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!

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

'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!

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

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

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

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

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

'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!

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

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

Matching belt buckles After fixing Will’s leg, Lucas and Mark go outside. You can see they have matching belt buckles! So cute! They also wore matching buckles in a few other episodes..... 'The Marshal' - 'The Pet' 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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 moreso supporting his neck. Additionally, that white pillow in the profile shot doesn’t look like it has a pillow case over it—you can see the “seam” (edge) of the pillow too easily. Obviously there’s a case over it in the front shot—the excess of the case is hanging over and around his left shoulder. Also, one last thing. Look at the photo on the left. We can’t see any part of his right shoulder or arm. So he must’ve been sitting completely differently (awkwardly) as well. Thanks Ann Marie!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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!

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

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

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

'The Brother-in law' episode # 5 — Lucas gave Johnny a black eye within days of the big bronco ride. When they show him before the ride the black eye is gone. Them Cowboys sure heal fast!  Thanks Mark!
Lucas is breaking in the new horse and during the ride his hat falls off and pops right back on during the breaking in. Thanks Mee! 

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

I wanted to let you know that you finally ended a mystery for us re: someone we noticed years ago on "The Big Valley" (my real passion) who appeared continuously in nonspeaking, character type roles. He is one of the main reasons, other than the producers, who made us realize that these two shows were intertwined, but we just couldn't find any information on him. The Virtual Valley site, which I've been on for years, hasn't picked up on him yet, at least I've never found any info.  We were so glad to find him on your site and wanted to write to you sooner about Archie Butler. We enjoy looking for him and really get a bang how they often have him in two shots in the same scene. For instance, in 'The Brother-in-law' episode #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!
There are two cars that travel behind Johnny Gibbs in the opening scene. (The one that Pete and Rob found is #2.) The first one is just a little bit before, as the music swells and we only see it for a second.  This is while Johnny is pointing the gun at the men. In that brief second, you do see it move—so it has to be a different car filmed at a different time while the sun was at a different angle because the reflection is significantly brighter.  While Johnny is talking to the men, the second car starts at exactly the same point #1 did. But the reflection isn’t so bright.
Thanks Ann Marie!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

'Eight Hours to Die' — 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?

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

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

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

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

'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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucas' Hat — When Lucas is talking to Mark about putting his money in the bank, look at Lucas’ hat. Part of the leather band’s tie to the front of his hat. Cowgirl!
After Lucas walks over to meet Judge Hanavan  riding up, look at Lucas’ hat. Part of the leather band’s tie is hanging over the left edge. This is the only time in the whole series I noticed it with his hat. Thanks Ann Marie!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The fight at the end of this episode you see Jeremy Ashford gets shot in the back. And then he gets up and holds his shoulder ... a bit. And then he goes home as if nothing had happened.
These were really tough guys back then. 
Thanks Kira!  While researching this I noticed when
Jeremy Ashford first got shot, when he went down the slope, you see no wound.  Cowgirl!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reed Whip 'The Pet'/'The Apprentice Sheriff' This is one of the few episodes where the McCain buckboard has a reed whip standing up in the front. Cowgirl!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

'The 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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!

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

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

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

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

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

'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!

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

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

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

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

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

'The 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!

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

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

'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