The Rifleman.

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  1. Toto'sDad

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    I don't think I've ever actually binge watched anything before, but I started watching the Rifleman season one, and I'm up to the eighteenth episode. I watched all of them as a kid, but I don't remember anything about them, so it's just like watching them fresh. Man, how things have changed! During that time period, the good guys were good guys, and the bad guys all got shot or hung. It's cool watching the episodes because I can recognize some of the places from the Iverson ranch down around Chatsworth. Now it's all built up into condos and such, but if you get high enough above the town you can recognize some of the terrain. Years ago, a company I worked for did a water tank supply job above the town, and I hauled the heavy equipment for the job to the site.

    One delivery I made down there, I had to go through town with a 633 scraper loaded on seven axles. A guy stopped at traffic light in front of me, whipped out his trusty pistola and shot himself in the head! Traffic was snarled for miles, so a parking meter guy tried to run me off the route, nothing doing I said, I'm on a permit, and you're gonna have to get a California Highway Patrolman out here to escort me, and my pilot car. The parking meter huffed and puffed a while, but finally got a patrolman out there, and he got me out of the mess someway, and guided me around town back to where I could get back on my route, interesting day.

    PS:

    I don't think the Rifleman had anything to do with it.
     
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    What a horrible...yet interesting story :eek:
     
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    The best intros evah! BTW, I bet Chuck Norris's false teeth and fake tan would have trouble keeping up with Chuck Connors.



     
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    The thing that sticks out the most for me is the other cast players.
    The same bad guys keep showing up in episode after episode no matter the part. You see a guy get blown away by Lucas and the next episode he’s back as a bad guy with a different name and role. After sixty or so episodes you get tired of the same old bad guys.
    But The Rifleman Was a favorite of mine as a kid and still enjoyable to watch.
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    When I was a kid I had a rifle like his.
     
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    Interesting how memories trigger other reflection. I enjoy the Rifleman from time to time though I feel pretty caught up with them now. Its in the TV listing rotation on my local cable often and still watch a little.

    I"m really enjoying the western series Laramie, these past couple of months.
     
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    Fine thread!

    Definitely the darkest show on TV at the time, or for years afterward.

    Lots of sadists fell to Lucas's Winchester. The local marshal battled alcoholism and PTSD, zealot-brained avenging fathers came through the area determined to whip their children into salvation, kidnappers nabbed Lucas's son and righteous young women left and right, psychos eager to shoot someone for blinking sideways buzzed in like rabid skeeters, etc. Lucas himself had ghosts and guilts, and Mark's mom having died young put a poignant pall over the whole thing. A real study not only in what and where the moral lines were, but what motivates people to do what they do. "The child is the father to the man" could be its motto.

    So it was one of the most intelligent shows, too. Like a lot of '50s shows, it was a fine study in parenting. Lucas puts all he has into being a guiding dad. He situationally modifies the balances between work and play, knows where to back off and let Mark make useful mistakes, when to weigh in with explanation and when to let time make meanings clear, helps Mark frame his own angers in honor + mercy, etc.

    Except for Chuck Connors' inerasable Brooklyn accent--kinda odd for a sodbuster supposedly from Nebraska!--a great show, indeed.

    Some great shirts, too!
     
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    What's green and carries a rifle?

    Mucus McCain
     
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    You sayin' all bad (white) guys look alike? Them's fightin' words, mister!
     
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    was he the guy who used a Winchester with a great big round lever?
     
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    That Chuck Connors was a MAN, he'd just reach down and pick up a full grown man and throw him over his shoulder, THEN reach down and pick up his trusty rifle!
     
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    He was a really good baseball prospect.

    I think whomever made the wanted dead or alive "modded" rifle also made his.

    Both were must have cap guns for Boomer Cowboys.
     
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    Yeah, it would have been kind of cool if they had of at least given the bad guy a bye for an episode or two before bringing him back. I don't care, it's just cool seeing the Rifleman and his little boy in action together.
     
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    Yep.
     
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    I thought that was McQueen on another show.
     
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    My toy rifle wasn’t even close to as fancy as that one.
    It had the ring and every time you cocked it and pull the ring back you heard the sound of a ricochet.
     
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    Chuck Connors was one of the few who played not only professional baseball, but pro basketball!
     
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    uh-oh... now I got a problem!
     
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    The last time I saw Johnny Crawford he still had that baby face. That was not too long ago.
     
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    Future TV western star Chuck Connors appears in this classic episode as a gangly hillbilly who happens to be named Sylvester J. Superman. Arriving in Metropolis to seek his fortune, the clueless Sylvester answers a classified ad for the "real" Superman (George Reeves), and before long has been hired by a woman named Marge (Marjorie Owens) to deliver a lemon meringue pie to her fiancé Steve (Richard Garland), stationed at a remote Air Force weather base in Alaska. Meanwhile, gangster Leftover Louie (who else but Ben Welden?) has wagered $25,000 that he can convince his schoolmate Marge to bake him a fresh lemon meringue pie, even though she can't stand the sight of him. Inevitably, these two plot strands are intertwined, as a hopelessly confused Steve welcomes the vacuous Sylvester, a gun-toting Louie, and the honest-to-goodness Superman into his tiny snowbound shack!
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