of two different pictures we ended up with three different pictures from different episodes just for this scene alone. Thanks Michelle & Renewed Fan!

North Fork only has one church but here we see two different churchesCowgirl!

I found it surprising that Eddie Little Sky who appeared as the Indian, Sam Buckhart had in custody would just set there and not try to escape. Also in one scene he is in the middle of the saloon doors and another scene on the right side of the saloon doors. Cowgirl!

When Lucas leave town he is wearing a corduroy shirt. When is riding into the Apache camp, there is a close up shot of him wearing a vest, but in the wide shots he has the corduroy shirt on. Thanks Ann Marie!

As Lucas watches Sam Buckhart talk to Hostay, Lucas’ top closure of the corduroy shirt is not fastened. Thanks Ann Marie!

Matching belt buckles — After fixing Will’s leg, Lucas and Mark go outside. You can see they have matching belt buckles! So cute! They also wore matching buckles in a few other episodes..... 'The Marshal' - 'The Pet' - 'The Sheridan Story' – ‘The Retired Gun’ – ‘Shivaree’ – ‘The Dead Eyed Kid’ – ‘The Indian’ and ‘The Boarding House’ you can see the matching buckles. Thanks Ann Marie!

Mark isn’t riding Blueboy, but it appears that Eddie Little Sky is riding Blueboy—with one notable difference: feathers tied to the front portion of Blueboy’s mane. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Sam picks up his hat that had been shot off his head, I don’t see a bullet hole. (In The Marshall, we did see a bullet hole in Lloyd’s hat. Lloyd had actually shot it himself but said the Sheltons did it.) Thanks Ann Marie!

Towards the end, Sam shoots Tub and Gorman, wounding them. I have a couple of questions. Both Tub and Sam pointed their guns at Sam—so why did he just take Gorman into custody? Also, Gorman got shot in the stomach—and yet no one summons the doctor. Initially, Sam wasn’t even going to take Gorman. Not until Slade said that he wouldn’t have started the fire without Gorman. Then when Gorman walks with Sam, he doesn’t hold his stomach anymore. So it wasn’t actually that bad of a wound? Thanks Ann Marie!

Herb Tea ― When Sweeney offer Sam Buckhart the Indian herb tea in the saloon, it has the cap on it. Then before Buckhart says, “That’ll do fine,” the cap’s already off! The cap should have stayed on until Buckhart said he wanted it. No one else had asked for it. Thanks Ann Marie!


In 'The Boarding House' episode #22 — Julia/Big Anna is wearing a somewhat see-through blouse. There is a shot of her back, and she's wearing a bra, and from what I could see it looks like what modern day women wear. Were "bras" around then or is this a blooper? Thanks Donna a.k.a. Picklemum

Did anyone notice who's walking down the street with John Hamilton in the opening scene?  It's his cousin from back East - Agnes. Gee, I never thought we'd see her in North Fork again! Not after the reception she got in 'The Boarding House'Thanks Michelle Palmer!

I saw Charles Seel as the storekeeper (as he was in 'The Mind Reader') but when Micah entered the store to chastise Charles’ character, he called him “Willard,” and not Barney. Earlier in the show Katy Jurado’s character Julia and a street walker called the Barber “Barney” who was played by Charles Tannen. Thanks Lou!

In the beginning we Sid Fallon and his gang forced to leave town? What town was this? Even the saloon doesn't have a name except for 'Saloon' but it sure looks like the North Fork Saloon..... Cowgirl!

In the beginning of this episode you hear Barney the Barber asked Julia if John Hamilton had tried her food yet. I thought at a boarding house only the people that stayed there ate there. 

The Boarding House: Mark says to Agnes Hamilton that Lucas had to beat it into him to not waste food. In 'Three Legged Terror' Mark tell Johnny (Dennis Hopper) that Lucas never beats him. Thanks Ann Marie!

Switchblade knife — In this episode Sid Fallon pulls a switch-blade knife on Lucas and others..... If Wikipedia is correct, the first really practical push-button operated switchblade knife was patented in 1892 and went into production the next year - a bit late for it to have been around in Rifleman days. Thanks rooster davis!

Blacksmith sign — The shootout scene near the end of 'The Safeguard' was the only episode where you see the sign as part of the North Fork set and part of a scene—visuals accompanied by actors speaking dialogue. (There was stock footage in many episodes where you could see this sign, but it was very brief.) Then during the very last scene, the blacksmith sign is the one we usually see. 
Here are a few examples of when this different Blacksmith sign could be seen briefly in the background of a North Fork exterior shot. In 'The Gaucho', this shot is between Mark blowing out the oil lamp and Mark watching Manolo throwing the bolos at the crate. In 'The Boarding House', it’s a little bit after the beginning of the episode, at the start of the second scene. Right before we see Julia walking outside the businesses of North Fork. Thanks Ann Marie!

Batter sampling — Initially Lucas tastes the batter in Julia’s kitchen, he puts fingers from his right hand in the bowl. When the camera changes to a close shot, he’s putting his left hand into the bowl. It looks like he’s sitting closer to Mark. Thanks Ann Marie!

After the first scuffle in Julia’s boarding house, when Agnes announces that she’s heading back east, watch the background above Agnes’ head. You will see a boom mike shadow move to the left and to the right as John Hamilton says, “I’m sorry for that Aggie,” and then as Agnes says to Lucas, “You don’t realize what you’re saying. Look at what she wants—she wants you. What a big step that would be for her. Well I won’t let it happen, not ever”. Thanks Ann Marie!

Matching belt buckles — After fixing Will’s leg, Lucas and Mark go outside. You can see they have matching belt buckles! So cute! They also wore matching buckles in a few other episodes..... 'The Marshal' - 'The Pet' - 'The Sheridan Story' – ‘The Retired Gun’ – ‘Shivaree’ – ‘The Dead Eyed Kid’ – ‘The Indian’ and ‘The Boarding House’ you can see the matching buckles. Thanks Ann Marie!

The Blacksmith's Sign ― After the opening scene and title screen, we see a stock town exterior shot. The horsehead Blacksmith sign is on the livery stable. After the scene starts, however, behind Julia we see the usual Blacksmith sign—with just the text and no horsehead. Also, notice in the stock shot, that’s Lucas and Mark in the boxed area, riding out of town. Problem is, after Julia talks to the barber and the Hamilton’s, Lucas and Mark are riding into town! It’s like they forgot something and had to come back! Thanks Ann Marie!

When Micah and John Hamilton enter Julia’s kitchen, there are four chairs around the table. But right before Sid and Steve enter from the backdoor, there’s only two chairs near the table. They were probably moved so no one tripped during the knife fight. Thanks Anne Marie!

During the knife fight, Lucas throws Sid against the door. A piece of Lucas’ hair comes out of place. But in the close up, it’s fixed. All of this happens really fast. Thanks Ann Marie!

While Steve is watching Sid struggle to get to his feet, there’s a shadow on the brick in the far right of the frame. It’s not a boom mike. It appears to be a cowboy hat. It’s not Steve’s shadow. The shadow moved while Steve’s head is still. It’s definitely not Steve. He was the only one wearing a hat at that point. No brightness adjustment needed. Thanks Ann Marie!

Micah's Vest ― When Micah comes into the store and tells Liz and Flo their stagecoach fare has been paid, he’s wearing a vest. Then the next scene with him—later that same day—shows him and John Hamilton telling Julia and Lucas not to worry about Sid and the gang anymore. Now Micah has a coat over the vest. The next scene is Micah outside in town telling Sid he’s not going to pay his fare too. He’s back to wearing the vest and no coat. But the vest’s open now. So was it just cold in the boarding house? Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Second Witness' episode #23 — Mark is sitting up front in the buckboard. Lucas tells him to get in back so the doctor can sit up front. Then the camera cuts to across the street for just a second. Now Mark has moved to the back, and is already perfectly seated. Thanks Ann Marie!

Notice how the front door window’s and front window’s curtains are tied back? That’s quite unusual. Thanks Ann Marie!

'The Second Witness'/'The Trade' are the only two times in the whole series that Lucas wears a long sleeved undershirt—and they originally aired consecutive weeks. I find that interesting. Maybe all those scenes from both episodes were filmed the same day or within the same week. Maybe by that point Chuck had enough of that shirt and declared that he was never going to wear it again. Thanks Ann Marie!

Just for this episode, the sign that’s over what’s usually the blacksmith’s/livery stable says, “Toomey Carpentry and Cabinets”. Thanks Ann Marie!

In the wide shots of Lucas, Mark and Brad eating breakfast, Lucas and Brad are sitting farther apart than in the shot of just the two of them. The way to tell—look at the distance between Lucas’ left arm and Brad’s right arm. Also, in the closer shot, Lucas’ head is close enough to cover the edge of the painting on the wall behind him. And Brad’s shoulder is closer to the jar on the kitchen counter behind him. Brad isn’t simply leaning towards Lucas so he stays in the frame. This blooper may not be so obvious in the pictures, but it definitely is as you watch the episode. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Lucas, Mark, and Brad are eating breakfast, the very top of Mark’s shirt is open. The white underneath looks like a t-shirt. (It was also visible in the previous scene, in the barn.) T-shirts weren’t invented until 1913. Then Mark says he’s going to see if Blueboy will eat something before going to school. So Mark puts his coat on. Brad follows him out. Just a second later, the top of Mark’s shirt is buttoned and those cords that can make a tie at the top have been tied. Thanks Ann Marie!

After eating breakfast, Mark gets up and asks Brad to come with him. They are going to see if Blueboy will eat. Well, the previous scene Lucas and Mark—and later Brad too—were in the barn. Blueboy was eating then. So—why would they want to feed him again so soon? Thanks Ann Marie!

Doc Burrage....."What happens to Mark?" Lucas to Hattie....."Take care of Mark for me?"  Hattie to Lucas....."I'd give anything to have that boy of yours for good, but....."

Lucas and Brad walked towards the barn door, with Brad’s gun drawn. They stopped in front of the barn. But as Brad says, “…with or without you, McCain, all kids do…” notice that the corral—not the barn—is behind them. Thanks Ann Marie!

In the last scene, Micah told Lucas to put the soup in the saddlebag—but I don’t think Lucas had any saddlebags on Razor.
Thanks Ann Marie!

After fixing Will’s leg, Lucas and Mark go outside. You can see they have matching belt buckles! So cute! They also wore matching buckles in a few other episodes.....
'The Marshal' - 'The Pet' - 'The Sheridan Story' ‘The Retired Gun’ ‘Shivaree’‘The Dead Eyed Kid’‘The Indian’'The Second Witness' and ‘The Boarding House’ you can see the matching buckles. Thanks Ann Marie!

At the end, this may be the only episode where Lucas wore the corduroy shirt with the jeans. Usually he wore a regular button down shirt. (If you can’t see the “W” stitching on the back pocket, you can see the metal hip rivet—on the front pocket—reflecting light.) Thanks Ann Marie!

Bosco usually played Mark’s horse. But in this episode, a different horse played Blueboy. Thanks Ann Marie!

Towards the end, you will see Micah ride to the McCain house. But the horse that’s facing the camera as Micah departs the McCain ranch—that’s a different horse. Maybe the horse Micah’s riding in the photo on the left is Bosco—I’m not sure. Thanks Ann Marie!

I am thinking the writers didn’t get a memo about Dr. Burrage’s qualifications. Thanks Ann Marie!

In this episode, Dr. Burrage is a people doctor and a veterinarian. In
'The Vision', North Fork had a separate veterinarian—Nels Svenson. At the very beginning of 'The Wyoming Story', Mark can be seen banging on the glass door of “Hyram Todd—Veterinarian”. Thanks Ann Marie!

While Lucas is looking at the man’s body in the Marshall’s Office, he puts his hands on his hips twice. First in the half shot, then again just a couple of seconds later in the wide shot, before he walks towards the body. Thanks Ann Marie!

In the close up of Lucas sleeping, we see his bed is against the wall, like Mark’s. Not so in the wide shot. Before Mark gets to the kitchen counter, there’s nothing on the edge. But after he pours the milk and sets the pitcher down, suddenly a plate appears in the close-up! Thanks Ann Marie!

Then Mark opens the front door and stands in the doorway. His bangs aren’t always in the same position during this scene. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Mark shuts the door after he and Lucas stood the doorway, you can see the reflection of a stage light. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Trade' episode #24 — Don't cha' just love the way Mark climbs onto Blueboy in his younger years? Mark mounted his horse from the right side. Cowgirl!

At the beginning when Sam is walking back from the stagecoach, a microphone boom shadow in the street follows him. Thanks Charlene F.!

And right after, as the stage pulls out, shadows from the camera and lights are cast across the street. Look carefully, you can also see the shadows of two cowboys as they wait for their cue, then walk in view as the stage leaves. Thanks Charlene F.!

I remember reading in an interview with Barbara Stanwyk that shows like The Big Valley, The Rifleman and others were produced in a bang bang fashion, very fast and exhausting shooting schedules, one week after another which explains some of the blunders. And I guess they didn't see it, or couldn't do anything or didn't care about it in editing; certainly viewers wouldn't see most of this stuff then. Now we say, how could they have missed this? Thanks Charlene F.!

'The Second Witness'/'The Trade' are the only two times in the whole series that Lucas wears a long sleeved undershirt—and they originally aired consecutive weeks. I find that interesting. Maybe all those scenes from both episodes were filmed the same day or within the same week. Maybe by that point Chuck had enough of that shirt and declared that he was never going to wear it again. Thanks Ann Marie!

As Lucas is looking out Sam’s hotel room window, we can see the edge of the left section of curtains. But where is the right section? There is a right-hand section in the wide shot. In that close shot, I realize we need to see what Lucas is seeing. But I still think we should see both sections of curtains in both shots

When Mark brings the pills up to Beth’s room, there’s a ceramic pitcher and basin right by the door. But in the next scene in her room a glass pitcher and short tumblers are on the table next to the door. After Lucas and the doctor leave, you can see the ceramic pitcher and basin are on the small table under the painting.

Lucas Shaving ― When we first see Lucas in this episode, he is shaving. In the wide shot you can tell exactly half of his face is shaved. But in the closeup outside the house, there is no shaving cream above or below his lips. Also, when he steps out to the porch, you can see a couple of buttons are undone on his long sleeved undershirt. When Sam arrives, Lucas’ undershirt is definitely closed more—maybe only one button undone. Thanks Ann Marie!

Also note how the edges of the front are folded down, like a wide V-neck. Then they go inside and the edges of the collar aren’t folded down. Thanks Ann Marie!

Note the position of the Marshall’s office and window curtains before Lucas enters. Look again when he’s sitting on the edge of Micah’s desk, talking to Micah. They are all different from the exterior shot. Thanks Ann Marie!

Micah is in town and he isn’t wearing his usual white shirt and black string tie during this episode. He also wears this outfit in 'Blood Brothers' and 'Letter of the Law'. Thanks Ann Marie!

The mirror in the kitchen that Lucas uses to shave makes an appearance in Beth’s hotel room—which is the next scene. Did the store run a special? Thanks Ann Marie!

As the stage carrying Sam Morley and his fiancée travels out of the frame you’ll see that city’s sheriff standing next to the hitching post. Then we see a close up of him. Nothing odd there. But when Ferris rides in, there’s this wooden frame work in front of the sheriff’s office. A more elaborate hitching post, perhaps? That wasn’t there in the previous shot. Thanks Ann Marie!

As the stage carrying Sam Morley and his fiancée travels out of the frame you’ll see that city’s sheriff standing next to the hitching post. Then we see a close up of him. Nothing odd there. But when Ferris rides in, there’s this wooden frame work in front of the sheriff’s office. A more elaborate hitching post, perhaps? That wasn’t there in the previous shot. Thanks Ann Marie!


'One Went to Denver' episode #25 — This part of the scene was shot using two different windows. When we see Mark’s face, there’s no wood bisecting the glass. (In reality, there may not actually be any glass in front of Mark.) The door window has the framework that separates the panes of glass. Thanks Ann Marie!

The rifle in which Lucas threw at Tom Birch at the end of the episode was a rubber rifle. Chuck would take it home and heft the kids play with it. Cowgirl!

The North Fork Saloon was directly across from The General Store.

In 'One Went to Denver' you can see a store by the name of 'Bon-Ton' across from the saloon. Cowgirl!

Mom and I think that someone who doesn’t know the correct spelling of French words tried to translate “good time” into English. The correct spelling is “bon temps” but pronounced like how it is incorrectly written. Thanks Ann Marie & Mom!

How many cowboy's other then Lucas also cared for Margaret?
There was Reef Jackson ― episode #162 'End of the Hunt', Tom Birch ― episode #25 'One Went to Denver'
and Lariat Jones ― episode #67 'Lariat'.

After Tom realizes the boots for Mark are too small, he takes the cigar out of his mouth with his left hand to say, “You’ve grown, boy”. It’s in his left hand. Then right after he says, “Luke,” the camera switches to a wide shot. The cigar is back in his mouth, and he gets up and takes it out with his right hand. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Lucas goes into the bedroom to get Tom’s bedding, there’s a chair by the bedroom window. But the next morning, when Mark is awakened by Tom riding away, it’s not there. Thanks Ann Marie!

When one of Tom’s men rides to the hotel and before he enters, he’s riding Blueboy? Thanks Ann Marie!

When Sammy is looking out the hotel window, ready to start the fire—he is looking through a higher pane of window glass than when the angle reverses to show the scene from his vantage point. What’s supposed to be his vantage point, anyways. That shot from his vantage point would in reality probably be someone closer to Mark’s height in the earlier seasons. (If you turn the brightness up on your TV set or monitor, it kind of looks like the window handle is visible in the bottom of shot.) At any rate, that thick piece of wood is what is used at the bottom of that style of window. Not higher up. The vertical and diagonal wood pieces in this second shot is the second story balcony’s railing. Not part of the window frame. Thanks Ann Marie!

This is a great episode, but with a few amusing plot holes.The bank guard shoots the two robbers in the bank. Emerging from the bank, the guard sees robber #3 mounting his horse outside the hotel and riding off. The guard shoots robber #3. What is the problem with this? Well, Robber #3 had nothing to do with the robbery (at least as far as the guard knows!). He was in the hotel when the robbery went down, and never showed any outward sign of involvement with the robbers. The psychic bank guard, however, perceived his involvement and shot him.
Problem #2 - Tom Birch's arrest. Let's imagine, for the moment, the trial of Tom Birch for bank robbery. It would 
go something like this:
LAWYER: Mr. McCain, where were you during the bank robbery?
LUCAS: In the saloon.
LAWYER: And where was my client, Mr. Birch?
LUCAS: Also in the saloon.
LAWYER: Did he ever cross the street to assist in the 
robbery?
LUCAS: No.
LAWYER: Did he draw his gun?
LUCAS: No.
LAWYER: He was just having a drink with you in the saloon, wasn't he?
Well, you can imagine from that exchange where I am heading - - Birch would have likely been acquitted of bank 
robbery - at least of the North Fork Bank job. Thanks Renewed Fan!

Another double boo-boo! When Tom and Jimmy are sitting in the saloon, waiting to pull the job, Tom takes his gloves off. There are band-aids around both index finger’s knuckles. Thanks Ann Marie! 

Fourth Wall ― The first time we see Lucas and Mark in this episode, Lucas is turning the ice cream mixer crank. His right side is to the camera, the “fourth wall” not supposed to be an actual physical wall. Then when the angle reverses to show Lucas’ face, while he says, “That sounds like a practical book. Say, come over here and give this a turn for me, will you?”—that’s where the cameras and equipment were just a few seconds before. They repeat this boo-boo a little later in the scene—when Mark is standing next to the desk, and Lucas has come in with Tom Birch. Mark says, “Yeah, I remember.” Thanks Ann Marie!

We can see the front of the McCain barn ... from THE BEDROOM of their house. Thanks Rob!
 
Rumor has it that the rifle Lucas threw at Tom Birch was a rubber rifle. Cowgirl!

Mark sleeps and Lucas is contemplating the path Tom Birch has taken in life, Lucas’ left hand is on top of his chest. But when we see Lucas in the tight half shot, his left hand isn’t there. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Lucas agrees to go talk to Dan, he pauses in front of the saloon doors for a moment. His hand is on the curved middle of the door. In the wide shot, to show him coming into the saloon, his hand is next to the curved area. Also, notice that the background changes between the two shots, from the general store (correct) on the left to that Bon-Ton place on the right (fake). Thanks Ann Marie!

That Bon-Ton place we saw above the saloon doors in One Went To Denver is visible through the right saloon window in this episode. This time, the fake store front is running perpendicular to the saloon—with the front of it facing the side of the saloon. Thanks Ann Marie!

As Lucas and Dan Maury talk, Lucas gets fed up and tells Dan to ride out. Dan asks if that is Lucas or his gun talking. Lucas promptly grabs the rifle and shoots a bottle on the table and the mug out of Dan’s hand. But if you listen closely, you only hear ONE rifle shot—when he shoots the bottle—but you hear and see glass breaking TWICE, for the bottle and glass. You can only have one sound effect at a time, I guess. Thanks Ann Marie!

Also, when the camera angles quickly flip to show Lucas shooting the whiskey bottle and then Dan’s glass, notice that the liquid level in Lucas’ beer mug changes. Additionally, there’s much more foam in the glass in the photo on the right. Thanks Ann Marie!

Compare Lucas’ bandage when he’s at the foot of the hotel stairs to when he’s outside with Micah. There’s a bit more wrapping around his abdomen, chest and right shoulder in the left-hand photo. Thanks Ann Marie!

Lucas falls in front of Micah right before the shoot-out. For a split second, you can see he’s on his left side. But during the tight shot of Lucas right after this, he’s lying on his stomach. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Deadly Wait' episode #26 — Dan Maury is in front of this building called "North Fork Eagle?" We have two different newspaper offices in The Rifleman - 'The North Fork Weekly' & 'North Fork Eagle.' Cowgirl!

Dan Maury drinks all day & isn't drunk, apparently he doesn't need any sleep either. Thanks Rob!

After Lucas was shot Mark brings him to town for the Doc to look at him. Lucas had been lying on the ground for quite a while before Mark found him.  Lucas must have lost a lot of blood. I'm surprised Lucas was able to walk all the way into the kitchen at the ranch let alone up the stairs at the hotel.  Why would they take Lucas to the hotel and up those steps. Why not take him to the Doc's office which is ground level? Cowgirl!

This is just a sample of the different types of curtains that was in The North Fork Saloon. If you happen to find a different combination of curtains, I would be glad to add them to this page. Cowgirl!

There is a hitching post outside the North Fork Saloon is 'The Deadly Wait' & none in 'Millie's' Brother'.  I bet we'll see this a lot! Cowgirl!

Lucas had just been shot & Mark is hurrying to take him to town. Notice the rein slips from his hand & he just picks it up as if nothing happened and hurries off! Atta boy Mark! Cowgirl!

'Horse head Hitch Ornament' — In 'The Marshal' you can see a 'Horse head Hitch Ornament' - In 'The Deadly Wait' and several other episodes there is no 'Horse head Hitch Ornament.' Cowgirl!

'The Jailbird' — I just had to show you guys what I found at the Hardware Store in North Fork..... The 'Horse head Hitch Ornament' that was seen outside of the church in an earlier episode. Now we know what happened to it! Earlier in this episode this is not here. The saddle & Lucas are in front of the counter. Cowgirl!

When Lucas looks out the window of his recovery room, from his vantage point, the window is up (open). When the camera angle is reversed and shows him looking out the window, it is closed. They do this twice! Thanks Ann Marie!

During the night, Micah gets up from sitting outside the Marshall’s office to go in and doze off at his desk. Then the shot switches to a faraway exterior of the hotel. One window is illuminated. (They used this exterior footage in many episodes.) Next thing we see is Lucas waking up in his recovery room. As he slowly wakes we see that the room is quite dark. Neither of the two oil lamps are lit. (This is the scene when he goes over to sleep in the chair by the window.) The next time we see Lucas, he is waking up from dozing off in the chair by the window. Now much more of the room is clearly visible but yet the two oil lamps are still unlit. I don’t get the impression that much time has elapsed between scenes. We don’t see a clock showing 1-2 hours have passed. The street lamps are still illuminated. It’s quite dark out. It’s probably much brighter in the room—artificially lit—just so we could see that Lucas grabbed his rifle and cocked it before leaving the room. 
 
We can see that his bloodstained shirt is still on the table by the door. Why didn’t the doctor throw it out? It wouldn’t be worth salvaging. Not to mention the memory attached. I can’t imagine Lucas ever wanting to see that shirt again. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Micah descends the hotel stairs, Mark addresses Micah as “Marshall”. That’s quite rare—maybe the only time in the whole series. Usually he calls him “Micah.” Thanks Ann Marie!

This is file footage of North Fork's lamp post  'The Deadly Wait' - 'The Illustrator' - 'The Wyoming Story'. Cowgirl!


'The Wrong Man' episode #27 — Lucas is at a carnival, throws some balls at what I guess is bottles, tho it never shows the other end of the booth. If you look closely at the baseballs, one can see that they are modern baseballs with the seam threads painted white. The baseball was invented in 1845 and popular towards the end of the 1800's but the modern style ball came later. Thanks Wyatt!

Lucas gets into a fight with one of the carnies, it ain't Lucas. Thanks Rob!

Bloody Lip - After the fight at the carnival, Lucas ends up with a bloody lip. Then he and Micah begin walking and talking. Lucas starts dabbing at the wound. But when the camera angle changes, and they turn the corner, suddenly all the blood is gone. We never see him wipe it away. Thanks Ann Marie!

In the poker game, Curly Smith has ace, king, ten, seven, and three that are all hearts. Jay Jefferson has two kings, a seven and two tens. One of his tens is the ten of hearts. Both players have a ten of hearts. A deck of cards has only one ten of hearts. Thanks Sally!

The shell game - The object of this game is to guess the shell that the pea was under. If the person guessed right, they’d get double the money they paid in back. Mark watched for a minute and decided he could do it. "Round and Round the shell goes, where the pea hides, nobody knows, the hands slicker then the eye, Why not double your money?" Mark guesses wrong to which shell the pea is under. The Shell operator shows Mark there is no pea under the shell he picked. 
Shouldn't the man have shown Mark which shell the pea was really under also?  
Mark is new to the game and just at kid, shouldn't Lucas have asked the man to to see which shell the pea was under? Lucas told Mark that it only cost him a dime to learn a lesson a lot of men spend a fortune learning. 
As part of the lesson I think Lucas could have requested to see which shell the pea was under for Mark. Cowgirl!

After Mark is upset about losing his dime, Lucas walks him over to the ball throwing booth. Watch when Jay Jefferson walks into the scene. Right as Lucas says, “learning” and Mark says, “Learning what?” look at Jay’s hat. A shadow travels back and forth on his hat until he walks away. I think it’s another boom mike shadowThank Ann Marie!

In the wide shot of Lucas and Mark leaning on the hitching post outside the Marshall’s Office, Razor’s shadow covers a good portion of Mark. But in the half shot of them a second later, there isn’t a big shadow on Mark. Thank Ann Marie!

Mark isn’t riding Bosco aka usually Blueboy at the end! Thanks Ann Marie!

During the poker game, in the wide shot, we see curly Smith’s cads fanned out. That omnipresent 10 of Hearts is the card on the far right. Then they switch to a close up of his cards. He fans them out—again—and the 10 of Hearts is on the far left! Also, in the poker game, Curly asks for one card. He adds it to his hand in the close up. Then he adds one card to his hand in the wide shot as well. (Of course that 10 of Hearts still moves over from one end of his hand to the other again.) Also, he doesn’t put the new card in the same place both times either. In each photo, the blue arrow is pointing to the new card, the 7 of Hearts. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Challenge' episode #28 — When Lucas speaks through the broken window to the younger outlaw, there is a sign on Hattie's wall that is worth mentioning. It can be seen just for an instant. It says something like "Marshal's Sale of Abandoned Property" - "Guns - Boots - Saddles"—"May 24"
Ok, I can understand the guns being abandoned. I can understand saddles being abandoned. But boots?? Is Micah burying the folks Lucas shoots without their boots on? Come to think of it, Lucas' actions might be pretty profitable for Micah.

In the beginning, the hitching post has an obvious pile of dirt scooped up against it as if the dirt was holding the base of the post, or is hiding it for some reason. When the Professor goes under the hitching post you can see it wobble. Thanks Rob!

Ever notice how the guns in Hattie's stores are automatically loaded? They can just grab them and fire.... Thanks Michelle Palmer!

There is more than one scene where it appears that the top closure of Lucas’corduroy shirt is undone: The first time is after Lucas has words with Jake Pardee in the store, then he and Mark exit and walk towards the buckboard. Also, you can see something in his pocket. The first time is after Lucas has words with Jake Pardee in the store, then he and Mark exit and walk towards the buckboard. Also, you can see something in his pocket. The second and third photos are not from the same scene. But they were probably filmed at the same time. The second photo here is from the first town meeting. The third photo shows after the second meeting, when Lucas and John were talking alone. Thanks Ann Marie!

Every time that Mark is looking out the hotel window at the street below, the top button of his long underwear is undone. But in the scene where he and Lucas are sitting on the bed talking, it is fastened. In reality, with his father’s life at stake, the last thing Mark would be concerned with is fastening or unfastening that top button! Thanks Ann Marie!

When the song about Jake Pardee starts up again, they briefly show Sweeny walking around the saloon tables. Then they the switch to 3 men outside the saloon. Look at the one sitting closest to the camera. He has a knife in his left hand and it appears that he has whittled a wooden gun! Thanks Ann Marie!

In the beginning of the episode, the window appears to be intact. After Jake exits the store for the gunfight, the Professor and Davy are standing by the store’s window. You can see some light reflecting off the jagged edges of a broken window pane. When was this window broken? Earlier in the episode, when the shooting starts in the general store, we see Lucas and John Hamilton out in the street. They are reacting to the shots, but not ducking, like they thought the bullets were headed in their direction. We never hear glass break. Then we see Jake shooting the cans on the shelves behind the store’s counter. That wall is opposite the windows. So I am wondering if perhaps that window was broken in either another Rifleman episode or another series that used the set (Wanted Dead Or Alive, for example) and they couldn’t get it repaired in time to film the rest of this episode. Also, between the first and second photos, looking through the window, what’s on the store shelves is completely different and that Whiskey sign wasn’t there at the beginning. But it’s the same window! Thanks Ann Marie!   

When Mark is standing on the buckboard and Lucas is talking to Mr. Hannabury, Mark’s top shirt closure is undone. You can see a tiny little loop shadow being cast on our left side of his shirt. If it was fastened, that shadow wouldn’t be there. Also, a few seconds later, the top of Mark’s shirt is really open. Thanks Ann Marie! 

Compare the store’s background when Davy says, “Supposed to be faster than any man with a 6-gun” to when Davy says, “Let’s load up and get going, huh?” They are completely different! But the professor is the one who moved. So if there had been a close up of the professor at this point—the background should have been different behind him. Thanks Ann Marie!

Listen to this song closely—It's part of the Jake Pardee Ballad — do you know what saloon is being sung about here? ♫ Thanks Glenn Gilbert! Songs of The Rifleman 

Lucas: "I told Mark that I didn't want him to watch this fight and that if anything happened he could always trust John Hamilton, he's a good friend."  OOOPS! Do we have another caretaker for Mark if something would happen to Lucas?  

Chawin' Charlie.....I remember this scraggly-lookin' cowboy vest that keeps reappearing from one episode to another.....especially if there is an episode that features a group of bad guys, or range hands who hang around the saloon a lot, drink, and scheme against Lucas, or Micah, or the Bank, or trying to take over the town, etc.


'The Hawk' episode #29 — When Mark and Lucas were going into town they got on their horses. The door of the barn was totally different from the door on the barn as they were riding away....you could tell one was outside and the other wasn't. Then after they rode away the door was open and wasn't two seconds earlier.

When Mark puts the hawk in the bag and straps it onto his horse, he straps the hawk on the right side of the horse. When he and Walt Hake/Reed Young are ready to leave to go to the McCain Ranch, the bag with the hawk in is on the left side of the horse. Thanks Pete! 

'The Hawk'/'The Jailbird' ― check out the difference in the Hardware Stores & the Hardware signs. Cowgirl!

In 'The Hawk' Walt Hake/Reed Young made Mark a rattlesnake hatband and Mark couldn't wait to show it off to his friends. In the next episode was 'Three Legged Terror' the rattlesnake hatband is gone. Thanks Bob!

When Lucas and Mark are letting the Hawk go you can hear the sound of an airplane flying overhead and also if you look close enough you can see the line (wire) the Hawk is connected to just before Lucas is going to let the Hawk go. What do you think? Thanks Susan!

In 'Eight Hours to Die' Mark was saved by Judge Zephaniah Burton from getting bit by a rattler. In 'The Hawk' he was again saved from being bitten by a rattler, but by Walt Hake. In McCain's house the character "Flack" gets in a fight, but it ain't him. Thanks Rob!

Don't cha' just love the way Mark climbs onto Blueboy in his younger years? Mark mounted his horse from the right side. Cowgirl!

In a close up, as Lucas is telling Walt that he isn’t really free, Lucas puts his hand up to separate the door’s window curtains. When they go back to the wide shot, Lucas’ arm is by his side, and he’s standing farther away from the door. Thanks Ann Marie!

I don't know about you, but if you look at the picture on the left, it looks like there is no glass in the window to the door.  It looks like Lucas' fingers are through the window. Cowgirl!

Mark isn’t riding Blueboy aka usually Bosco in this episode. Look how big the white spot is on the horse’s forehead. Also, this horse is darker so the mane and the horse’s coat just about match, like Lucas’ horse Razor. Thanks Ann Marie!

'The McCain's back door — This is only a sample of all the different back doors the McCain's had. If you take a look around the kitchen you'll see some other things that have changes from time to time. Cowgirl!

While Lucas is talking to Walt the first time, we can also see that part was filmed on the fake exterior set. The next scene—when Lucas and Mark get ready to leave in the buckboard—took place on the real exterior set. Thanks Ann Marie!

This illustrates why all actors need to wear makeup when filming or performing in a theater. Look at Walt’s forehead. See the shiny spots? I wonder how it got skipped by the makeup person. This is right after Walt puts the snakeskin band on Mark’s hat. Thanks Ann Marie!


The Three Legged Terror' episode #30 — When Mark was day dreaming thinking of a way to stay home from school, Lucas told him he was going to be late if they didn't get started. Then when they got to the school, there were no other kids there. Even while Lucas was taking care of the teacher, no kids came in. Was Mark the only kid going to school that day or were all the other kids late? Thanks Gloria!

In 'The Hawk' Walt Hake/Reed Young made Mark a rattlesnake hatband and Mark couldn't wait to show it off to his friends. In the next episode was 'Three Legged Terror' the rattlesnake hatband is gone. Thanks Bob!

At the beginning, when Mark shouted for Lucas to help Ms. Adams, Lucas dismounted Razor from the right side. Thanks Ann Marie!

Wall — While recovering from his drunken tirade in the Marshall’s Office, the leather bench that Johnny (Dennis Hopper) is lying on is not close to any wall. But when the camera cuts to a close up of just him, there’s first one wall to his left. Then in the next close up of him, there’s not just one wall but two (we can see the corner)! Thanks Ann Marie!

I happened to see the other day and noticed at the end, when Lucas and Mark are checking out the picture Dennis Hopper drew of them, you can clearly hear a plane flying overhead. That sound is so ubiquitous these days – you have to turn the sound down on the TV to tell that it’s actually coming from it. Funny… Thanks Gene!

The schools sign, the location of it, and the front steps in this episode are completely different from what appears in 'Three Legged Terror.' Also, there is no awning over the door in 'The Apprentice Sheriff'Thanks Ann Marie!

In the opening scene, where Lucas tells Mark that he can sweep the barn out after school—that was filmed on the fake exterior set. When Lucas says, “school” you can see the fake painted scenery behind him. But then when they ride off together, that was obviously the real exterior set. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Lucas asks Mark if he knows Johnny Clover and they get up, pay attention to the gloves in Lucas’ left back pocket. See how neat and flat they are? Then a second later, they walk to Ms. Adams. The gloves are more separated aren’t as far down into his pocket. Thanks Ann Marie!

In this episode, there are numerous instances where you can see the edge of Mark’s hat tie hanging over the left side of his hat: When Mark shouts from the school steps for Lucas to come back and check on Ms. Adams, and while Lucas and Mark are talking to Toomey in the blacksmith’s shop.  While Johnny Clover is shooting up the saloon and also while Lucas and Micah talk to Johnny Clover in the Marshall’s Office. Thanks Ann Marie!

Lucas thanks Fremont, Johnny's uncle for being very cooper-A-tive (Long A). I remember that CooperAtive word because it sounded so weird, but then Fremont, Johnny's uncle, repeated the word with the same pronunciation. I could never figure that out. I mean someone on the set must have known that was the wrong pronunciation????? Thanks Sweeney!

In the very fast wide shot of Fremont getting ready to shoot Johnny’s drawing hand, there is no horse next to his uncle. After Lucas wounds the uncle in the shoulder, though, he slumps against the corral and his horse is there next to him, outside the corral. (That dark area by Freemont’s head is the horse’s front quarter.) Thanks Ann Marie!

At the very end, it looks like one of the corral board’s ends has partially separated from the post. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Angry Man' episode #31—There was an outside shot of the McCain home showing smoke coming out of the chimney. The next scene is Lucas talking with Dr. Burrage and there is no fire burning in the fireplace. I know this is stock footage as it's happened in several other episodes. It's fun spotting these things. Thanks Ruth!

In the first scene, where Mark and Lucas are hunting and meet their new neighbors, Abel McDonald says something like "I am homesteading this government land. I have to build a house." A few scenes later, Abel McDonald and son are shown living in a house, with a barn and other structures, already on the property. So, where did they get them so quickly? Thanks Renewed Fan!

I noticed the same thing. Abel meets Lucas and Mark and says 'this isn't government land anymore', having just gotten the homesteading papers. I doubt such land came with a house on it. They sure put it up quickly, no doubt. Thanks rooster davis!

The footage of the exterior of the MacDonald’s house at night was later reused in 'The Coward' as the exterior of the McCain barn. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Carey falls into the barbed wire, in the wide shot of Lucas and Mark talking, the tie is hanging over the left side of Mark’s hat. But not in the close ups. Thanks Ann Marie!

As Lucas gets the beef stew ready, there’s a checkered pot holder that’s on the top left corner of the stove in the wide shots. In the close up of Lucas, it has moved so it’s between him and the bread that’s also on top of the stove. Also, it looks like the potholder is turned a bit so the edge is touching the top of the oven door. Then in the next close up of Lucas, the potholder is gone. Thanks Ann Marie!

Carey comes up to Mark after Mark set the calf free. They start to talk and go over to the tree. Right as Carey says, “After Ma got sick, Pa had to give up the ranch,” look at the space of tree trunk between him and Mark. A long narrow shadow moves left to right, towards Mark’s hand on the tree. Then it backs away. Then it moves towards his hand again. I think it’s either Blueboy’s head or Carey’s horse’s head. Thanks Ann Marie!

At the very beginning, Lucas and Mark are deer hunting. Mark’s coat is closed. But when he’s perched on the edge of the rock and Lucas throws to grass up to see which way the wind is blowing, look at Mark’s jacket. Now it’s completely open. Thanks Ann Marie!

If you watch this episode you can see Lucas stir the pot of stew with what looks like a wooden spoon. He lays it down on the stove and in another scene he does the same with the salt & pepper. (See picture on the right) This stove should be really hot or is it?  ; ) One more thing, in the picture on the left we see Lucas handling the pot right off the stove with a hot pad in his right hand. But in his left hand he has no hot pad. This should be too hot to handle for the time he is taking to get this pot to the table. Cowgirl!

In the wide shot while Lucas and Mark are talking before eating the beef stew, there’s a boom mike shadow visible. It moves left to right, from the right edge of the door frame to above the oven’s vent pipe. Then it moves right to left and left to right again. No brightness adjustment needed. Thanks Ann Marie!

In Lucas' close-ups during this scene--just the close-ups--there is steam rising from the pot! So either he really was cooking there at one point, or someone heated the pot up somewhere else...then just put it on the stove to lend credibility to the scene. (You have to watch this episode in order to see the steam) Thanks Ann Marie!

Another thing in this scene worth noting: It’s impossible to get a picture of this, but in the close ups of Lucas, you can see steam rising! So the stove was operating in the close ups but not the wide shot?! Looks that way! Thanks Ann Marie!

When Lucas and Mark are sitting on their horses in the profile view, after Mark says, “Remember what you told me once, pa”—a bird flies by very quickly left to right above the horizon in the boxed areas. (The boxes show you where to look.) In this particular frame, it is that “V” shape in the top left area of the first box on the left. Also, in that first box on the left, you can see a power pole. Thanks Ann Marie!

Also, just a bit later, when Abel tells Lucas and Mark that he’s going to put barbed wire around his property, if you look over Lucas’ left shoulder—his left, our right—in the distance there appears to be a non-wooden fence on the countryside. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Carey is recuperating in the doctor’s office, we see his bed against the left hand wall. Then there’s the wall with the door and the right hand wall. Three physical walls and the camera makes the fourth “wall”. But then Abel looks into the doctor’s and sees Mark kneeling by Carey’s bedside and praying for him. One long side of Carey’s bed is against a physical wall where all the equipment and cameras were to film the earlier part of the scene. During the scene inside the doctor’s, Carey’s bed was only against one wall. Thanks Ann Marie!

Spike/Old Spike ― Old Spike is somewhat of a celebrity around the ranch. Here we have spottings (file footage) of Spike aka Old Spike from The Rifleman.

What does The Rifleman - The Westerner and Perry Mason have in common? Boy that old buck sure does get around!


'The Woman' episode #32—Check out the action with the hat. Cowgirl! I never noticed the McCain's having Dutch doors before. Was that just in this one episode (i.e. another continuity issue) or have I just failed to notice them previously? Thanks Renewed Fan!

Take notice to the rifle above the fireplace.....the picture on the right the rifle is facing right. The picture to the left the rifle is facing left. Cowgirl!

This the only episode with the thick curtains over the windows and door window. Usually they had sheer curtains. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Ms. Adams give Mark a brief introduction to Moby Dick, Lucas helps her pick up her things. In the wide shot, Lucas handed her multiple copies of her suffrage pamphlets. In the close up, he’s only holding one, and glances at it. We should see a small stack in his hands in the closeup. She doesn’t hand him one to keep until a few moments later. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Hattie takes the bloomer out of the box, Lucas tilts his head our right to left to look at them. Then he does it again immediately in the wide shot. Without us seeing him move his head to the right first. Thanks Ann Marie!

If you watch closely, you'll see that Ms. Adams turns off the shady lane and sees the schoolhouse boarded up. This makes it appear like the schoolhouse is in the middle of nowhere. Most of the time, the schoolhouse is part of the town. Really, we should have seen Ms. Adams ride through town. I guess filming time constraints are to blame for this, as are the shots of the schoolhouse in 'Eight Hours To Die' and 'Apprentice Sheriff' that also made it appear all by itself, without any other buildings nearby. Then after Ms. Adams rides into the schoolhouse frame, the background behind her changes to some presumably fake bushes and trees. If they weren’t fake, they are at least different. If the backgrounds were the same, we would see part of those hills that were behind her in the first photo in both shots. Thanks Ann Marie!

I enlarged this picture so you can get a better look. The lady driving the buggy is not Patricia Barry/Miss Adams. There is no bangs and the bow to her hat is lower then the close up. Cowgirl!

After the cock fight, watch when the Healey clan leaves the saloon to ride out to the McCain ranch. You can easily see the cowboy on the left has Blueboy. But when they get to the ranch, I don’t see Blueboy in that group of horses.

When Lucas hails the stagecoach—he wants to talk again to Ms. Adams—his hand goes out of the frame in the close up. I think they should have backed him or the camera up a little bit. Thanks Ann Marie!

Boom Mike Shadow — Right at the beginning, when Ms. Adams stops by the McCain barn and says, “Good morning, Mr. McCain. I brought Mark some books,” look at the barn above and to the left of the door opening. You will see a boom mike shadow swing left to right. No brightness adjustment needed. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Lucas and Micah walk out of the frame and Pa Healey begins, “Cousin, you better send the woman folks home…” look in the hotel window. There’s a reflection—not shadow—of a boom mike. Thanks Ann Marie!

About a second and a half after Cousin Healy says, “Hey Pa Healy,” look in the top left corner. A boom mike shadow quickly swings into the frame for about half a second. But the camera pans to follow Pa Healy walking to Cousin Healy—and then it’s out of the frame. So you have to look fast. Thanks Ann Marie!

While Mark is reading to Lucas at home, Hattie yells, “Hello to the house!” Mark gets up and walks to the front door. Watch the top left corner of the screen right after Mark says, “Must be Hattie.” A boom mike shadow quickly moves up, into and out of that area. Thanks Ann Marie!

In this reversed close up, it appears that there’s one closed hotel door and a window behind him. The door is on our left and the window is on the right. Compare this to the wide shot of Lucas just a second later that isn’t reversed. (How do I know it’s not reversed? The hotel is still on the left side of the street from this angle. If it was reversed, it would be on the right side of the street.) So take a look at this wide shot. First of all, the hotel doors are both open. And what’s directly behind Lucas? That light colored building around the corner—not any part of the hotel! 
Also, if we saw the close up normally—without reversing the image—the door would be on our right and the window on our left. That would mean this close up was originally filmed approximately 10 feet or so to our left. Not even close to where Lucas is standing in the wide shot. In the close up, he was actually in front of the other hotel door and windows that would be on our left side of the hotel. So maybe that’s another reason they reversed it—so the close up and wide shot backgrounds basically match (but not 100%). At least the hotel door and window are in the same position near Lucas in the second shot. (One hotel door on the left and window on the right.) But a keen observer can tell it’s still a bit off. Thanks Ann Marie!

Reversed Images - In the close up of Lucas watching the stagecoach pull away—take a really good look at him. J Notice anything unusual? The image is reversed! We are seeing him how he would see himself while looking into a mirror. Or if we were standing next to him, also looking into the mirror. How can you tell? The scar above his lip and the bump on his forehead are on our right (his left) instead of his right (our left). So why on earth would they do this? Well, I have a couple of ideas. Thanks Ann Marie!

Maybe when the show was being edited together, they realized they wanted a close up of Lucas looking to his right (our left)—the direction stagecoach was to have travelled. But all the film for the episode was already shot. So the astute film person just flipped the film to get the direction of Lucas’ eyes correct. Thanks Ann Marie!

When the stagecoach moved in front of Lucas, it was travelling our and Lucas’ left to right. Lucas’ back was to us. So if he’s supposed to be following the stagecoach with his eyes—and we see him from the front—he needs to be looking to his right (our left). If they didn’t reverse the image, he would be looking to his left (our right). That would be really weird, because we know which way the stagecoach just went! But honestly, when the image is reversed, I find that much more distracting because a) he looks like someone else to me and b) I know what side that bump and scar are supposed to be on! Thanks Ann Marie!

Lucas' Hair - Early in the episode, when Lucas is inside the house, his hair is a bit longer in the back than a few seconds later when he’s outside. Also, before entering Hattie’s store to get Mark’s tonic, his hair is shorter in the back than once he’s inside. Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Money Gun' episode #33 — Did you notice that we see parts (or camera angles) of North Fork in this episode that are seldom, if ever, repeated? As they leave town for the duel, you see a side street which is viewed at an angle. You see the same location again near the end of the episode, as they return to town after the duel. Thanks Renewed Fan! 

Notice how different the bars on The Marshal's office windows & door are ― Look at the picture on the left - there are bars on the Marshal's Office windows. The picture on the right, there are no bars. Cowgirl!

In 'Duel of Honor' you can see in the background the North Fork Land office. The bank came to North Fork in  'The Safe Guard.'  The picture to the right is from 'The Money Gun' — showing the bank in the background. North Fork must not have needed a Land Office anymore. Cowgirl!

The wind is a blowin' in the trees, 'cept those that are painted on the backdrop in the fight scene. Thanks Rob!

Did anyone notice who's walking down the street with John Hamilton in the opening scene? It's his cousin from back East - Agnes. Gee, I never thought we'd see her in North Fork again! Not after the reception she got in 'The Boarding House'. Thanks Michelle Palmer!

The wind is a blowin' in the trees, 'cept those that are painted on the backdrop in the fight scene. Thanks Rob!

Shadows — Right after Oat Jackford dismounts, at the beginning, there are some huge (and scary) looking shadows of a person and a horse passing over the bank in the background. The first shadow goes right to left, the second goes left to right. Thanks Ann Marie!

Jackets & coats — In the fight with Oat Jackford in town, Lucas is wearing the dark denim jacket. Mark is wearing the light colored jacket with the frog closures. In the next scene, Lucas is wearing a dark heavy topcoat and Mark has on a dark wool coat. Everyone else is also dressed warmly. Nothing is said in regards to the temperature or seasons or anything. So…was it just a cold day on the set? We don’t see Lucas or Mark wear those particular coats ever again in the series. Thanks Ann Marie!

"Let's take a walk 'old man'," said Tom King. In real life John Dehner was four years older than Bert Freed. Cowgirl!

Who is this tending the bar? It’s not Sweeney or Benson! Thanks Ann Marie!

Later in the episode, as Lucas and Micah walk toward the saloon, we can see this different store is on the same side of the street as the saloon. (Hattie’s—and later Milly’s—store was directly across from the saloon)

In the scene after that (see blooper page 7), the tie’s sticking out again—when everyone has the heavy coats on and the wide shots including Mark after he enters the auction barn the first time. But in his close up it’s fixed again. Then when Lucas and Micah enter the livery stable to interrupt the auction, Mark’s tie is sticking out in the wide shots. But not in the close ups. Then it’s fixed for the rest of the episode. Thanks Ann Marie for this page of bloopers!

After the fight, Micah exits the Marshall’s Office. While the door is open, a sign reading “Guns Repaired” then “Also Clocks Fixed”. What is a sign like this doing in a Marshall’s Office? The shot on the right is later in the episode after Lucas meets Oat Jackford on the road. Did the wind blow the sign down? In this second photo, now it’s on the floor, propped up against something. Another framed picture appears to have taken the same wall space. Thanks Ann Marie!

This last picture shows the sign in its rightful place, inside the store. It’s from 'The Challenge,' just a few episodes earlier. Thanks Ann Marie!

At the beginning, Oat Jackford is yelling at Asa Manning in front of the bank. After Oat shouts, “You buying friends with my money?” They begin to fight. The camera cuts to Lucas, Mark and Bert Sanderson. As soon as you them, look at the—his left, our right—edge of Mark’s hat. As Mark turns his head, you can see his hat tie sticking out past the edge. Then next time they cut to Lucas and Mark, the tie has been fixed. So you have to look fast. And it’s more obvious as you watch the episode than in this picture. The light overhead is making the tie cast a little shadow on the side of his hat. It may help to look at the second picture—after it has been fixed—to compare.
Then in the next scene, after all the fighting’s over, Oat tells Micah, “You keep him out of my sight, and you keep McCain out of my hair.” Then they show a close up of Mark. The tie is not sticking out. But when he walks toward Lucas and Micah in the next shot—it’s sticking out again. Thanks Ann Marie!

In the scene after that (see blooper page 7), the tie’s sticking out again—when everyone has the heavy coats on and the wide shots including Mark after he enters the auction barn the first time. But in his close up it’s fixed again. Then when Lucas and Micah enter the livery stable to interrupt the auction, Mark’s tie is sticking out in the wide shots. But not in the close ups. Then it’s fixed for the rest of the episode. Thanks Ann Marie!

In the scene after that the tie’s sticking out again—when everyone has the heavy coats on and the wide shots including Mark after he enters the auction barn the first time. But in his close up it’s fixed again. Then when Lucas and Micah enter the livery stable to interrupt the auction, Mark’s tie is sticking out in the wide shots. But not in the close ups. Then it’s fixed for the rest of the episode. Thanks Ann Marie!

Right before Lucas warns Oat about Tom King, Oat’s riding on that shady lane. A second later, when Oat rides up to talk to Lucas—that was filmed on a soundstage. You can tell the background is fake. Thanks Ann Marie!

As Oat Jackford beats up Tom King, we see Tom’s hat by Lucas and the full bush. When Lucas, Micah and Oat walk out of the frame, however, Tom’s hat is about equidistant from the bushes in the foreground. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Oat confronts Tom King in the saloon, Lucas stands by the saloon and regular doors. We even see a close up of him in front of the regular door, silent. But when he says to Oat, “Jackford, will you listen?” Lucas is farther in the saloon—maybe 3 to 4 feet away from the door. We don’t see him move there. Thanks Ann Marie!

Is Asa saying Mr. Hamilton or Mr. Henson. Maybe it's just the cigar in his mouth? "What say U?" Did you notice the Scottish accent John Hamilton had in the beginning episodes, later his accent is gone? Cowgirl!


'A Matter of Faith' episode #34 — When Hode shoots at Jonas, Mark, and Lucas, everyone dives for cover. Lucas returns fire and Mark scrambles to get inside the house. Mark ends up scooting backward right between Lucas' legs. Cowgirl!

Lucas put on a freshly starched ironed shirt. Dry cleaner couldn't get it that perfect, much less a sodbuster living in the wilderness. Thanks Bob!

Did you notice Lucas' right hand? It looks like it is wrapped up. Maybe a bandage on it? Cowgirl!

Royal Dano is the rain maker Jonas Epps. He has his forked willow stick at the McCain ranch showing Mark how it works. As he's getting ready to "do his thing" with the stick... the top of the stick is noticeably bent --pointed back at Jonas's face-- when they cut to a wider shot to include Mark... the stick instantly turned around in his hands and the bent top is now pointed away from his face! Thanks KenC!

After exiting the store, Mark crouches down under the swinging saloon doors. We see him in the close ups. After the second close up of Mark, they switch to a wide shot of the saloon. Jonas moves to our left. Mark is not in the background under the doors. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Lucas, Mark, and Jonas are eating dinner, Mark’s bangs  are perfectly combed in the wide shot but messy in the close up. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Lucas brings Hode Evans’ body in, the rifle moves from our far left side of the buckboard bench to the right side in the closer shot. Also notice in this shot on the left, Jeff’s horse in the far right just sniffed  the man’s hand for a treat. The horse does this continually as you watch the scene. Those horses must’ve been spoiled rotten! Thanks Ann Marie!

A little bit after Lucas tells Mark, “Save your breath for cooling your soup,” he also says to Mark, “We have stores to buy.” "Stores" can also mean a stock of provisions or supplies. The word is a shortened form of the obsolete term "astor". Thanks Ann Marie!

At the end of the episode, when Jonas (Royal Dano) is standing around the ranch where he's looking for water, you can clearly see tractor treads on the ground. They must have forgotten to grade the ground. I don't think there were any tractors then  :-) Thanks John Gilbert! John is the son of Herschel Burke Gilbert.


'Blood Brother' episode #35 — Micah said he was married to Elizabeth Cook, the prettiest girl in Montana Territory. In 'Guilty Conscience' episode #137 — Lucas asked Micah what he knew about woman..... "Enough to have stayed single," said Micah.
Maybe he meant enough to stay single since Elizabeth passed away. Cowgirl!

Lucas and Mark take the dying Stoddard to the doc's office. Mark comes in and wants to stay. Lucas hesitates, then says something like, "Well, dying is a natural part of life so you can stay". Problem: there have been about 57 killings so far in the series (plus some natural causes deaths, like the death of the judge in 'Eight Hours To Die'). Mark has witnessed probably half of these killings. So, why is Lucas hesitant to let Mark stay? It is not like it is the first time Mark has seen someone die. It probably is not even the 30th time Mark has seen someone die. This seems to be a bit of a scriptwriter's idea - it sounded nice to have Lucas say it, but the reality is that the whole exchange is not rational. Thanks Renewed Fan!

(1) Micah says that "thirty years ago" in Montana, he got married and had a farm - - thirty years before was the early 1850's, when Montana was not inhabited by anyone but Indians and a few trappers/fur traders in the 1850's. Bannock, which is a town referenced by Micah, was founded in the 1860's. 
(2) Micah's story reminds me a WHOLE lot of the account Lucas tells in 'Old Man Running' about the death of Margaret. 
(3) I do not know that vigilantes were ever, strictly speaking, "legal" in the West, and Lucas' favorable attitude toward them seems a bit out of character. (4) When Stoddard is being treated by Doc Burrage, Mark comes in and asks to be allowed to stay. Lucas says something like "being born and dying are natural" and decides to let Mark stay. . . question: how many folks has Mark seen Lucas kill already? 30, maybe? So, he should be pretty used to it. What is the big deal about him being in the room? Thanks Renewed Fan!

In 'Blood Brother' you can see stock footage of Lucas and Mark riding away from home. You can see the difference in their clothes. Thanks Gloria Fortner!

When we first meet Mr. Jethroe he is addressed by one of his vigilante brothers. Then we see Mark and Lucas ride up. Lucas introduces himself as McCain but Jethroe never says his name he is from the Peoples Committee from Talbot City. When Lucas rides into town he calls him Mr. Jethroe but he didn't know his name. One of the party tells the Doc his name is Jethroe but Lucas hasn't arrived yet. Thanks markisddg!

Micah comes in Doc's office and sees it's Stoddard and tells the Doc to let him die and leaves. Lucas attempts to follow Micah but Doc tells Lucas he needs him for a blood transfusion. Later Lucas goes to see Micah and Micah states "You wasted your blood Lucas and that's too bad. 
How did Micah know Lucas gave blood to Stoddard he left before it was mentioned and stayed in his office. Thanks Markisddg!

Isn’t it kind of odd that all the shots of Lucas giving blood are either extremely close up or far away? There’s nothing indecent about us seeing him with his shirt off! ;) So, at first I thought, well, they can’t actually show Lucas giving blood. No way to make it just appear real, maybe? However, now I think it’s because they didn’t want to reveal the fact that the corduroy shirt actually was an adult onesie. It’d be really weird to see his shirt open, one sleeve still on. We’d be saying, since when is he that modest? He’ll work outside without the shirt, but to donate blood he keeps it half on—in the doctor’s office, no less? Also, I think it’s strange he’s sitting up while giving blood. Every other time—in shows and in real life—the donor is always lying down. At least that’s what I’ve always witnessed. Thanks Ann Marie! 

When Chuck Connors is riding into town holding Stoddard he is actually holding Whitey Hughes then when they cut to the close up it is Max Wagner. Thanks Phillip Arnold!

As you watch this scene where Lucas is taking Stoddard into North Fork you can see Stoddard (Whitey Hughes) grab a hold of Lucas' arm. Cowgirl!

Shadow — When Micah backs up in the Marshall’s Office and says, “Oh, I’m not like you,” there’s a crazy shadow on Micah’s face and shoulder for a couple of seconds. What is that? Thanks Ann Marie!

In the wide shot, while Lucas is giving blood, there’s a towel on Stoddard’s shirt. In Stoddard’s close up, we see the bandage under his shirt—but no towel over his shirt. There’s one next to his head, on top of the pillow. Also, in the wide shot, the head of the bed is against the wall on our right. But the bed isn’t against the wall in the close up.
Mark was with Lucas the whole time he donated blood. Then there’s that short scene with the People’s Committee figuring out which road to take. So, after that, why does Lucas exit and run into Mark—who’s outside—and tell him to wait by the building next to the Marshall’s? When did Mark leave by himself? Thanks Ann Marie!

Lucas' pocket — It appears that there is something small in Lucas’ front shirt pocket when he is talking to Mr. Jethroe right in front of Doc Burrage’s office. It looks like a small rectangle. But when Lucas enters just a little bit later, I think it’s gone. Then he goes over to the Marshall’s Office. The pockets appear to be empty. After Micah tosses the Marshall’s badge on the floor and storms out, Lucas picks it up and puts it in his left shirt pocket. Assumedly that was the only thing in there at that point. When the camera angle changes to show Lucas exiting the Marshall’s office, there is that rectangular shaped thing again. The star isn’t shaped like that. Also, there’s something in that right shirt pocket, possibly resembling a cheap lighter. You can see the lighter as he is talking to Mr. Hannabury and both are walking towards the saloon. Then they both go into the saloon. Now the pack of cigarettes—or whatever—has moved to his right front shirt pocket. Why? Because with the blocking, it would look better for Lucas to take the Marshall’s badge out of his left shirt pocket. It would have been funny for him to take everything out of the left pocket, one by one, and say, “I know it’s in here somewhere” but not good for the story. Thanks Ann Marie!

While Lucas and Mark find Stoddard by the road, Lucas’ hair is long and very straight in the back. But look after he and Dr. Burrage shoo the People’s Committee from outside the doctor’s office. It looks darker and kind of wavy. In this photo on the left, it also looks longer than the photo on the right. Which makes sense, because straightening it out would make it a bit longer. Then, in the next scene, when he turns to leave the doctor’s office, it’s even more wavy. Thanks Ann Marie!

While Lucas tells the people’s committee where Stoddard is, you can see Jethroe’s hat and suit jacket look relatively clean. Lucas and Mark don’t get far out of North Fork before they meet Jethroe and the other two men. So how come Jethroe’s hat is really dirty by the time he talks to Dr. Burrage?Thanks Ann Marie!

When Micah removes the Marshall’s badge from his vest, he’d naturally have the front facing out, towards Lucas. But in the Lucas’ close ups, while Micah says, “You heard what I said, take it!” the badge’s front faces the camera. For that to be possible, Micah would have had to flip it around. If you’re TV set is big enough—or if you can zoom in—you can clearly see “Marshall” in all capital letters in the left-hand photo. Also, two different stars were used. Notice in the photo on the left, the star’s points are rounded off. They’re sharp in the photo on the right. Thanks Ann Marie!

At the end, Stoddard gives Micah the envelope. Micah tells Lucas there $400 in the envelope and turns to leave. As Micah goes towards the door, we can see Lucas and Mark standing by the door. But when Mark asks Lucas why Stoddard had to die, suddenly Lucas is clearly sitting. Thanks Ann Marie!


'Stranger at Night' episode #36 — When Mark was in the wagon playing with the sword, you could see his shadow on the hills outside. I tried to capture Mark's shadow. You can see Mark's shadow but it was hard to capture. Very Obvious painted background scenery at the McCain Ranch. Thanks Rob!

When Artemus is crashing through the front door at the end, the curtains blow through the window - no glass pane. cowgirl!

In the barn, Mark is telling Lucas about the dead man he found, and Lucas’ jeans are really dark. In the next scene, as Lucas is getting ready to leave to see the dead man, his jeans are much lighter. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Mark ran from Quarles in the house, there was a lock on the backdoor. Never noticed a lock before. Why lock the back if you are not going to lock the front door?!! Also what was the purpose of Quarles grabbing Mark like that when he ran in the barn yelling for Lucas? He was really rough on his poor little arm!!

'The Retired Gun' episode #17 ―  when the newly married couple first arrive at Lucas' ranch, we see them drive past the rear door of the McCain house, as if the road from North Fork winds past the side of the house. Never seen before or after. Thanks Rob!

Although we do not see this door used a lot, I have also seen this used in 'The Pet' & 'Stranger at Night'Cowgirl!

Fly — After Artemis climbs down from the ladder and talks to Lucas and Mark on the porch, a fly lands on the front (not the bill) of Artemis’ cap and crawled between the leather strap and the fabric. Thanks Ann Marie!

In 'Stranger at Night' Micah lived in a house. In 'Closer than a Brother' Micah took a room at He had taken an attic room out at Mrs. Rington's.  In 'Guilty Conscience' & 'The Day a Town Slept' Micah lived in an apartment. The picture from 'The Day a Town Slept' is the same room as 'Guilty Conscience' (only messier) and they are the same outside. Cowgirl!

During this scene watch the close ups of Lucas and Artemis very carefully. I think their tea cups are the same pattern—but the colors don’t match. See how the pattern appears lighter on Lucas’ cup? So how many dinnerware sets did the McCain household own? Maybe Lucas’ was red and Artemis’ was blue. Blue’s closer to black, so I think it would appear darker than the red cup. Also, notice how Lucas is holding the cup with his left hand. But in the wide shot, he sets it down on the table with his right hand. Thanks to Ann Marie!

Lucas' Hat — I thought it was funny that Lucas didn’t take his hat off before eating at the table. I remember a few times where he told Mark to remove his hat. 'The Safeguard' and 'The Wrong Man' are two examples. Also, when they met the “preacher’s wife” in 'A Time For Singing', Lucas just took Mark’s hat off himself! When Mark was standing by the hotel dining room table in 'Spiked Rifle', Lucas took Mark’s hat off and placed his and Mark’s on the nearby hat/coat stand—without either saying a word. Maybe in 'Stranger at Night' it was a mistake and Chuck didn’t think about it until he was already seated and didn’t want to ruin the take, so he just kept it on? Thanks Ann Marie!

After Lucas thanks Artemis for watching Mark, they switch to a shot of Artemis and Mark. The top closure of Mark’s shirt is not fastenedThanks Ann Marie!

Lucas’ bandage ends switch sides during the episode, without us seeing anyone change it! In the bottom set, also notice how much of Lucas’ bangs are out. A few seconds later, just a piece! Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Raid' episode #37 — Mark is kidnapped by Indians. After knocking Lucas out, one of the Indians grabs Mark and tosses him face down, on a horse. He is actually slung over the horse, face down in front of the rider. As Mark is being tossed up, watch his hands and arms. He actually reaches out to grab the saddle and help position himself in front of the rider. It this were a real event, I imagine Mark would be kicking, fighting, and trying to push away from the saddle. Personally, I don't blame him. It would be pretty uncomfortable to be thrown up on a horse in that position. Thanks PJH!

The Indian on the horse who reaches out to put Mark on the horse with him is Pat Hogan who played Artak. He was the Indian who confronted Chaqua about killing Mark. He was married to Johnny Crawford and Robert "Bobby" Crawford Jr. sister, Nance Crawford.

Do you know what Toomey's first name was? They called Robert Foulk Toomey several times through this episode. But the credits say his name is "Johannson." You know, I can't help but think how much of a coward Toomey was and if the cowboy boot would be on the other foot, we all know Lucas would not have turned back, he would help get Toomey or whoever son was taken get his son back! "What say U?" Cowgirl! 

I did ask Arnold Laven/LGL Productions about this. You'll have to check out his page and see what all he had to say about The RiflemanCowgirl!

While Lucas & Chaqua are fighting you can hear Buckhart tell Mark to get a knife to cut him loose. The picture on the left is after Mark got the knife.  If you watch closely, they seem to be waiting for their cue to pull Lucas off of Chaqua. They watch for several seconds and when Lucas starts to say..... "You took my boy....." in the background they both get up to pull Lucas off of Chaqua. Cowgirl!

What kind of Apaches were these? (a) Lucas is left alive. (b) Lucas kept his scalp. (c) Lucas' rifle was lying right there, not five feet away, and they left it. (d) The ranch was not burned. (e) The livestock (especially the horses) were not taken. (f) I know the Apaches had the habit of taking teenage girls, but I am not sure that they had much of a history of taking teenage boys. Thanks Renewed Fan!

At the end of 'The Raid' when you see Lucas & Chaqua fighting and Lucas is strangling Chaqua, did Lucas strangle Chaqua to death or did he render him unconscious? If you listen through headphones, you can hear Sam Buckhart quickly telling Lucas that Chaqua is dead, as he and Mark are pulling him away. Even though these were tame Apaches, I would assume Lucas would have to kill Chaqua and all the others. Because realistically, if they survived, what would stop them from coming back and trying again? (If we’re trying to make the story more believable.) Thanks Ann Marie!

I'm a little confused about 'The Raid.' Why is he called Johansson in the credits??? When Lucas talks to him, he calls him Toomey. When Buckhart talks about him, he calls him Toomey. So what is this Johansson all about? Am I missing something? Thanks Michelle Palmer!

'The Wyoming Story' — When Lucas is riding off to Wyoming, it’s stock footage from 'The Raid.' Thanks Ann Marie!

Bullet Holes — In the scene where Hattie hands Lucas his hat and a canteen, there’s a bullet hole in the house’s support beam. This did not occur when the Indians took Mark. First of all, Lucas and Mark were by the barn at the beginning. Also, the Apaches had bows and arrows and clubs—not guns. So I wonder if they had filmed part of 'A Matter Of Faith' when Hode tries to kill Jonas at the McCain ranch before this scene in The Raid was filmed. The location of the bullet hole looks about the same between the two episodes. Thanks Ann Marie!

After Sam Buckhart jumps over the gorge, Lucas wakes up and gets up. He also continues to look for Mark. As Lucas walks closer to the camera, leaving the campsite, he unbuttons the top button on his jacket. But when he comes up to the same gorge, before he jumps over it, you can see the first three buttons are unfastened on his jacket. Thanks Ann Marie!

Mark is helping his Pa chop wood. He stops and stares out at the land. If you look quick enough, behind the trees in that scene on the left hand side, you will see someone on horseback hiding behind the trees. I believe this happens right before Mark starts talking about how it seems like they are the only two people there. When the raid starts they are coming from toward the house, not from behind the barn until Chaqua comes and hits Lucas on the head. (This picture does not do it any justice, but wanted to give you an idea where to look - if you watch this episode, you can spot it easy. Cowgirl!

Also, in this scene, they are on the fake exterior set. But when we see what Mark sees—looking out onto their land, and when the Apaches come riding towards and away from the ranch, these shots were really filmed outside. Thanks Ann Marie!

The top closure of Mark’s shirt is not fastened. Thanks Ann Marie!

As Lucas is recuperating in the bedroom, watch the location of the bed. At first, it is almost against the left hand wall. But midway through the scene, after Hattie says, “Lucas, please lie still,” and Lucas sees Sam Buckhart in the doorway, now look at the next wide shot. The foot of the bed is against the right wall! (The same wall as the door!) It’s moved around 3-4 feet! Also observe the chair by the window between these two shots. When the bed is close to the left wall, the chair is big with a rectangular back. (That chair is normally in the main room in season 1.) When the bed’s against the right wall, that rectangular back chair is gone and there’s a shorter, semi-circle-shaped back chair next to the window. Thanks Ann Marie!


'Outlaw's Inheritance' episode #38 — When the lawyer walks into the Madera House, he walks into the dining hall and addresses Micah as "Marshal". Problem: the lawyer is new in town (he just got off the stage and has no visible badge) so how does he know who Micah is? Micah's badge is NOT visible! Cowgirl!

When Mark delivers the envelope to Lucas with the $500, there is a chair on the front porch with its back to the wall. (You can see it on the edge of the frame, to the viewer's left, behind Lucas). A moment later, Lucas uses the chair for target practice. It is now out on the porch, facing to the side, and not against the wall. Cowgirl!

More "W" spottings on the Wrangler Jeans. In the bedroom in the hotel room during the storm in 'Outlaw's Inheritance'. (You have too look really close for this one, I had to re-size this picture, but you can see it.) Thanks Chipster!

As Lucas fights the second heckler who was standing in front of the saloon you can see the shadows of the men waiting to enter the scene. Thanks Ann Marie!

I've noticed that Lucas' hair is longer in this episode. I'm wondering if it is on purpose - after a long, hard winter...It's actually kind of cute... BUT there is a place in the episode where it looks like his hair is it's normal length - the first scene in town when Lucas has his hat on...Is it just me? Thanks Michelle Palmer!

In 'Outlaw's Inheritance' when those two guys are poking fun at Lucas for knowing that outlaw, Wade Joiner. Then one of them goes at Lucas with the broken whiskey bottle and smashes his hand into the building and blood is on the wall. One minute there's blood the next minute no blood. Thanks markisddg!

When Mark is riding to the ranch with the inheritance money, he just has on his shirt and pants. (Looks like the same footage in 'The Spoiler' when he is racing home to tell Lucas that he had seen the killer.) When he gets to the porch with the check, he has on his little jacket he wore that season. Thanks Gloria Fortner!

Band-Aide —  Lucas is supposed to have $500 fanned out. However, in reality, there are 3 $10s, a $100, and another bill we can’t see. The way he’s holding the bills, you can tell that he doesn’t have a huge stack of money. Depending on that last bill, he might have less than $200. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Lucas is standing on the front porch and has the $500 fanned out, there’s an adhesive bandage on his left finger. You can see it again as he begins to read the note accompanying the money. Then he walks back into the house to continue reading the note and the bandage is gone! A minute later, as he and Dave Stafford are getting ready to leave, Lucas goes back outside and the bandage is back on again! Band-Aids were invented in 1920! For the inconsistency of the shot and the historical inaccuracy, this is a literal double boo-boo! Thanks Ann Marie!

Button... button what happened to the button?! When Lucas is talking to Mark in the buckboard, all the buttons are there and fastened on Lucas’ shirt. But pay attention to the fourth button from the top. After he jumps off the buckboard and turns around to say one more thing to Mark, it is definitely in the frame for a couple of split seconds. The button disappears between the time after he finishes talking to Mark and the fight begins. It happened before Lucas even talks to those two guys in front of the saloon, actually. Start looking as he walks in front of the saloon and the two guys standing on the walkway. After Lucas catches the whiskey bottle in his left hand, he talks to the heckler on the left. As Lucas brings the bottle across his body, he kind of turns a bit, still talking to the heckler on the left. That fourth button sure doesn't look like it's fastened to me. Then it definitely is still not visible after the fight. Look as Lucas walks into the frame to talk to Dave, when they are still in front of the saloon. As Lucas is catching his breath, you can see the gap/slack in his shirt since the fourth button is still unbuttoned. Also as Lucas, Micah and Mark all walk into the street--and closer to the camera--you can definitely see that button isn't there. In the next scene, Lucas and Mark go into the bank, and that button has been magically refastened! Thanks Ann Marie!

Thunder - lightening & rain — Lucas and Mark are staying at the hotel overnight because it is raining so hard the trail has been washed out. Stafford is staying at the hotel too across the hall. He comes to Lucas's room to discuss things. It is still raining and Mark wakes up briefly from the loud thunder. After their talk Stafford leaves and goes downstairs. Britton is in the lobby. Both men step outside on the porch...things do not seem wet. Then then we see Micah closing up shop and walking down the street....everything is as dry as a bone!! And it doesn't even look dark out, it was supposed to be nighttime. Things sure change quick in North Fork! Thanks Rhody!

When Lucas invites Dave into the house for coffee, and Mark brings another cup to the table for him, notice that the cups don’t match. (If it’s not obvious in this photo, it is while you watch the episode on a bigger screen.) Thanks Ann Marie!

Lucas' Gloves — When Trimble hands Wade Joyner’s will to Lucas, he is wearing gloves. After Trimble leaves the bank, there’s a shot of Lucas and Toomey. Now Lucas’ gloves are off. Thanks Ann Marie!

On the kitchen wall, notice the skillet is hanging lower in 'Outlaw’s Inheritance'—the photo on the left—than it is in the next episode, 'The Boomerang,' on the right. We see the bottom edge of the pan is just about even with the side door’s sliding lock in the photo on the left. In the photo on the right, it looks like the bottom edge is about six inches higher. Thanks Ann Marie!'

'Outlaw Inheritance' and 'Tinhorn' are the only two episodes where there was poker playing in the hotel. Usually it happened in the saloon, of course. If you want to include any kind of wagering or betting, you could also mention 'Shattered Idol' when Mark Twain and Russell played the billiards game—in what was usually the hotel’s dining room. Thanks Ann Marie!

When Lucas first gets into town there are no stains on his jacket, but after the fight outside of the saloon you can see his jacket stained with ? blood/booze. Then when he goes into the bank, the stain is gone. Cowgirl!


'Boomerang' episode #39 — When they first show the grave (4-5 minutes into the episode) there is no tree or bush behind it. Near the very end, they show it again, and now there is a tree or bush behind it. Thanks Renewed Fan!

The date on Sam Elder's marker for his grave was 1871 which is far too early (Mark would have been born pre-Civil War. In the 2nd season episode 'The Martinet'  the date on the grave was 1883 or 1884. Thanks Renewed Fan!

When Lucas climbs off the ladder to stop Mrs. Claremont’s horse, Razor is not by the house. (There is a horse in the background, but it looks too light to be Razor.) After Mrs. Claremont shows Lucas the articles her husband wrote about him, Lucas walks to the hitching post in front of their house. Mounts Razor and leaves in a hurry! (This riding away scene is stock footage from 'Boomerang'.) Thanks Ann Marie!

On the kitchen wall, notice the skillet is hanging lower in 'Outlaw’s Inheritance'—the photo on the left—than it is in the next episode, 'The Boomerang', on the right. We see the bottom edge of the pan is just about even with the side door’s sliding lock in the photo on the left. In the photo on the right, it looks like the bottom edge is about six inches higher. Thanks Ann Marie!

In the last scene, Mark is standing on the buckboard, in the back, behind Lucas and John Hamilton, Tim Elder walks toward the three of them. They cut to a closer half shot of all four. Now Mark is much closer to Lucas and John. All you see of Mark is his head! Thanks Ann Marie!

In the last scene - Johnny Crawford almost falls down when the buckboard starts moving. Thanks Renewed Fan!

Lucas shoots all the cans off the fence top. Then Mark sets them up again. Lucas reloads the rifle before giving it to Tim. Tim fired a total of six shots—one for each can. During Tim’s last shot—he is in profile view at this time—we don’t see a shell eject. In both frames, you can see his right hand is just about in the same position, bringing the level down towards the ground. So each time a shell should eject. Thanks Ann Marie!

Then when just Lucas and Tim are out there—and Tim’s trying to shoot the cans, the first time Tim is crouched down, he fires 5 shots. We see shells eject. Lucas starts to reload the rifle. But when Tim stands up and shoots and then crouches down again, we don’t see any shells eject, but we do see Tim moving the lever for most of the shots—which should eject the shell, if there’s one to eject. Thanks Ann Marie!

I know it’s hard to see in this second photo, but I did get a capture of Tim moving the rifle’s lever—and yet there’s no shell flying around him. Thank Ann Marie!

During Tim’s first shooting session—when Mark is also present—put the episode into slow motion—if you can. While Tim shoots, notice that the center and two right-hand cans are actually full. Some of the contents spill out upon the bullets’ impact—captured in the boxed area. Then watch during the second session—with just Lucas and Tim. Notice while they are crouched down, Tim hits three full cans. Remember, in The Boarding House and The Deserter, Lucas and Mark mention about not wasting food. So was this how they opened the cans????? Thanks Ann Marie!

The footage of John Hamilton shooting Tim Elder’s hat—that was not filmed on the North Fork town set. There’s lot of open area around the top of that building. Also, there’s no building in the town like that. (The livery stable doesn’t have a window right under the peak like this barn does.) There’s some hills in the background, too. Could it have been shot at the McCain ranch—and the building peak we see is the McCain barn? Thanks Ann Marie!


'The Mind Reader' episode #40 — Abel Goss (John Carradine) is at the hotel door carrying his posters under his arm. When he reaches the hotel desk the posters are turned the other way. Thanks Sally!

In 'End of a Young Gun' Michael Landon's character was named Will and in 'The Mind Reader' his name was Billy, they were two totally different characters. Thanks Michelle Palmer!

When Lucas is looking at the hotel register, he sets his rifle down on the counter. But he sets it either on or near Eddie's hand. Eddie looks down at it and then moves his hand...not sure if this is acting or a boo boo.... Thanks Michelle Palmer!

I saw Charles Seel as the storekeeper (as he was in 'The Mind Reader') but when Micah entered the store to chastise Charles’ character, he called him “Willard,” and not Barney. Earlier in the show Katy Jurado’s character Julia and a street walker called the Barber “Barney” who was played by Charles Tannen. Thanks Lou! 

No credit given to either Barney's for 'The Boarding House'

The shot of the silhouetted Lucas and Mark riding on the backboard at the beginning originally appeared in 'The Apprentice Sheriff.'  Thanks Ann Marie!

When the two men come riding into town at the very beginning, the one on the left has Blueboy. Thanks Ann Marie!

As McBride says, “The next question asks,” his left hand is extended out from his side, palm facing us. In the close up, just a second later his arm is much lower, closer to his waist and his hand is closed. Thanks Ann Marie!

While the town drunk Ed Osborne helps Lucas figure out who killed John Hallager, watch Lucas’ left hand. It keeps changing positions on the rifle! But we don’t see his hand move into these positions. Thanks Ann Marie!


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