The Rifleman
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Chit Chat on bloopers and things worth mentioning!
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Episodes 1 thru 40 — Season 1

A big thanks to all the 's & 's who have contributed to the 'Blooper' pages & The McCain Ranch!

The reason there are so many bloopers in 'The Sharpshooter' is because LGL (Levy, Gardner & Laven) used some clips from the original 'Sharpshooter' from Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre and added new scenes from "The Rifleman" (LGL). I have the original airing of 'The Sharpshooter' and they did make a lot of changes.  Cowgirl!

'The Sharpshooter' episode #1 — 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!

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.  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!

Just how far is it to North Fork?  I guess it depends on who you ask!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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 2 two.  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!

'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!

Vernon also refers to Lucas as "Your Dad."  Maybe because this was a pilot, they hadn't decided what Mark would call Lucas.  I know in the original script of 'The Sharpshooter' Mark does call Lucas Dad.

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.  Cowgirl!

Actually, 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 other episode to you hear Mark call Lucas "Dad?"

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 episode.  Thanks Shawn!
Shawn Rifle page - pilot

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!

'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 Sharpshooter''Home Ranch'
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!

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!

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!

'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!  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!

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!

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!

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' and 'The Sheridan Story' you can see the matching buckles.  Thanks Ann Marie!

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!

'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.

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

Shirt & pillow 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 more so supporting his neck.  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!

'Horsehead Hitch Ornament' — In 'The Marshal' you can see a 'Horsehead Hitch Ornament' - In 'The Deadly Wait' and several other episodes there is no 'Horsehead Hitch Ornament.'  Cowgirl!
'The Jailbird' I just had to show you guys what I found at the Hardware Store in North Fork..... The 'Horsehead Hitch Ornament' that was seen outside of the church in an earlier episode (see above). Now we know what happened to it!  cowgirl!

'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 #5when 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!

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!

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 Races. Thanks markisddg & Western Gal!

'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!

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!

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!

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!
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 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!

'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!

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!

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 Races. Thanks markisddg & Western Gal!

'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!

'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!

"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 Lou!

Camera 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!

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!

'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!

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!

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!

'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!

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' & 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 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 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!  Thank markisddg!

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!

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!

'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!

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!

'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!

'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!

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!

Did you know that Lawrence Dobkin played General Phil Sheridan in both "The Rifleman" and "Cheyenne?"
In "Cheyenne" he played General Phil Sheridan in 'Gold, Glory, and Custer.'  This time he is presiding officer at a court martial hearing involving Custer's Last Stand.
 
Thanks PJH!

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!

'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 picture on the left is from 'The Retired Gun' episode #17.  The picture on the right is from 'The Coward' episode #53.  But yet in 'The Martinet' episode #83 — In the part where Lucas  is confronted by Captain Perry and Lucas gets on his horse and tells Micah, "You better try and talk some sense into him Micah." 
The sign on the building behind him reads "Feed and Grain - Wes Carney - Prop." 
Wes and Clare Carney moved out of North Fork back in  'The Retired Gun' 

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

Buttoned or unbuttoned 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.  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!

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!

'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?  See what you think, here is the video Photographer

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!

'Shivaree' episode #19 — 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!

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!

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!

'The Dead-eye 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 Indian' episode #21 and 'Conflict' episode #155 — Margie, 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! 

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

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 churches Cowgirl!

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!

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.  
How would you know who was coming to dinner unless you had to make reservations?
  Cowgirl!

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!

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!

'The Second Witness' episode #23 — 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....."

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!

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

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.!

'One Went to Denver' episode #25 — 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!

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!

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.

We have two different newspaper offices in "The Rifleman" - 'The North Fork Weekly' & 'North Fork Eagle.'  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!

'The Deadly Wait' episode #26 Dan Maury is in front of this building called "North Fork Eagle?"  Cowgirl!
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!

'Horsehead Hitch Ornament' — In 'The Marshal' you can see a 'Horsehead Hitch Ornament' - In 'The Deadly Wait' and several other episodes there is no 'Horsehead Hitch Ornament.'  Cowgirl!
'The Jailbird' I just had to show you guys what I found at the Hardware Store in North Fork..... The 'Horsehead 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!

'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, 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!

'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!

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!

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 #29When 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 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?  Cowgirl!
Mark mounted his horse from the right side.

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!

'The Three Legged Terror' episode #30 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 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!

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!

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!

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!

'The Angry Man' episode #31There 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!

We have our first sighting of "Spike" aka Old Spike.  Cowgirl!

'The Woman' episode #32Check 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!

'The Money Gun' episode# 33Did 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 the bars on The Marshal's office windows & door / 'Man from Salinas' episode #130—No bars  Cowgirl!

The 'Marshal's Office' - 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!

'The Money Gun' — 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!

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 Boarding House' episode #22 & 'The Money Gun' episode #33.  I think they used file footage from  'The Boarding House' and added it to 'The Money Gun.'  Although I could not capture the exact frame, I'm sure these both came from 'The Boarding House.'  Cowgirl!

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!

'A Matter of Faith' episode #34When 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!

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!

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!

'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!

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!

'Stranger at Night' episode #36When 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. Cowgirl!

'The Raid' episode #37 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.  I replayed it a few times because I thought I was seeing things. 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. 

'The Raid' 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 Rifleman."  Cowgirl!

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!

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!

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

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 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!

'Boomerang' episode #39When 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!

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

'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!

Episodes 41 thru 76 — Season 2
Episodes 77 thru 110 — Season 3
Episodes 111 thru 142 — Season 4
Episodes 143 thru 168 — Season 5
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