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'Waste' part 1 episode #143 ― They're so lost they don't even know if they're in Old Mexico or New Mexico. That's pretty lost. So how come all of a sudden when Lucas is going to send Mark for help he knows EXACTLY how Mark can get home ~ the North Star. With all the life and death drama that was going on ~ and with all Mark's questions, when did Lucas have time to figure that out or did he have the idea tucked away the whole time? Thanks Rhiannon!
After Micah goes up the hill to see what he can see and Lucas and Mark follow the trail...when they come back Mark goes up the hill in search of Micah and Lucas finds Micah's hat with a fresh blood stain. How could his hat be there on the trail when Micah went up the hill and probably got assaulted up there. Also why didn't he have a head injury according to Mark they "cut him up something awful." Thanks markisddg!
Lucas, Micah and Mark found refuge in an old saloon, right. There is a back door and a front door. The front door however is locked on the inside. Mark is told to look out the back door to see if they are coming. They show Mark opening the door and looking forward out into the street and sees them out there. Then later Lucas is looking out the peephole towards the front of the building and out into the street. Thanks markisddg!
Also when Lucas goes out the back door later to get Micah whiskey when he comes back it looks like he's walking across the street from the front of the saloon. But enters the back door. Anyone see what I mean? Thanks markisddg!
Three Banditos ― When the three banditos are coming Lucas sees them first cutting across the street he tells Mark to get into position for the lantern lighting. When the two banditos knock off the bottles and open the door behind them is a wooden wall like they are in a hallway. But earlier Mark opened that same door and looked out right into the outside. How do we explain that. Thanks markisddg!
Micah was talking to Mark about his mother. Mark says he doesn't remember much because he was only 3 at the time. In 'The Vision' Lucas says..... "the year she died, you were six." Cowgirl!
Lucas tells Mark not to go the ranch...go right into town, and find Judge Hanavan and to tell him what happened. The Judge has not been seen since 'The Photographer' - episode #18 and never seen again. But then who else would he tell Mark to get? Nils, Sweeney, Eddie? Was there any mention of any other judge in this episodes except for Judge Hopkins in 'The Bullet?' I always like the character of Judge Hanavan and wished we would had seen more of him. Cowgirl!
In 'Six Years and a Day' Lucas has a pregnant woman at the house and says they need a doctor or at least a midwife because he has no clue how to deliver a baby. He has to sober up the doctor so he can do it. Lucas doesn't even try.
In 'Waste' Lucas nonchalantly walks over to the pregnant woman and delivers the baby like he's done it all his life. Question: Did Lucas take a midwife's course in birthing? Thanks markisddg!
Lost ― Right at the beginning, look at the scenery around Lucas, Mark, and Micah. It is hilly with tall grass. But the view from their vantage point is more desolate, more desert-like, and flatter for the most part. Then a little bit later they show another view from their perspective. It differs vastly from the first! It looks like the land around the McCain ranch! Short grass, hilly, and with trees scattered about. So it’s very funny when they say they don’t know where they are—and show that second bit of scenery. If that doesn’t look familiar, they are REALLY in trouble!! Thanks Ann Marie!
'Lou Mallory' episode #145 ― I'd like you to meet the "Jackmans" - The Jackman's characters appeared in these two episodes, but check out the pictures of the Jackman brothers, they had changed. Pa Jackman is still played by Peter Whitney & Halsam Jackman played by Conlan Carter. Love that Peter Whitney! He sure was one of the greatest character actors. The Rifleman sure had it's share of them character actors! Cowgirl!
Lucas & Lou were to meet the next day to finalize their business deal for Milly's, General Store. Lucas goes looking for Lou when she's no where to be found. When he first goes into the hotel, notice how he slowing approaches and peeks thru the curtains, not the day before when he just entered them, catching Lou in her arms before she fell. But when he comes back with Micah to look again for Lou the curtains are partially opened. Cowgirl!
The hotel sure has change throughout the episodes. And where Eddie had billiard tables Lou had a bar & a dining area. Cowgirl!
This script for 'Lou Mallory' was originally named 'Ellen O'Toole'. Cowgirl!
FYI― "Madera" is the name of a city in the San Joaquin Valley & "North Fork" is the name of a town in the nearby Sierra Nevada foothills.
The late screenwriter/director Sam Peckinpah & grew up in the Valley & used those names in many of the TV shows & movies he wrote. Also, Peckinpah's family ranch was called The Dunlap Ranch same as in 'Home Ranch'.
The McCains' buckboard is a double seater! We see another double-seater buckboard in 'Lou Mallory', as belonging to the Jackmansā€™, as Lou is being escorted to their spread.
This is the only two times in the series that we see a double-seater buckboard used. Or that they turned the usual buckboard into a double-seater. Which is probably the case. Thanks Ann Marie!
Lucas takes a tumble ― As Lucas started towards the barn. Moss ran towards Lucas and jumped on his back. Lucas rolled him right off. Moss fell to the ground. This is the picture on the left. You can clearly see this in not Lucas, buy the way he moves, and the back of his head. His Jeans are also darker and there is something in his right back pocket. The scene switches to Halsam and then to Lucas. (right) Cowgirl!
The scene on the left is when the Jackmans kidnap Lou. The scene on the right is after Lou is left out of the barn. Notice her blouse is buttoned in the left picture, but unbuttoned in the right picture. Is this a blooper or did Lou just get hot, she is pretty sweaty when she comes out of the barn. Cowgirl!
Camera Angle ― When Lucas tells the Jackmans to bring the "cow"¯ out of the barn, the camera angle switches between front and back views of Lucas. The angles that he's holding his rifle are different. Thanks Ann Marie!
In the photo on the right, Lucas should still be pointing the rifle at Hazlam. Thanks Ann Marie!
'Quiet Night, Deadly Night' episode #146 ― Just saw the episode with Ed Ames. When Nils is playing checkers with Mark, he calls him "John". Thanks Jon!
The stage arrived in North Fork after "two days" of hard traveling from Denver. Well, Denver to the New Mexico line is right at 200 miles. From geographic clues in other episodes, North Fork seems to be closer to Mexico than to Colorado. That stage coach must have been flying!!! I think that a reasonable pace for a stage coach would be 6-8 miles an hour. Allowing for a 10 hour travel day, 60-80 miles a day would have been reasonable. (The Butterfield Overland Stage did about 2800 miles in about 25 days, but they were the fastest, or one of the fastest, lines- - even assuming that the Denver to North Fork stage went just as fast, it still barely had time to reach the New Mexico line. Thanks Renewed Fan!
How about the part where Lou demands that Coyle, the gunslinger, pay for his whiskey. He throws a coin right at her face. Lucas snatches it right out of the air. "Good catch, Cowboy!" Cowgirl!
And how about the part where Nils was going to offer Mark a drink? "Would you like―can I get you a drink of water or something?" Asked Nils. Cowgirl!
Anyway when the stage pulls up to the hotel in 'Quiet Night, Deadly Night' the driver says they need a doctor one of the passengers is sick. There are only 3 passengers Molly, Betty and Lee Coyle but they are all sitting together on one side of the stage coach when there was plenty of room on the opposite side. If she was so sick why didn't Coyle move to the other side. Thanks markisddg!
When Lucas is talking to Mark from the hotel door the wide shot shows that Mark's hair is down on his forehead but when they do the tight shot his hair is all combed back under his hat. I guess it was the way they edited it. Thanks markisddg!
Contaminated Blankets ― When Lou comes towards Coyle holding the "contaminated blankets" they show her holding them and the next shot the blankets in her arms are totally different looking. It was so obvious! Thanks markisddg!
Camera - After Lucas helps get Betty set on the hotel's couch, his left sleeve can be seen in the foreground. He just stayed there. Then they cut to the Doc Burrage, Mark, and the townspeople gathered around the hotel's front entrance. When they cut back to inside the hotel, the shot is all set up the same, but Lucas has moved out of the frame. When the camera pans a bit to the right, we see Lucas is at Betty's side. (I'm all about visual stuff like this. It would have been a smoother transition to have Lucas move out of the frame before they cut to the shot by the door.) Thanks Ann Marie!
'Quiet Night, Deadly Night': Despite the title, not one scene occurs at night! Thanks Ann Marie!
When Lee Coyle says, "All right, doc, you can take care of the girl",¯ there's a boom mike shadow on the top part of the wall, moving right to left, as he walks toward everyone else. Thanks Ann Marie!
After Dr. Burrage helps Lucas into the chair, every time we see Lucas, his hat is tipped back a bit. It doesn't matter from which camera's angle. But after Lee Coyle says to Lucas, "You stay right where you are,"¯ when we see Lucas from the front, his hat is straight and even on his head. But in the shots where we see Lucas in profile, the hat is still tipped back. The proof that his hat has moved is the bump on his forehead. Earlier in the scene, it's clearly visible, even from a distance. But later, you can't see it anymore, even in the close up shots. Both the hat and shadow cast by the hat onto his forehead are covering it. Thanks Ann Marie!
'Death Never Rides Alone' episode #147 ― Micah is pouring himself a cup of coffee. The coffee is clear and looks like water. (You have to watch this episode to get the full effect of this.) Thanks Dee!
About 7 minutes in - Drago goes into the bar, gets a drink, and sits down - Sweeney is talking to one man standing at the bar, and there are about 4 others seated. The door flies open and a couple of cowhands enter - but suddenly the bar is very crowded with people who seem to have mysteriously materialized out of thin air. Thanks Renewed Fan!
Pot Belly Stove ― Take a look a the picture on the left ― The pot belly stove is in the corner. The picture on the wall is to the left of the stove - our right - and it has a light above it. Take a look a the photo on the right ― The pot belly stove is up further, not in the same corner. Also the picture is to the left - our right - of the stove & no light above it. One more thing - The pictures on the wall in the background are different. Cowgirl!
Window Sash Lock ― Notice the window sash lock window sash lock. I don't think the one pictured would have been on a window in the late 1800's. The one in the show probably wouldn't be around until the mid 20th century.
You also can see this window sash lock in 'The Assailants' Did they use the same room for both scenes at the hotel? Cowgirl!
After the guy took Mark's horse and they backed down from the gunfight and rode away, did he ride off on Blueboy or had they switched horses and put Blueboy back in the livery? Thanks Gloria!
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!
Saloon Tables ― When Sweeney is talking to the townsman in the saloon during the nighttime ― and Johnny Drako walks in ― there is a rectangular table right behind the townsman. Sweeney abruptly ends his conversation with the townsperson ― since he was talking about Drako ― and turns around to serve to the two men seated at that rectangular table. In all the subsequent saloon scenes, we don't see that rectangular table again. Thanks Ann Marie!
Notice how much smaller Johnny Drako's table is. It's okay for drinking, but not playing poker! Thanks Ann Marie!
'I Take this Woman' episode #148 ― Who took the first punch? In this episode we see a great fight scene between Lucas McCain/Chuck Connors and Dennis O'Flarrety/Sean McClory. Who really did this scene? We know it wasn't Chuck or Sean, so who was it? Fritz Ford ― Stuntman was Chuck's double in this episode and George Robotham ―Stuntman. Doubled for Sean McClory in this episode. Cowgirl!
Poor Razor.....did you see him in the background when Lucas knocked Dennis out of the window in to the street? He got spooked and ran off. I wonder if he went back to the McCain Ranch. It looked like Lucas might have tied Razor up outside of the hotel.....now that's a no.....no, Lucas! Remember what Lou told Lucas about that in the episode, Lou Mallory? Cowgirl!
In this episode we see a great fight scene between Lucas McCain/Chuck Connors and Dennis O'Flarrety/Sean McClory. Who really did this scene? We know Chuck or Sean didn't do this whole scene, so who was it? Cowgirl!
If you pay attention to the candles in the candelabra at the end of the counter in the hotel's bar, you will notice that different ones are crooked in different scenes. Thanks Ann Marie!
While Lucas and Mark are eating dinner, discussing whether Lou still had an obligation to marry Dennis or not, watch the bedroom door in the background. During the camera shot while you can see the edge of the window, the bedroom door is closed. When you can't see the window anymore, the bedroom door is open. Look during the close ups of Mark to compare. Thanks Ann Marie!
What does 'A Young Man's Fancy' episode #128 & 'I Take this Woman' episode #148 have in common?
In these two episodes we see the McCain's kitchen table right by the window. The table & chairs usually sets in the middle of the room. But in these two episodes the McCain's have company, and for some reason they set in front of the window. Also in both of these scenes you can see the kitchen table in the background. This is usually where Lucas's chair & lamp sets. Look in the background of both pictures you can see their table & chairs. Did you take a look at the hutch also in the background? They are both different. The hutch on the left is bigger & no curtains. It also looks like the wall fixtures are also different along with the stuff in the hutches. Cowgirl!
'The Assailant' episode #149 ― Did you notice that when Nils enters Micah office to attend the Cattlemen Association's Meeting, he closes the door behind him (camera angle, outside). Then when Nils is taking his seat and Lucas is addressing the members, the door is wide open (camera angle, inside). Thanks Deanne Bertram!
Did you notice......Lucas tells Mark to bring the buckboard around to the Marshal's office then Lucas goes and talks to Micah. Lucas makes a decision to take a few men and go out to meet the senator. In the meantime Mark brings around the buckboard and stops in front of the telegraph office where Micah is being detained. Lucas never told Mark he was leaving town....I guess it was one time he forgot about his son after all when Lucas left he had no idea the town was being taken over by the assailants. Thanks markisddg!
Window Sash Lock ― In the beginning when the lieutenant is looking out the hotel window at the street contemplating the assassination plot, I noticed the window sash lock. I don't think the one pictured would have been on a window in the late 1800's. In fact from images of sash locks I've seen on line, the one in the show probably wouldn't be around until the mid 20th century. Thanks erlybrd52! You also can see this window sash lock in 'Death Never Rides Alone.' Did they use the same room for both scenes at the hotel? Cowgirl!
On the Mallory House sign there's a welcome banner reading "Welcome Senator Borden" but in the credits the Senator's last name is spelled "Bordon." Thanks Ava's daughter!
Hotel window ― While Mark was up in front of the soldiers' hotel room window, there's three different angles of him without ever seeing him move into those positions. First he's facing the window, then facing the street, then facing the window. Thanks Ann Marie!
Mark shatters one of the hotel's window panes with his slingshot. (Hope Lou didn't get angry with him later.) Part of the glass remains in the window frame. But then the Gatling gun takes care of the remaining glass. When the camera angle changes to the soldier's viewpoint shooting out the window ― how come the window ― glass appears intact? Thanks Ann Marie!
'Mark's Rifle' episode #150 ― New Merchants in North Fork? While Lucas waits in the Livery Stable to see if Marty will try to grab his horse and leave town. We see a scene of nighttime outside the Livery. Two signs are visible. One says Joe Calhoun, M.D. The other says Culver's Livery Stable- Stanley Culver, Prop.
'The Blowout' episode #43 ― We see this night scene/sign of Joe Calhoun, M.D. We also see it in 'The Guilty Conscience' - episode #137. Cowgirl!
In 'Conflict' Lou tells Lucas she was wearing a new dress. She worn the same dress in an earlier episode - 'Mark's Rifle' Cowgirl!
Remember the part where Lucas and Lou get back to the hotel and Lucas told Lou he had never seen her look prettier then she did that night as he took a piece of straw from her hair? In Chuck's book....."The Man Behind the Rifle" by David Fury, there is a part something like this, I wonder if this episode and the quotation in the book go together? "One time we we're walking in, and we knew we'd been out in the wagon − so Chuck sprinkled hay all over me, and he was picking it out of my hair as we came in! And we were carrying our shoes, which sort of told everyone what we were out doing! And that was the way Chuck was, he would do things on the spur of the moment − and it was always with the movement, and the interplay in the scene. He was just wonderful to work with," said Patricia Blair. Cowgirl!
Bullet Hole ― Watch were the bullet hole appears that Lucas shoots through the hotel door. Now look at the hole from the other side when Lucas opens it. The hole appears much lower in the door. Lucas was kneeling when he shot so if anything the hole should be higher not lower. Thanks Pete!
When Lou had come back from a "date" with Lucas in 'Mark's Rifle' she opens the door to the hotel and it wasn't locked. Why wouldn't she have someone at the front desk even a watchman? Weren't hotels open all night in case someone rides in and needs a room or if a customer needs something like "milk." Why was it dark in the lobby? Even if she closes the place at night wouldn't the front doors be locked. I think that was a real blunder. Thanks markisddg!
When Marty is at the front desk asking her to have dinner with him and then asks her to change a fifty....Lou bends down by the safe and shows Marty while she opens it. She practically shows him the combination. What a dumb place for a safe and doesn't she know enough to open the safe privately? You can see he is checking out the combination. Thanks markisddg!
I wondered about the hotel being closed up and dark. I can see locking the door at a certain time if there was a bell to ring outside in case someone needed a room late or some kind of system. Otherwise, it seems like the lights would be on and there would be a person at the desk or around close by. Did Lou take off with Lucas and leave no one in charge of the hotel? Thanks TVFan!
If you look at the bills Lou gets out of the safe, they are all $10. When she counts them back to him, she starts out in tens but switches to fives at the end. Thanks TVFan!
Remember in 'The Photographer' and 'The Surveyors', Mark and Lucas had different opinions there too, and Mark was the one who was right.
The McCain Ranch Bridge ― 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!
The footage of the bottles being shot off the tree trunk during Lucasā€™ and Jeremy Pennebrokeā€™s shooting ('The Sporting Chance') exhibition was later used in 'Mark's Rifle' and 'The Guest'.
'Tin Horn' episode #134 ― When Lucas comes home, Mark opens the bedroom door and pauses, with his hand on the doorknob. Then he walks into the main room. Notice how the door swings out into the main room? Every other time before, I believe it swung the other way, into the bedroom. Also, in 'Mark's Rifle', the door is open, and it's also swung out to the main room. When Lucas and Mark are discussing Marty's credibility over dinner. Thanks Ann Marie!
At the beginning, Mark says to Lucas, "I've been asking you an awful long time now..would you let me have a rifle?"¯ It was just the episode before ('The Assailants') that he started asking! Thanks Ann Marie!
When Marty begins his advertisement for the circus in the street, Lucas and Mark join the crowd. Mark gets in the second row right next to a lady. When the camera angle changes and we see Mark from behind, a boy is standing next to Mark. There's a lot of space in between them too. Thanks Ann Marie!
The footage of the bottles being shot off the tree trunk during Lucas' and Jeremy Pennebroke's shooting ('The Sporting Chance') exhibition was later used in 'Mark's Rifle' and 'The Guest'. Thanks Ann Marie!
In 'Mark's Rifle', there are two major discrepancies/inconsistencies, which inadvertently end up mocking the series first two landmark episodes: Mark says that 1. - he never shot a rifle before (and yet he says that he is able to shoot his pa's rifle in 'The Sharpshooter'!!! making it clear that his pa taught him to shoot way before Marty ever got into the picture), and 2. - he admires Marty for being not much older than himself and yet is "all on his own... able to do what he wants, able to take care of himself, and go where he wants" (but he was already doing all this in 'Home Ranch' at age 10 !!!! - as well as throughout the first season +, and again in 'The Wyoming Story' at age 12 - not to mention sternly insisting on taking care of his pa when he got shot down in 'The Marshal' and other times throughout the series). It's as if this one mediocre storyline strives to wipe out in one fell swoop the series two shining foundation episodes, which all the others are supposed to be based on. (Right up there with trying to change the age Mark was when his ma died - What?!). Go figure. Thanks Shilohbloo!
'The Most Amazing Man' episode #151 ― How about Mark's composition? When Wade first looks at the composition the title 'The Most Amazing Man' by Mark McCain is written in the middle of the paper using 3 lines with an A+ towards the middle. However minutes later when it's on the table in Wade's room it's a whole different format. The title is written right across the top line and Mark McCain is over at the right with the A+ at the far left. Like they had two different copies. Thanks markisddg!
Or am I confused? Lucas is in the dining room. Lou comes in and says "Good Morning, Lucas." Then Mark walks in, apparently just coming in from school to show Lucas his first A+ (Which from what I heard of the composition definitely didn't deserve an A or a B or a 14 year old kid!!!)
After Randall's speech, it's apparently supper time. So, apparently Lou was confused about what time it was...Thanks Michelle Palmer!
Wade Randall aka Orley Fudd, told Lucas....."He didn't want to bleed to death on a street in North Fork." Isn't that what his character, Tip Corey did in 'Two Ounces of Tin?'
If Sammy didn't use the blanks Lucas gave him, he would have given Lucas back at least 12 bullets and 12 45 's is a handful. Not just a few as he made out when he handed them over. Thanks Bob!
I liked what Mark said about Wade....."He carries a coat of right and wrong inside of him." (That phrase makes you feel good.)
Also Wade has been drinking heavily when Lucas goes up to see him in the room and he is swaying and can't walk indicating very drunk. So how come the next morning he is bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready for a huge breakfast. I know he's happy about the plan but still in reality he would be still pretty hung over despite Lucas pouring water over his head. Thanks markisddg!
Lou told Mark that Lucas said to go ahead and have breakfast without him. So why, just a few seconds later, would Mark ask Wade Randall to join him and Lucas for breakfast? I guess Mark wasn't awake yet! Thanks Ann Marie!
Did anyone else notice that twice Wade drew both guns at the same time and presumably fired them, and in the next view is seen only holstering one gun? Thanks Western Gal for this page of bloopers!
Is this really North Fork? Well.....Half of the town is North Fork and the other half of the town is not. Here we see a some familiar buildings..... Cowgirl!
In 'Squeeze Play' episode #152 ― near the end, Mark is locked up by the baddies. When Lucas lets him out, it's from a tiny shed built onto the side of the house or barn. It is clearly an outhouse, with moon on the door and all. I'm sorry I didn't make note of this blooper, was this you?
In the scene where Carver puts Mark in the shed, take a close look, Mark has a shirt on.....no jacket. In the shed when he's pounding on the door he has a denim jacket on, he even looks somewhat younger on the left then he does on the right. Thanks Pete!
When Prescott gives Lucas an envelope with bribe money out on the range Mark is long gone in the buckboard looking over the fence. Later on the front porch Mark asks Lucas how much money was in the envelope that Prescott offered him. (How did he know about an envelope?) Did they discuss it at dinner? Thanks markisddg!
Lucas walks into the hotel. They never show whether or not he stops at the desk to get Prescott's room number. But when Prescott opens the door to his room there is no number. How did Lucas know which room was Prescott's? Cowgirl!
The scenery shot of the McCain land at night from Lucas and Mark's vantage point is really pretty. The only problem is it's taken from the viewpoint of someone standing on the porch. (The roof in the top portion of the shot gives it away.) For the roof to be in their sightline while sitting on the porch and looking straight ahead, it'd have to be a very short house! And that isn't how the McCain porch beams look. So where was this footage taken? And how did the land actually look while standing (or sitting) on the porch? Did we ever actually see it in the series? The bridge and the hills that we do see in some episodes ― that would have been to their left and behind them while on the porch. Thanks Ann Marie!
The footage of Lucas riding in town originally appeared in 'Squeeze Play' and is again seen in 'Conflict' & 'End of the Hunt'. 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!
Is this really North Fork? Well.....Half of the town is North Fork and the other half of the town is not. Cowgirl!
'Gun Shy' episode #153 ― Watch the scene where Mark and Fred are struggling for the rifle, and accidentally shoot Charlie - the muzzle of the gun is not pointed anywhere near Charlie when you hear the shot - but Charlie falls down anyway. Thanks Renewed Fan!
Remember in 'The Assailants,' Lucas & Mark didn't care for Lou's apple pie. She must have been experimenting, trying to get it right. And who would be the best person to test any apple pie, but Mark? Cowgirl!
Everybody liked Lou's dress. Mark, Lucas and Vantine. Vantine liked it more then the others, he mentioned it twice. Cowgirl!
Did you notice when Lucas rode into town looking for Mark that he had a shirt on but no jacket. But when he walks into the hotel he had a denim jacket on. This looks like film file from 'The Anvil Chorus'. Cowgirl!
Mark is in room #5. When Lucas asked for the key Lou says there is no lock on the door! Why would there be no lock on the door to the hotel room? Cowgirl!
Did you notice where Lou kept the ham? Cowgirl!
Lucas & Mark's rifle - side by side. Cowgirl!
After Charlie is shot, Mark and Fred are standing by the hitching post in front of the house. When the angle switches to show them from the front, we only see the painted scenery behind them. No part of the house. Thanks Ann Marie!
During the father/son talk at home, Lucas first has the rifle perched on his thigh. Then he lifts it to hold it with both hands. He tells Mark to come to him. Then the angle switches to show Mark, and the rifle is still on Lucas' thigh. Thanks Ann Marie!
Mark left his long johns on the kitchen table and went to bed, what will he wear to bed? Blooper? I wonder if he had a second pair or maybe he would....naw that wouldn't be wholesome. Thanks Markisddg!
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!
'The Anvil Chorus' episode #154 ― The wanted guy on the poster is called Karl Platt but in the credits his name is Cory Platt? Thanks Markisddg!
Lamp Post ―” In 'The Clarence Bibs Story' #104 there is no lamp post. In the 'Anvil Chorus' #154 you can see Nils hanging up the 'no guns' sign on a lamp post outside of the Marshal's Office. In 'The Sidewinder' #158 there is no lamp post. Not only does the lamp post keeps moving, the hitching post does also!
'The Anvil Chorus' ― recycled ideas from so many older episodes:
(a) No one can carry guns on the street - 'The Day the Town Slept'
(b) Mark and another are held overnight by outlaws, so that a bank robbery can be carried out in the morning -- 'Sheer Terror'
(c) Nils calls someone "Lucas" to tip them off that something is wrong - - Micah called Mark "Nils" in 'The Assailants'.
And, one last comment - Did I actually hear Nils call Lucas "Lucasboy"?? Thanks Renewed Fan!
"The man behind that gun could take the head off a pop weed at 50 yards."
'The Conflict' episode #155 ― After Lucas speaks to Micah, he actually mounted his horse from the right side! Not often seen!
In the episode they show an alarm clock. Can you give me a little history on it and is about when this alarm clock is dated? Alarm clocks have been around for a LONG time. There was a medieval water powered alarm clock that monks used to wake up to pray (no kidding!). It was a container of water that slowly dripped into a second, lower container. When the water level of the second container reached a certain level, a floating piece of wood tripped a release latch, which caused a tightly round spindle to unwind, striking a bell repeatedly as it did so. Rube Goldberg would have been very proud of this device, but it actually worked! Inventors had been working on mechanical alarm clocks from the 1500's onward. By the late 1700's, they had clocks that worked pretty well, but were very bulky. In 1876, Seth Thomas patented the first small bedside alarm clock - and by the time that the Rifleman is set (early 1880s) these would have been very common. Thanks Renewed Fan!
In the video you can see Chuck's foot swing around as he dismounts. It's much more obvious when you see it in action. Thanks TVFan!
In the scene just after Lucas tries to have a shootout in the street, he mounts his horse from the right side (which has been mentioned before) and rides away. Then Micah and Lou talk in front of the hotel. The funny thing is that Lucas doesn't quite manage to get all the way out of the shot. In the video you can see Chuck's foot swing around as he dismounts. It's much more obvious when you see it in action. Thanks TVFan!
Don't you just like it when Mark explains he walked away from the horses to that location because of the shade, and he was still in the full sun???Thanks Deanne!
Lucas wasn't wearing his wedding ring any longer. Have you noticed it before now? Chuck wore a wedding ring in the first few seasons, but we noticed he didn't wear one in the last couple of seasons. We are assuming he took it off when he was divorced from his first wife. But we don't really know. He just wasn't wearing a ring anymore. In one of the early shows 'The Vision' Mark tells his "mother" that his father still wears his ring.
"If you would have been shooting target practice you wouldn't have been so riled," said Micah. "I keep seeing that cat leaping at Mark's throat instead of running away." "If that had happened....." Micah interrupted Lucas....."'If' is a troublesome word." Cowgirl!
Rhodes Reason as *Ben Todd/Ben Kendrick. He was the one who Lucas threw out of Lou's hotel. Lou calls him Ben Todd and the credits say he is Ben Kendrick????? He is the younger brother of Rex Reason. (Man Without a Gun and The Roaring 20's) Cowgirl!
The Opening Scene in 'Conflict' (file footage), when Lucas and Mark are riding down the trail, before they stop their horses, dismount and examine the cougar track was used again, just two episodes later in 'Suspicion'... Thanks Michelle Palmer!
After Lucas runs up to Mark and scolds him for not listening, he holds up the rifle and looks at it, and plain as day, the adjustment screw is missing from the lever. Thanks Bob!
File Footage ― After Lucas is still disturbed about missing the cougar, he tells Mark he's going into town to see the gunsmith. They showed the footage of him riding down the shady lane from 'Eight Hours To Die' again. Thanks Ann Marie!
As Lucas open the door you can see banister/fencing on the porch. In most of the episodes I've seen there is no banister/fencing on the porch. Cowgirl!
When Lucas is having trouble getting to sleep, we see that his head is close to the right side of the frame. Mark is sleeping in the opposite direction. His head is close to the left side of the frame. But when Mark is awakened the next morning by Lucas' gunshots, he focuses on Lucas pillow. While Mark is sitting on his bed, Lucas' pillow is almost directly in front of him. It's not in front of and to the left of him. Lucas' pillow should have been on the opposite end of his bed the next morning. That's how he was positioned in the previous scene. Thanks Ann Marie!
There were four episodes where they reused the footage from 'Eight Hours To Die' ― the part where Lucas rides down the shady lane to find Mark and Judge Burton. First, we see it in 'The Pet', after Haskins made himself at home in the McCain's' house. The next time is Season 4 ― '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!
You also can see Lucas & Mark just sitting there on their horses in 'A Friend In Need'. Waiting for their part to come up. After Micah goes out the door, then you see then come riding up rapidly like they just rode into town!!!
'The Indian' ― 'Conflict' and 'The Long Goodbye' ― Remember that 'mullein bush with five pods' that I pointed out to you in 'The Indian' episode #21? Not only does it make a return appearance in 'Conflict' episode #155 ― but they actually re-use that very same shot. Thanks Pete Villafea!
I have found another mullein bush in 'The Long Goodbye', right outside of the McCain house. Or is it? Cowgirl!
Has anyone kept track of how many times they have used the same rock scene they use in 'The Conflict' episode #155? I can think of two other times, but I'm sure there have been more, 'Suspicion' & 'First wages'? Thanks MilVC!
Lou tells Lucas she was wearing a new dress. She worn the same dress in an earlier episode - 'Mark's Rifle' Cowgirl!
The footage of Lucas riding in town originally appeared in 'Squeeze Play' and is again seen in 'Conflict' & 'End of the Hunt'. Thanks Ann Marie!
'Incident at Line Shack Six' episode #156 ― Jeb ― Davey and Vale Croton.
When Lucas and Micah go talk to Gangling, compare how different Lucas. shirt looks when he's inside to when he exits. Thanks Ann Marie!
Gangling and his men collect Johnny from the McCain barn. Then Gangling pays Lucas for the cattle he delivered. If you put Gangling tossing the coins to Lucas in slow motion, you can see that Lucas dropped at least one of the coins. Like maybe it passed through his fingers. Thanks Ann Marie!
'Suspicion' episode #157 ― Lucas dismounted from the right side ― to hurry and stop Winslow from falling off the ladder he put down the side of the rock. But Winslow ends up falling down anyway, on his own account. Thanks Ann Marie!
When Lucas and Mark are accompanying Winslow into town, North Fork doesn't look like North Fork! Thanks Anne Marie!
As Lucas and Mark are talking at the horse through, there's an odd narrow shadow that goes over the left side of Lucas' bill. It might be a boom mike shadow. Its movement doesn't match when Mark is turning his head. So I don't see how it could be the right side edge of Mark's hat that's casting a shadow onto Lucas' hat. Then there's also an odd shadow on Lucas' left cheek for just a second. Thanks Ann Marie!
When Mark is leaning against the water trough and talking to Lucas, about 10-12 minutes into the episode, he calls the salesman "Quincy." The man's name was actually Quince. Thanks Renewed Fan!
What do you think of Winslow's philosophy....."Better to have more and not need than to have less and want?"
We never did get to see Matt Larson. Twenty dollars for the wheel and Ten for the horse? Go figure!
Kurt says.....I recently saw the Mark Twain episode w/Kevin McCarthy ― 'The Shattered Idol'. Two days later they aired an episode w/McCarthy 'Suspicion' and he appeared to be using the same makeup props from the Twain episode (just darker.) He's dressed in eastern clothing, sitting upon a huge boulder. Thanks Kurt Burgess!
This is not the only episode that a painter visited The Rifleman. What was the other episode and who was the painter? (Hint: He was a painter, but not a sign painter, although he did paint the walls of Micah's office).
The opening scene in 'Conflict' (file footage), when Lucas and Mark are riding down the trail, before they stop their horses, dismount and examine the cougar track was used again, just two episodes later in 'Suspicion'... Thanks Michelle Palmer!
'The Sidewinder' episode #158 ― When Lucas puts the six matches in the hitching post and shoots them to light them, and Gridley Maule (Billy Hughes Jr.) shoots them out, note that they are both shooting right towards the front of a building which is behind the hitching post - oops, hope nobody minded getting their store shot up, or got killed inside it.
According to IMDB Billy Hughes Jr. was probably not yet 14 when this episode was filmed - his gunhandling, at least on film, was impressive for someone of any age and well worth re-watching to pay attention to. When he first confronts Mark McCain at the house, he does a pretty impressive twirl of his revolver and drops it right into the holster; later when he returns to try to force Mark into a duel, he throws a pistol on the ground and orders Mark to "Pick it up or I'll kill you - pick it up!" and as he does so he draws his own gun - if you watch, he's incredibly quick. In the match-shooting scene he also rips off six quick shots from a revolver. Of course they're blanks and aim meant nothing but a revolver is not the simplest gun to fire quickly and reliably. Hughes must have spent quite some time on his own learning gunhandling because he didn't get that good just by rehearsing for TV shows.
I also got a kick out of the fact that he's smoking a cigar while waiting in the house for Lucas to return. I doubt they'd allow that these days even for filming just one scene of a TV show. Unfortunately, the last part of the episode kind of 'jumps the shark' when this young gunslinger suddenly changes from an intense hateful character into a polite young man. All through the episode this pint-sized gunslinger is a powder keg ready to kill people, and a few minutes later he's passing out exploding cigars (but agrees that he himself is too young to smoke now). Thanks rooster davis!
File Footage ― before Lucas realized that Grid is on his way to the ranch he has on a short sleeve shirt. When they show him on the way to the ranch he has on a long sleeve shirt/gloves ― when he gets to the ranch he has short sleeves on again. Sweeney!
'First Wages' and 'The Sidewinder': When Lucas gets on the horse from behind, that style is called a croup mount. The croup is just the part of the horse the rider clears to land in the saddle. There's a nice diagram of a horse on Wikipedia: Rump (animal) - Scroll down to 'horses'¯ - Thanks Ann Marie!
More "W" spottings on the Wrangler Jeans. Lucas walking out of the hotel in 'The Sidewinder.' (You have too look really close for this one, I had to re-size this picture, but you can see it.) Thanks Chipster!
When Mark rode to the north ridge to tell Lucas about Gridley Maule, pulling a gun on him, watch Blueboy! He keeps nudging Mark (Johnny) and all the while Mark's talking he's trying to keep Blueboy in control. Cowgirl!
You won't want to miss rooster's alternate ending to 'Sidewinder'
Lamp Post ― In 'The Clarence Bibs Story' #104 there is no lamp post. In the 'Anvil Chorus' #154 you can see Nils hanging up the 'no guns' sign on a lamp post outside of the Marshal's Office. In 'The Sidewinder' #158 there is no lamp post. Not only does the lamp post keeps moving, the hitching post does also!
'The Sixteenth Cousin' episode #159 ― Mark and Lucas are riding on the first train to North Fork. When you first see the train, it's Denver Western and Rio Grande. When the train pulls out from North Forth, it is an Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe. Thanks Marlon From Clinton!
First Lucas invites the newcomers to join him and Mark for an early dinner. Then after it looks like there might be trouble Lucas tells Mark it has been a long day and Mark agrees and he says he has chores to do early in the morning. Lucas sent him off without any dinner...what was up with that? Thanks Rhody!
Did anyone notice when they were fighting in the street, and the one cowboy was thrown into the building, the whole set moved? I thought maybe the window was going to break or the barrel tip over. Cowgirl!
It's night, but when Micah and Lucas walk into the saloon to tell Gus and Vic to leave North Fork, it's light as day outside. Thanks Michelle!
At the end of 'The Sixteenth Cousin', Mark tells Lucas he is going for his jujitsu lesson, but in the very next episode, 'Hostages to Fortune', Mark fights like a girl. What happened to his jujitsu lessons? Thanks Gloria Fortner!
'Hostages to Fortune' episode #160 ― The Dunlap Ranch/The McCain Ranch/The Russell Ranch/The Bullock Ranch?????
At the end of 'The Sixteenth Cousin', Mark tells Lucas he is going for his jujitsu lesson, but in the very next episode, Hostages to Fortune, Mark fights like a girl. What happened to his jujitsu lessons? Thanks Gloria!
In 'Sixteenth Cousin' Mark and Lucas are seated at the hotel eating dinner. Lucas says Mark was hungry and wanted to eat early. Then in a matter of a few minutes Lucas tells Mark he's had a long day and should go to bed. Mark says he has lots of chores in the morning and disappears upstairs. It was still early so why did they send Mark out of the scene? When they go outside later for the fight it's dark but that's after Hikaru did his praying. Thanks markisddg!
In the scene where Mark is holding a Jack-O-Lantern bucket for his goodies... it is the same as we had as kids -- ours were orange plastic with a black handle -- his looked just like it. I'm sure North Fork didn't have plastics! Thanks Steven in SF!
I Stanford Jolley played Joe Fogner/Bulgutch-according to the credits at the end of this episode his name is Joe Fogner according to IMDB/TV Tome his name is Joe Bulgutch ― In the beginning of this episode Sylvester/Paul Mazursky calls him brother Joe. Sylvester's last name is Bulgutch. But in this episode Mr. Bullock calls him Mr. Fogner????? I would say they are brothers. Cowgirl!
Percy dressed like Mark towards the end of the episode. In what other episode do we see a visitor at the McCain Ranch dressed in Mark's clothes also? Cowgirl!
Mark gets into a fight with Melvin sticking up for Percy. When you see Mark lying on the ground after the fight there is not a 'mark' on him. When he is talking to Percy after the fight then you see some bruises. When they get to the Bullock Ranch Mark has more bruises then before. When Mark gets home there is not a 'mark' on him. Cowgirl!
During the scene where Mark is fighting with one of Percy's taunters, the camera moves from the fight, to Percy watching/cheering on Mark.
The funny thing is, when they show Percy, he is standing in front of a bunch of bushes.. and the "painted" hills. When it goes to Mark/fight, they are clearly outside, and not a bush for a mile and a half... Thanks Dan!
Tony Haig played Percy Bullock Jr. in 'Hostages to Fortune' ― Remember....."A Percy! A Percy?!" I met Tony in 2004 when I went to Tehachapi for Chuck Connors Day. Cowgirl!
'And the Devil Makes Five' episode #161 ― The grave at the end of this episode (left) is suppose to be Scully Potter's grave. They must have used stock footage. You see a hat hanging on it. AND you see a gun and gun belt - - since the criminal was in chains and was under arrest, where did his gun/gun belt come from? Thanks Renewed Fan!
'Two Ounces of Tin' verses 'And the Devil Makes Five' - gravesites. Cowgirl!
The grave on the right is from 'Tension' - this is Clemmie's grave. I know they did this back then..... But..... Why would they hang their gun & hat like that out in the open? Anyone could come along and take them? We know Clemmie's father ends up wearing his gun because we see him put it on. But what if they didn't come along first? Shouldn't they really have taken Clemmie's stuff back & gave it to the Micah? Cowgirl!
Micah uses the word "bamboo". I doubt that word was in general use in New Mexico in the 1880's (I think it would have been called "cane"). Thanks Renewed Fan!
As to if the word 'bamboo' was in general use or not in that area and time-frame, I have no idea how such a determination might be made; however, the plant was used for many things in the good ol' USA, even back then: Thomas Edison used it in a light bulb that he patented in the year 1880. (That bulb still burns today, in the Smithsonian.) Thanks Rob!
Is it just me, or did it seem weird that with all the activity (stepping around Lucas especially) loud conversation, making breakfast etc. (which probably took more than an hour since the beginning of all the activity) that the rattlesnake didn't seem to even notice any of this and react until Mark went to wake Lucas up? Seems VERY unlikely to me. Thanks Rhiannon!
While filming this episode the scene where Lucas is still wrapped in the blankets and can't move because of the rattlesnake, the Connors' boys were fooling around and accidently pulled a cable that put the entire set in darkness. From out of that darkness, they heard a very loud, angry voice yell, "You kids get off the set NOW!"¯ Knowing that was their father's voice, they didn't wait for a second request but took off as fast as they could away from that set! Later on Chuck tried to find out which son had pulled the cable, but they didn't rat Steve out.
Chains - As Scully walks toward Lucas to get the snake out of his bedroll, we can clearly see the chains on Scully's ankle shackles. But later in the scene, after they remove and kill the snake, Scully tries to escape. Micah has to shoot him. At this point, the chains are not on Scully's shackles. The chain removal was probably intentional, so actor Lonny Mack (who played Scully) wouldn't trip as he quickly moved. Thanks Ann Marie!
Also, during this scene, when Scully is talking to Lucas, he is whispering. But he isn't close to Lucas yet. Then he turns around and talks to Micah in a normal speaking voice. He is actually closer to Micah and Mark than Lucas at this point. So why did Scully whisper? Was he trying to not scare the snake? But then when he did move closer to Lucas, he talked! Thanks Ann Marie!
On IMDB the Devil Makes Five, the entry for the late great Arthur Browne Jr. says, "When asked about the final episode of The Rifleman, Browne said they came up with the plot of the snake in the bedroll because there was no money in the budget. The show was being canceled and they had one more show to do, so he wrote a plot in which Luke (Chuck Connors) and his son were out on the trail. They didn't have to hire any big name stars to appear in the episode and the scenery was cheap to put together."¯ The episode being referred to seems unmistakably to be 'And The Devil Makes Five,' which, as you note on your site, was not the last episode shown, whatever order it was written in. It was shown eighth from last, on Feb 11, 1963. I wonder why it would have aired so far out of sequence. But that's definitely the only episode that takes place on the trail and involves a snake in a sleeping bag, and was written by Mr. Browne. Or could it be that after Mr. Browne wrote what he was told would be the shows last episode, some producer was able to come up with enough money to write, shoot and show seven more episodes, to fill out the final season? If so, that could mean that this hypothetical producer was cherishing the hope that a successful conclusion to the season might prevent its cancellation after all. A tantalizing possibility, if so....but sadly, one that didn't pay off. Thanks Woody Smith!
'End of the Hunt' episode #162 ― Reef Jackson shot Lucas in the back 10 years prior, happening when Margaret was still alive and Lucas still living back in the Nations (Enid). Reef is Granny Meade's nephew. She lived in Enid because she remembered the fight they had while digging a ditch when they were growing up. How is it that Granny Meade is now living in North Fork? Thanks Bluewindfarm!
If you look at the scene where Mark gets a chance to shoot the deer (Old Spike), Mark is standing behind a big tree trunk that is itself shaped like a deer! Check that scene out, it's a wonderful picture! Thanks Pete Villafea!
Mark took his rifle and went deer hunting. Lucas was out to kill Reef Jackson.North Fork is in New Mexico, right? You were out west to the ranch. Did you ever see 40 and 50 foot pine trees in New Mexico? Mark is sitting among all these pine trees and looked out to see the deer less than a 100 feet away and not a pine tree in sight. Amazing what they got away with. Thanks Bob!
John Gilbert played the boy who came to tell Lucas that Granny Mede's kin was at her place. John is the son of Herschel Burke Gilbert. Thanks John!
I have two clips here from The Rifleman and a clip from The Westerner. Compare these two clips they are the same area & the same deer - Spike later Old Spike. Both of these series were a Four Star Production Cowgirl!
What does The Rifleman & The Westerner with Brian Keith have in common? Spike aka Old Spike
Here we have another sighting of Spike in 'The Angry Man'. Cowgirl!
♫ Mark's theme ― This is the music you hear in the beginning of this episode when Mark is cleaning his rifle.
A special thanks to John Gilbert for sending this to us. John is the son of Herschel Burke Gilbert
*Please be patient while this song/sound byte loads, it may take a few seconds to load but is well the wait!
When Lou asked Harry Finley if he would watch over the hotel while she went out. It sure sounds like Lou says Harry.....what say you? Maybe Lou called him by his real name by mistake.
Reef Jackson shot Lucas in the back 10 years prior, happening when Margaret was still alive and Lucas still living back in the Nations (Enid). Reef is Granny Meade's nephew. She lived in Enid because she remembered the fight they had while digging a ditch when they were growing up. How is it that Granny Meade is now living in North Fork? Thanks Bluewindfarm!
In 'End of the Hunt' you see the hat rack outside of the bedroom door. Not sure I have seen that hat rack any where else except by the door. How about you? Cowgirl!
Daytime/Nighttime ― Mark catches up to the deer and takes aim. Then they quickly cut to a shot of Lucas hitting the hotel's desk bell. When he turns around to walk out, we see that it's nighttime. It just seemed kind of odd and awkward to go from a bright daylight scene to it being pitch black outside. Also, I wasn't under the impression that Granny Meade lived THAT far from town. Like it would take Lucas hours and hours to ride back into town, only to have to turn around and ride right back into the late night, after the boy came to the hotel door. Thanks Ann Marie!
I am so use to seeing the hat rack in the McCain's house by the door as you see here in 'The Visitor'.
The footage of Lucas riding in town originally appeared in 'Squeeze Play' and is again seen in 'Conflict' and 'End of the Hunt'. Thanks Ann Marie!'
In 'The Bullet' episode #163 ― When Lucas signs the hotel register the signature above his is J. Levy - Drummer - P. Springs. I would guess that this is an inside joke for producer Jules Levy. P. Springs, I'm sure refers to Palm Springs. Thanks Sally!
Lucas cocks his rifle after already doing so: he would have ejected a live round. Thanks Rob!
I watched one last night about the ballistics and fingerprints. Good episode, 'The Bullet' ― Double blooper right at the beginning. When Lucas broke up the party. It started by fast cocking the rifle and shooting Harry. Then he did the complete rotation and cocked the rifle again and this time it didn't fire. Then he told Richard to dig up the buried guy and swung the rifle down and cocked it again. Enough time must have elapsed between shooting the scenes they forgot what they did. The editor couldn't take it out because then the story would have been short. Thanks Bob!
After watching the episode 'Bullet' it impressed me as an attempt to create a spin-off series. By the time Bullet was made, the producers/writers/directors for The Rifleman clearly knew that the show was about to end. They created an interesting character (a lawman who uses science and his brains to solve crimes in the old west) with a side-kick, then had an episode in which Lucas McCain was basically the guest star to introduce the new characters. Note that the focus of the episode (and of the camera!) is usually on the sheriff, not on Lucas.Obviously, while the concept was interesting, the idea did not "take". Thoughts? Thanks Renewed Fan!
When the Los Cruces marshal fires his gun into the hay bales we see smoke, but when Lucas fires his rifle we don't see any smoke. Or a shell eject. Thanks Ann Marie!
The hotel Lucas checks into in Los Cruces was the North Fork hotel with the front desk turned 90 degrees to the left, and the lobby's furniture either moved around or replaced. So how can you tell? The wallpaper's the same and stairs are in the same location as Lou's hotel. Kind of hard to change either of those for one episode, to make it seem like they are in a different location. Thanks Ann Marie!
'Requiem at Mission Springs' episode #164 ― Did anybody notice when Lucas was hiding from the convicts he was next to a rock and when he leaned against the rock...IT MOVED! Thanks Christine!
There's a scene where Lucas is behind a boulder, watching the bad guys; this is just before he gets into the shootout with them, I think. Anyway, Lucas has his shoulder against the boulder and pushes off a bit ... and the "boulder" wiggles! Can see it move ... (makes me think, didn't Chuck play Superman once??) Thanks Rob!
Throughout the chilling scenes in Requiem at Mission Springs the wind can heard blowing through the desert supposedly contributing to a cold so intense that Lucas fears he may not even be able to fire his gun. (Fat chance of that!) However, despite the sound of the freezing wind, none of the brush is moving! Thanks jahern!
At first when I started to watch this episode I could see the bushes moving, but no howling sounds from the wind. But when night time came this is when you hear the howling. I didn't see one bush move. I like the part where Rance looks up at the cross & you can hear the wind. It made him uneasy. Cowgirl!
'The Guest' episode #165 ― How could Lucas and Mark ride horses into their ranch house area, right past a white stallion, and not even notice it until they dismount and turn around to go into the house that it is tied up at? Thanks Greg Merrill!
A couple of minutes into the episode, Mark and Lucas ride away from the ranch - it is obviously a MUCH younger Johnny Crawford with a different shirt. Thanks Renewed Fan!
Lucas is heading off to bed and reaches up to "dim" the light on the wall just outside their bedroom, the light either dims or goes out, but if you listen closely you can hear a "click" just like a light switch. Speaking of lights, has anyone else noticed that the lights never flicker, like a lamp with a wick would. Oh, maybe North Fork was one of the first towns in 1881 to get electricity!!!
Mark forgot to take his wallet out of his right rear pocket before filming started? The scene where he and Pa are coming out of the House, head to the horses and talk about having to go move the cattle because 3 - 4 fence posts appear to have rotted off. Look at Mark's back right pocket, I swear he's got his wallet in there. Thanks Deanne Bertram!
The footage of the bottles being shot off the tree trunk during Lucas' and Jeremy Pennebroke's shooting ('The Sporting Chance') exhibition was later used in 'Mark's Rifle' and 'The Guest.' Thanks Ann Marie!
The shot of the moonlit sky from 'The Surveyors', right before Mark gets up out of bed, planning to sneak out was later reused twice in season 5. In 'The Guest', we see it before Mark notices Mario on the porch, follows Mario outside, and inadvertently scares him. Mario grabs the ax to defend himself. The other time was in 'Which Way'd They Go', right before we see Lucas asleep by the campfire. Thanks Ann Marie!
'Old Man Running' episode #166 ―When Lou shows Mark the hotel register, his grandfather's address is simply "Bensonville". All the other addresses are very odd for a 19th century hotel register. Like "P. O. Box 2876" or "1867 S. 28th Street".
None of the other addresses in the hotel register named a city or a town - just a street or a P.O. box. I am wondering if some of the crew may have listed their own personal addresses on the register, figuring it would be an inside joke that would flash by the viewers in an instant, and not knowing that later TiVo users could freeze a frame and read it? Thanks Renewed Fan!
Even though Chuck was older then John, John played Chuck's father-in-law in 'Old Man Running' aka 'The Wanted Man'. That makes him Johnny Gibbs "Pa!" Still, having a father-in-law just a few months younger is an interesting concept! A credit to Anderson's ability to morph into a character. He's listed as 6' 51/2" too. Thanks Kurt Burgess!
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!
The hotel Lucas checks into in Los Cruces was the North Fork hotel with the front desk turned 90 degrees to the left, and the lobby's furniture either moved around or replaced. So how can you tell? The wallpapers the same and stairs are in the same location as Lou's hotel. Kind of hard to change either of those for one episode, to make it seem like they are in a different location. Thanks Ann Marie!
'Which Way'd They Go?' episode #167 ― Paradise sure looks a lot like North Fork....."What say you?" There was so many look a likes that I couldn't cover them all! Cowgirl!
What about the brand LMc? What would you have used for the brand? Would you have included Mark? How about LMc / McCain Ranch? Maybe if the show went on longer we would have seen a different brand. This was the first time we ever saw the/their brand.
In the beginning of the episode when the deputy is hanging the Sheriff's Sale sign.....Ned Jackman calls him Deputy? How comes Micah's not the one to hang the sign? And since when does Micah have deputy, other then in times of trouble? Cowgirl!
In the ending scene where they're all at the bar, Lucas's beer changes colors, from light to dark! Thanks Lone Star Mama!
The shot of the moonlit sky from 'The Surveyors', right before Mark gets up out of bed, planning to sneak out was later reused twice in season 5. In 'The Guest', we see it before Mark notices Mario on the porch, follows Mario outside, and inadvertently scares him. Mario grabs the ax to defend himself. The other time was in 'Which Way'd They Go', right before we see Lucas asleep by the campfire. Thanks Ann Marie!
As Lucas is asleep by the campfire, his right arm is positioned differently between the wide shot and the close up. Notice in the wide shot how he has it about in the middle of his chest. But in the first close up, his hand is much lower, over his belt and next to the buckle. Then in the second close up, his hand is in a completely different position than previous shot. Now it's kind of between his chest and stomach. Also, take a look at Lucas' hat in this second shotright before he gets clubbed by one of Wade's men. It is definitely tilted more towards Lucas' nose. Also, turn the brightness up on your TV or monitor. You'll see something interesting. During this shot, Chuck kept his eyes open when Lucas is supposed to be sleeping! Look closely you'll see the whites of his eyes. Thanks Ann Marie!
Notice the belly on Ned Jackman on the right. But if you look at the picture on the left his belly isn't as big. The episode 'Lou Mallory' is episode #145. Which Way'd They Go? is episode #167 which is the later episode of the two. It looks like they might have stuffed his shirt with a pillow. Cowgirl!
Right before Neb and Haslam exit the Marshall's Office there is a boom mike shadow in the top left corner. Thanks Ann Marie!
There were four episodes where they reused the footage from 'Eight Hours To Die' ― the part where Lucas rides down the shady lane to find Mark and Judge Burton. First, we see it in 'The Pet', after Haskins made himself at home in the McCain's house. The next time is Season 4's 'Skull' when Lucas couldn't find Mark at their camp and rides off looking for him. Then the footage was also used in two episodes from Season 5. In 'Conflict', watch after Lucas is still disturbed about missing the cougar; he tells Mark he's going into town to see the gunsmith. Also, in 'Which Way'd They Go?' when Lucas is riding off to buy cattle. Thanks Ann Marie!
'Old Tony' episode #168 ― Mark's ideal woman is pretty and can cook real good. Lucas's ideal woman is ā€” remember this from "The Sister?" "Yes, I'd like to take another wife someday, that's only natural." "When?" Ask Mark. "When I find the right woman." "How will you know her?" Ask Mark. "I think I'll know her when I meet her son." With a big grin on his face Mark asked, "What will she be like?" "Well, she'll have to cook and sew and scrub. Her hands gotta be soft, she's gotta have hair like the crimson as the setting sun. Eyes as brown as chestnuts. She's gotta wear a flower because that's womanly. Ride a horse like a man."
I think Lorrie's shirt looks just like Mark's, just a tad darker. Something like the shade in the earlier episodes.
When Lucas rides into town and goes into Micah's office, he's wearing his shirt sleeves rolled up. (Before Joe arrives in town and insists that Micah arrests Tony.) Lucas, Micah, and Joe ride to Old Tony's place looking for Mark and Lorie, Camera angle from the back shows Lucas is wearing a long leave shirt. Camera angle changes to the front and Lucas is back to wearing his sleeves rolled up. Thanks Deanne Bertram!
What I also find interesting is when Lucas rides into town the first time he had long sleeves on at this time to start. Cowgirl!
Lorie asked Mark if he's ever thought about what his wife would be like, when he's married. Mark recalls a conversation he had with his Pa, he mentions his Pa smoking a 'PIPE'. I don't remember a pipe, I always remember the cigar. Does anyone else know if Lucas did smoke a pipe or is this really a "blunder"? Thanks Deanne Bertram!
It's a blunder! Lucas NEVER smoked a pipe - he always smoked cigars!!! (except for the first episode where he smoked a cigarette...) In 'The Vision,' Mark stated this as well. Thanks Michelle Palmer!
Sweat ― 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!
Horses ― 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 & Lorrie 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!
When Lucas rides into town waiting for Mark and Lorrie to meet him, they used stock footage from 'The Surveyors'. (Only this time we don't hear the church bell tolling.) And it's really obvious it's recycled, for two reasons. First, if you really look at his sideburns, you'll see how much longer they appear in this footage. He kept them much shorter in the later seasons of the series the footage that was specifically shot for any given episode. Also, when this was used in 'The Surveyors', while Lucas was riding in, the town was gathered in the church. So no one is on the street. But in the scene after this, Lucas walks into Micah's, and many townspeople can be seen through Micah's Marshall's Office windows. So it's like the people appeared out of nowhere. Thanks Ann Marie!
Given the environment that Mark and Lorrie were riding in, do you think realistically their horses would have gotten that dirty that fast? And how come some of that dust didn't also get on Mark and Lorrie? Thanks Ann Marie!
Episodes 1 thru 40 ― Season 1
Episodes 41 thru 76 ― Season 2
Episodes 77 thru 110 ― Season 3
Episodes 111 thru 142 ― Season 4
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