The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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The Boarding House 

Sid Fallon tries to blackmail former gambler Julia Andueza into allowing him to use her boarding house as a gambling hall and saloon.


Sam Peckinpah


Sam Peckinpah


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Episode complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance
Alan Baxter ... Sid Fallon
Harlan Warde ... John Hamilton
Sarah Selby ... Agnes Hamilton
Peggy Maley ... Liz
Kay Cousins Johnson Kay Cousins Johnson ... Flo (as Kay Cousins)
Charles Fredericks Charles Fredericks ... Steve (as Charlie Fredericks)
Bill Quinn ... Frank Sweeney
Katy Jurado ... Julia Andueza


Julia Andueza has recently resettled in North Fork and has made quite an impression with her new boarding house and her great cooking. Lucas recognizes her however as a card cheat who 12 years before swindled a good friend of his out of his life savings. He confronts her and she claims to have turned over a new leaf and left her old life long ago. Lucas isn't sure he's prepared to give her the benefit of the doubt but when her old 'friends' show up in North Fork aiming to turn it into a gambling town, Julia shows her resolve and gains Lucas' support. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western





Release Date:

24 February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Mark is dipping his finger into the cookie batter bowl, Lucas walks in and immediately dips the middle finger of his right hand into the bowl. The next shot shows him licking the index finger of his left hand. He then dips the index finger of his left hand in but the camera cuts and shows him licking the middle finger of his left hand. See more »


Barney: Now, these civic leaders have decided our town can get along without any female dealers.
Liz: Ha!
Barney: Oh, we don't mind gamblers, so long as they're wearin' long pants.
Liz: We didn't cause no trouble.
Barney: Maybe you didn't rightly cause it, ma'am, but it seemed to occur 'round your vacinity regardless.
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Crazy Credits

Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his rifle and then stares into the camera. See more »

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Learning Lessons
7 February 2015 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

Though the story surrounding Julia is interesting and I have it practically memorized, my favorite is Mark at the table giving Ms. Anderson a stern lecture on country etiquette. He tells her his Pa learned him by whipping him. This is the only reference that I know of in all five years of The Rifleman that any physical punishment is shown. Lucas grabs Mark's ear and drags him into the other room, no doubt to show him some of that old-fashioned discipline.

I think it's sad that it's made clear later in the series that Lucas would never "hit" his boy. I've been told that the difference is a change of producers during the first season. Lucas became more gentle and loving instead of harsh and telling his boy to face the facts of life. I really wish they hadn't changed it because the first was more realistic...

Still, I really love the father/son relationship throughout the entire run.

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