"Welcome to the McCain Ranch"
After a long, hard day of hunting he was pleased to see a campfire
in the distance. The campfire
have coffee, and after a little rest he would be able to continue on
his travels. But as he approached cautiously, he made a startling
discovery. This wasn’t a campfire of an ordinary stranger. This was
an outlaw’s campfire – an outlaw named The Domino Kid. He was a
wanted man and he was a perfect target.
Colly pointed his rifle at the unsuspecting camper who was simply
lying there as he smoked on a cigarette. “Alright,” Colly cleared
his throat. “Mister, stand up.”
Domino looked at him but didn’t move. “You know who you’re talking
“Yeah, I know who you are…Domino,” Colly answered. He was obviously
Domino gave a short laugh. “Won’t don’t you just mosey on along,
Colly cleared his throat nervously. “I mean what I say. Get up.
I’m…uh…taking you in.”
Domino looked at where his gun belt laid with his special guns that
had dominoes etched on the handles. He lazily took a long puff off
his cigarette then stuck it back in his mouth. Suddenly and quickly
he turned to grab his gun, but a shot sounded from Colly’s rifle.
The Domino Kid was dead.
Later that night, Micah and I were in his office playing chess. I
was happy because it looked like I was about to beat him this time,
and I suggested he concede. But while he was thinking on this we
were interrupted by Colly. “I…uh…brought in the Domino Kid.”
Considering who it was, Micah and I were both a bit shocked to say
the least. Micah went to look at the body and I looked at the guns.
It was the Domino Kid alright, not doubt about that! “But you, Colly!”
Colly was still a bit surprised himself. He tried explaining that he
had been hunting and stopped at the camp for a cup of coffee. He
killed the Domino Kid in self defense.
While we were carrying the body into Micah’s office, Sam Bedford
came to see what all the excitement was about and was surprised to
find his employee, Colly, there. The whole group stood there
wondering what was going on. When Micah announced that Colly had
killed the Domino Kid, everyone was shocked. Bedford stated that he
didn’t believe it as he went in to see for himself. They wanted to
know how it happened. Still in shock, he told his story again.
“Well, I was just telling the Marshal I…I came on his camp
accidentally and I had the drop on him…and he went for his gun
anyway, and I…had to kill him.”
He was suddenly deemed a hero. Bedford suddenly came back over to
Colly. “Now tell us, Colly, exactly how did you get him? Did he come
after you? Did he draw on you or what?”
Colly explained it again. “Well, I just warned him. He went for his
gun anyway. There was nothing else I could do!”
Bedford stared hard at Colly. “Sure wasn’t. You got him the only way
you could, didn’t ya? In the back!”
Colly stared at him. “Why, he’s a killer, a man with a price on his
head. He’s wanted dead or alive!”
We stood there watching as the townspeople suddenly turned on him.
“There’s never an excuse for shooting a man in the back!” Bedford
He started to leave, but Colly stopped him and asked him about the
reward the stage line posted - $1,000.00. “You expect a reward for
that?” Bedford shot out angrily.
Colly turned to Micah. “Dead or alive, Sam. You posted it yourself!”
Micah answered, letting Bedford know he had no choice.
Bedford was angry, but he knew he had no choice. "Alright, you'll
get it. In silver. In thirty pieces at a time!” Then he left. The
other men who had just deemed Colly a hero walked away suddenly
grumbling about Colly.
Colly turned to us. “He was a killer, wasn’t he? He deserved to
I nodded. “Sure, Colly,” I answered quietly.
“Then what I did was right! I don’t know anything about handling a
gun! I couldn’t stand up to him.”
“Shooting a man in the back…always leaves room for doubt,” I
It was late when I got home
night so I overslept the next morning. When I got up, I saw that
Mark was already up and dressed. He had already fixed fresh coffee
for me and…even made bacon and eggs! “Good boy,” I praised him
kindly. Mark asked about the chess game Micah and I had been
playing. I told him I would have run if we hadn’t bee interrupted.
Then I announced, “Somebody brought in the Domino Kid.” I took a sip
of my coffee, waiting for the explosion that was sure to come.
I didn’t have to wait very long. Mark was suddenly excited, asking
me who shot him. When I told him, he reacted like the folks in town.
"Colly Vane shot the Domino Kid? I never thought he had the nerve to
talk back to a nanny goat.”
I looked at my son. “Well Mark, you never know how a man will react
under certain circumstances,” I explained.
“Boy, I bet the whole towns talking about it, huh?" Mark would have
sat there and talked on it all morning, but I told him to get to
eating so he wouldn’t be late for school. Then I told him I’d be in
town later and we would ride home together. “Fine,” he answered. But
his mind was elsewhere. “Colly Vane,” he mumbled as he thought on
it. “I never thought he had the nerve!” I looked at Mark then, a bit
worried at how he would react to the rest of the story. But I didn’t
want to get into that with him now.
Later that day, I went into town to do my errands. I was waiting for
Mark, but had seen no sign of him yet. I stopped in front of Micah’s
office. “Have you seen Mark around today?” I asked as I looked
around for him. He hadn’t seen him this afternoon. I was frustrated.
“Oh, I hope he wasn’t kept in again!” That boy knew how to get
himself into trouble!
Micah handed me a paper he wanted me to sign. It was a statement
saying I saw Colly bring in the domino Kid. Sam won’t post the
reward without it. He didn’t want Colly to collect and was making it
very difficult on him. Micah said there’s been talk around town all
day, even having Colly arrested for murder. “Murder,” I asked
suddenly. “Killing an outlaw’s murder?”
“Shooting a man in the back. Outlaw or not,” Micah answered.
I slapped the reins down in frustration and handed Micah back the
paper. “I don’t know why you waited for me, Micah. I’m not the only
one who saw Colly in.” Micah couldn’t sign it and the others won’t
Suddenly, I heard a group of children yelling about something. I
turned to see what was going on and saw a group of kids hassling
Colly. “Sam fired him this morning. Brad Jacobs had his wife throw
Colly out of his boarding house. And now the kids!”
As I looked at the group surrounding Colly, I saw Mark reach over
and pull a shirt out of Colly’s carpet bag. Mark was taunting him
just as much as the other kids. That made me angry! I jumped down
from the wagon and hurried over to the kids. Mark had his back
turned and was laughing. He turned and suddenly saw me standing
there. His smile quickly disappeared from his face when he saw the
angered look on my face.
He stood there knowing he was in trouble and I didn’t approve of
what he had done. “Give me that!” I ordered Mark and an angry voice.
Mark handed me the shirt and I snapped it out of his hand. “Get in
the rig, Mark,” I ordered.
Mark said nothing as he glanced back at the children, a bit ashamed
that he was being yelled at in front of the kids. Then I slowly
walked towards the kids. The other children stood there, frozen in
their spots and staring at me. They saw my angered expression and
were probably a little afraid of me. “Seems to me you guys got
better things to do at home,” I told them as I started toward them.
“Go on.” I didn’t stop walking toward them until they turned and ran
I handed Colly the shirt back. "Maybe you better make yourself
scares for a while Colly." He stuffed the shirt back into his bag
and said he intended to. Then he slowly walked away. He looked like
he had the weight of the world on his shoulders.
I turned back toward the rig and frowned. I was so very disappointed
in my son right now. I walked up beside the rig where Micah was
still standing. I glanced at Mark who wouldn’t look at me. He knew
he was in trouble. I grabbed the paper from Micah’s hand, knowing
that someone needed to stand up for Colly. “Let’s go find a pen,
Micah,” I said as I gave Mark another look.
I stayed in Micah’s office for a long time so I’d cool down It was
one thing when a town harasses an innocent man, but when it’s your
own flesh and blood…well, it angers and disappoints me! But I
finally walked back outside I didn’t say anything but started to
walk around to get up onto the seat. But Mark spoke. "You mad at me
I stopped walking and turned back to my son. I looked him in the
eye. I had been angry, but I had calmed down. "No Mark, I'm just
disappointed in you. It seemed to me you always stood on your own
two feet. You had your own ideas and stuck to 'em. Never saw you
trail along with the herd before." It’s hard to imagine my son
having any bad thoughts towards a person.
This time, Mark had given into the gossip. I guess it was a little
to much for a young boy to walk away from. "But Pa, everybody know
he shot him in the back."
I suddenly jumped to Colly’s defense. "Nobody knows anything except
what Colly said."
"But it's a lie, everybody know that Colly couldn't stand up to
anybody as good as the Domino Kid in a fair fight,” Mark suddenly
I gave my son a hard stare and spoke calmly but firmly. "Good Mark?
An outlaw? A killer?"
"Well, he's better then somebody like Colly!" Mark declared.
I stared at him in disbelief. I could feel myself getting angry.
Mark could see my face turn to anger. He knew he had said too much.
“Move over,” I answered. That’s all I could say. As I walked around
the wagon, it was hard to control my temper. I stopped for a second
at the back telling myself to stay quiet and not say anything to him
until I calmed down, else I would regret what I said. I was probably
counting to ten to calm myself down! Then I quickly climbed up onto
the seat and drove off.
When we got home Colly was there waiting for us. His girlfriend,
Alice, was there with him. Mark said he’d put the buckboard away. I
didn’t say anything to him as I jumped from the wagon and went to
talk to my guests. I waited to hear what they needed. Colly couldn’t
ask the question, so Alice finally spoke up for him. “Will you sell
Colly a horse, Mr. McCain?” No one else would sell him one.
"Running away Colly?" I asked. He said he wasn’t. Alice stated that
her father had fired him and he was thrown out of his boarding
house. What else could he do. “Right now his own talking,” I stated.
“He can stand on his own two feet long enough to buy a horse at
“Alright, so I am running away! What do you expect me to do? You saw
them in town. I shot a killer, a man with a price on his head, and
everybody hates me!” Colly said.
I stopped him right there. “You said last night that what you did
was right. If that’s the truth, stand up for it!” I declared. “What
good is going to do Alice for you to be called a coward? Maybe you
can run away, but she can’t.” Colly stated he’d send for her when he
got settled somewhere else. “There is nowhere else for you!” I
declared then. “And you’re never gonna get settled. And this is
gonna follow you around. The bigger they make the Domino Kid, the
smaller you’re gonna be!”
Alice didn’t agree with me. She begged Colly to take her away with
him right then, but he started to realize that what I was saying was
true. He had to deal with this now – to stand up for himself.
Suddenly, some riders approached. I walked up to them to see what
they wanted. They were looking for a friend of theirs who had camped
up in the hills last night. I told them I hadn’t seen anybody. They
stated he was up there because they saw his campfire. I suggested
that maybe he rode out. “Well, do you think he’d leave his bedroll
behind? That bedroll had blood on it. It was wet. Like I said, he’s
a friend of our. And if anything happened to him, we would take it
kinda personal!” One of the outlaws was looking at me like he didn’t
believe me. I insisted that I couldn’t help them. “Well then I guess
we’re gonna have to find someone who can!” They turned their horses
around and rode off toward North Fork.
Now Alice was really upset. She knew they were looking for the
Domino Kid, and as soon as they rode into town, they’d find him. She
asked me if I still wanted him to go into North Fork. I didn’t think
it was a good idea with those outlaws there. I told Colly I’d give
him a horse. But Colly suddenly had something to prove. "Stand up
for what I thought was right. Isn't that what you said, Mr. McCain?"
I started to tell him that that was my advice before these outlaws
showed up. “Thank you for the advice,” he interrupted me. “The
people of North Fork are just going to have to decide who’s telling
the truth: a dead man or me!”
I rode back into town to see what I could do to help. When I got
there, there was a large crowd gathered outside the undertaker’s
office. “Practically a state funeral,” Micah declared. “I almost
expect the flags at half mast anytime now.”
I commented that it was a surprise the whole town wasn’t in
mourning. Then I asked him if he’d seen three gunslingers in town.
“Those three?” Micah motioned toward the undertaker’s office.
I watched them walk out. “They stopped by the ranch, said they were
looking for the Domino Kid.”
“They found him,” Micah answered.
Micah and I both knew it wouldn’t take them long to figure out who
did it. I had told Colly to stay at my place until I got back. Micah
suggested I keep Colly out at the ranch until they left. He’d never
get a chance to collect the reward money if he came in to claim it.
I decided to go try to work out something with Sam Bedford, although
I didn’t think I could.
I slowly walked toward his office.
I could feel the eyes of those three men on me the whole time. As I
stepped upon the boardwalk to walk inside, I turned and saw all
three heads turned, staring straight at me. The minute I walked in
Sam turned away from me. He didn’t want to talk to me, but I gave
him no choice. I asked him if he was going to pay Colly the reward.
“When you signed that paper, you didn’t leave me with much choice,”
he answered. I reminded him that everyone saw him bring in the
Domino Kid. “Everybody saw the hole in his back too,” he declared.
“I don’t figure you, Sam. You were always a pretty level-headed
man,” I stated. “I can’t understand you now…glorifying an outlaw!
You know, Colly’s the one getting hurt. Or is that what you really
want? Maybe he and Alice are getting too serious, is that it?” He
stated he wasn’t good enough for her. “Why not? Because he’s just
one of your stable hands?”
"Because he's a cowardly little coyote," he declared. “And why don’t
you mind your own business?” Then he turned back to work on his
When I asked about the money, he assured me it would be in on the
morning stage. I wanted to pick it up for him. "What's the matter,
is he too timid to even do that now?"
“No, I just don’t want him coming into town, not with these three
gunslinger’s here!” I stated. “They’ll kill him, Sam!”
“Oh, I don’t know. He was good enough to handle the Domino, I bet he
can handle them,” he stated.
“You hate the boy that much?” I suddenly asked. He said he was
playing the hero, and maybe he’d get what he deserved. That made me
mad. "You call Colly a coward. If you want somebody killed, why
don't you do it yourself?" I walked out of the office.
But when I stepped onto the street, the three gunslingers were
there. “Thought you’d want to know – we found that friend of ours.”
I told him I was glad to hear it. “Now we’re looking for somebody
else. The sidewinder who gunned him in the back. I don’t suppose
you’d know anything about him though.” He thought I should know
since maybe I was nosing around for the award money.
“I’m not the only one nosing around, Mister!” I stated
“I asked you a question,” the gunslinger stated.
“And you got your answer.” Suddenly, the three started moving around
me. As they circled around me I punched one, knocking him to the
ground. The other one came at me and I punched him. I twirled my
rifle and pointed it at the one left standing. He’d ask anymore
questions he had when I came to collect the reward.
When I got back to the ranch Colly was grooming one of my horses. He
suggested I got the horse’s teeth looked at before they started
giving him a lot of trouble. He wanted to be a veterinarian someday.
Now with the reward money, he can do it. He asked me when it was
coming into town. “Tomorrow morning,” I answered.
He smiled. “Good. By tomorrow night Alice and me can be on our way
to Kansas City.” But I suddenly told him to hold off on the reward
money. Those men we met this afternoon were waiting in town for
anyone coming to collect the money. “I guess there isn’t much I can
do about it,” Colly stated.
“Wait here for a few days. Men like that can’t hang around in one
place for too long,” I suggested.
“Well Mr. McCain, you uh…you said I couldn’t run and hide, that I
have to face up to this right here in North Fork” I thought on it
for a minute then told him to stay here until morning then we’d ride
I went up to the house to start supper. I looked around for Mark but
didn’t see him, so I hollered for him. He came out of the house,
letting me know he was getting some wood for supper. “Fine. When
you’re through, set another place at the table, will ya?” I
But Mark was still upset with Colly. He looked toward him. “Is he
staying?” He asked in a disapproving voice.
I suddenly turned. I didn’t like his tone of voice. “That’s right,”
I answered, waiting to see what he’d say next.
He looked disgustingly at Colly. “Oh,” he groaned. “Well, he can
have my place. I’m not hungry.”
I suddenly walked toward him. The anger I had from earlier was
flaring up again. He knew better then to talk this way!
But he was ready to face up to this whole mess. I told Colly to stay
here and wait until morning and I'd go with him. "Mark, Colly's a
guest in our home, you show respect,” I ordered as I stood right in
front of him and looked into his eyes. Mark didn’t say anything, but
I could tell he didn’t want to follow my order. “You hear me boy?"
"Yes Pa,” Mark answered. But I could see the defiance in his eyes.
I waited for him to say more – like that he was sorry or yes sir or
something, but nothing came. He just continued to stare at Colly.
“Well?” I asked.
"Well I don't know why you want me to respect somebody like him!”
Mark spit these words out so spitefully and hatefully that it
I was so angry! “Ah-“ I started. But I turned and realized Colly had
heard what he had to say. Anything I had to say to Mark right now
wasn’t very nice. I was too angry to speak, so I decided to flat out
punish him for now. “Go
to bed, Mark.” I ordered. Mark stared at me. “Go to bed!”
Mark turned and silently went into the house. I turned toward Colly
and opened my mouth to say something, but I was too ashamed. I
couldn’t even muster up an apology. I simply turned and stomped into
the house after Mark.
The next morning I finished getting ready for town, but when I came
out to the living room Colly was gone. Mark came in carrying
firewood and I asked him if he’d seen Colly. “He left about fifteen
minutes ago.” He said this in a voice that told me he was still
upset with Colly, and probably a bit angry with me.
“Why didn’t you tell me?” I asked suddenly.
“Well, I was getting the firewood!” Mark answered hatefully.
I didn’t like his tone of voice…at al! “Your not still smarty from
last night, are ya?” I asked as I buttoned up my shirt and stared
sternly into his eyes. I knew the answer already. I could tell from
his tone of voice.
Mark suddenly realized I was upset with him. “Well, I know I
shouldn’t have said what I did, but well I couldn’t help it!”
I stared at Mark for a second. Then I hurried for the door and
grabbed my hat and rifle. “Well maybe you don’t know it, son, but
Colly just went out to earn the respect you didn’t give him. Just
hope he doesn’t have to pay too high a price for it!”
With that I walked out the door to leave Mark thinking on that. Mark
angrily threw the wood down by the fireplace and sat down, knowing
he was in a lot of trouble.
I quickly rode into town. I asked Micah if he’d seen Colly,
informing him that he rode on ahead of me. “Oh, he’s gonna show
everybody!” I stated.
There were men standing around waiting to see what would happen when
the stage arrived with the money. One of the gunslingers was
standing among them. I asked Micah where the other two were. “I
can’t see ‘em, but I can sure feel ‘em!” Micah declared.
When I walked in, Sam looked pretty upset. He wanted to know if
Colly was here yet, I told him that I was sure he would be soon. I
pointed out to him that he looked pretty upset. “Oh, it’s Alice.
She’s leaving – she’s going away with him!” I told him it was
nothing to worry about – those gunslingers wouldn’t let him get far.
“But she’ll blame me!” Sam suddenly stated. “Now you’ve got to stop
him and keep him away from here. I’ll give you the money and you
Suddenly, Colly was there. He was standing out on the street. “Mr.
Bedford!” he called. Sam didn’t answer. “Mr. Bedford! I’m here to
He wasn’t even carrying a gun. I told Sam to have him come inside.
Sam asked him. “There’s nothing to talk about. I just want the
money. Bring it out!” Colly called.
“I don’t know what you mean!” Sam stated.
“You’re stalling, Mr. Bedford. You know what I mean. I’m here to
collect the reward. “!,000.00 for killing the Domino Kid.”
Suddenly one of the gunslingers – the one with the mouth – was
standing behind Colly with his drawn gun. Sam called to warn him,
but Colly was shot in the back and fell to the ground.
As soon as I heard that shot I was out there. I fired my rifle while
rolling on the ground, killing the gunslinger with the mouth.
Another one came toward me shooting, By I shot my Rifle at him twice
and he fell to the ground, dead.
Third time’s a charm! I turned and fired on the last one. He fell to
the ground. He was dead.
Micah and I immediately ran to Colly to see how bad he was hurt. I
didn’t think it looked too bad, but suggested we get him over to the
docs right away. Suddenly Sam said, “Let me, Lucas.” He realized
that he was partly to blame for what had happened to him. Micah and
Sam helped a very weak Colly up to his feet and dragged him off to
I stood there in the middle of the street and
looked around at the gawkers. “Unarmed and in the back. I hope
you’re all proud of yourselves. Now Colly’s a hero…like the Domino
Kid!” Then I walked off.
Mark, Micah, and I walked out of Micah’s office to watch Colly and
Alice drive out of North Fork. They smiled and waved at us as they
drove away. "I sure was wrong not believing Colly's story," Mark
stated. He finally realized that Colly had shot the Domino Kid in a
I looked at Mark, happy he had finally come to realize that. But as
bad as he was, there were others who were worse. "That may be so,
son, but your not as wrong as some of the older people in town that
should have know better."
"Maybe in some ways they could use a little growing up too,” Mark
Micah looked at Mark and confessed, "In one way or another Mark, we
can all use some growing up.”
"Well don't include you and Pa." Mark stated this with the utmost
"Yes son, us too," I announced.
Mark just stared at us in disbelief!
appeared in two episodes ― The
Hero as Colly Vane, he played the town hero until the town
folks found out the outlaw was shot in the back ― The Man from
Salinas as Dave Foley, the bounty hunter who claimed to be Rudy
Gray's brother so he could get the $2,000 bounty on Gray.
Frank Ferguson played Sam Bedford,
Alice's father and the man in charge of the stage line. He also
appeared with Robert Culp in Trackdown.
Lynn Cartier appeared in two episodes
of ― Panic as Mrs. Porter, she was
the lady in the General Store who overheard Cass and Mark's
conversation ― The Hero as
Alice Bedford, Colly Van's girlfriend and Sam
Dick Keene was Mr. Jethroe. He was
the old timer in the beginning of the episode. He is one of the
townfolks who was surprised that Colly got the Domino Kid. He at
first thought Colly to be The Hero.
Dennis Cross appeared in six episodes
― The Safe Guard as Witcherly
Gaucho as Ned Dunnell, he was killed by Manolo for like his sister - The Hero as Dorn, the gunslinger
in charge ― The Vision as Fance Degnan.
He was the cowboy by the wagon that laughed when Mark told Hazel
he thought she was pretty ― Martin in
Quiet Fear. He was
the cowboy who attacked Abby Striker in the barn ―
The Patsy as Lafe Oberly, a member of Doke's
appeared in four episodes ―
The Patsy as Doke Marvin, one of Sully Hobbs' gang ―
The Hero as
The Domino Kid, he was the one that Colly Vane shot in the back ―
The Assailants as
Sgt. Will is the one who confronted Micah in the telegraph office ―
The Anvil Chorus as Stagg the cowboy who said he wouldn't
give his guns to nobody.
was a well known and respected stuntman, he appeared in twenty-seven
episodes of The Rifleman and still counting. Whitey
had over a 50-year career as a stuntman and stunt coordinator, he
has been praised as one of the top stuntman in Hollywood.
Whitey was the best of the best!
Butler — Stuntman — Stunt
coordinator — Actor - Archie has been in more episodes then
anybody with the exception of the regular cast and he probably
was in more episode then some of them. ~Arnold
Remember him in The Sharpshooter?
Remember when Lucas shot the whiskey bottle and it shattered
into pieces? Archie was the cowboy who slid the whiskey
bottle to Lucas. Sometimes Archie was a stand-in for Paul
Bloopers - The Hero
You've heard Lucas' story, now hear Mark's