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The Rifleman 1959 October TV Guide Article
Ordeal episode #48
Pardon our dust.....
How the storms came (as per order) to The Rifleman set
The sands of time are not fine enough for
The Rifleman. The crew of the ABC
show recently improved on nature while filming in the Mojave Desert of California, where a half-ton of
fuller's earth was whipped into a sandstorm.
Sand, wind and actors were imported. The fuller's earth was brought along because it was clean "dirt"—a powered
clay "de-germed" to protect the actors. Four wind machines created 30-mile-an-hour-gusts.
More baffling than the technical problems were the unexpected results. After each scene equipment had to be
dug out; Chuck Connors' rifle had to be cleaned again and again; it took 30 minutes to uncover Connors' buried
script. And after six hours, the company had to vacate because nature threatened to unload a real desert storm.
Lucas' story, now hear Mark's
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