The Rifleman (1958–1963)
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The Silent Knife 

Mark and Lucas help a young man muted by a traumatic past.


Don Medford


John Wilder (story), Douglas Stevens (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Connors ... Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ... Mark McCain
Paul Fix ... Micah Torrance (credit only)
Brad Weston Brad Weston ... Mark C
Robert B. Williams ... Mike Harrison
Bill Quinn ... Frank Sweeney
James Chandler James Chandler ... Harvey Andrews
Wallace Earl Laven Wallace Earl Laven ... Myrtle (as Amanda Ames)
Richard Devon ... Ben Macowan


Mark meets a young man who likewise is named Mark. This Mark is mute, showing Mark McCain a scar on his throat, showing that he has long ago had his ability to speak cut out of him. Since then, Mark learns, his friend Mark has let his knife speak for him. A town bully mocks his buckskin-clad Indian appearance, and goads him into several fights. Lucas must find a way to help the young man move past his silent but potentially deadly rage bottled up inside. Written by Charles Delacroix

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stage | bully | mute | knife | bigotry | See All (8) »


Family | Western





Release Date:

20 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is one of the few times in the series when Lucas doesn't use his rifle. See more »


The store is operated by Myrtle, played by Wallace Earl Laven. No mention is made of Milly, who had bought the general store from Hattie earlier in Season 3. Milly would return the following week in The Rifleman: Miss Bertie, and appear several more times until the series ending. Laven appeared as Myrle twice, here and in the Season 2 finale. She appeared a total of 5 times, with the other 3 as different characters. See more »

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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A nice story that did not play as well as expected.
15 March 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

When a unintelligent mute man comes riding into North Fork, the town ruffian, Ben Macowan, starts picking on the outback dressed young man. The mute, who we will soon known as Mark C and is handy with a knife, seems to have a chip on his shoulder and becomes upset with anyone that talks about him or his condition. It just so happens that Mark McCain buddies up with the Mark C and they start a friendship. But Ben Macowan will not leave Mark C alone.

When the stage is held-up by a knife toting mute, all the townspeople are ready to get a posse up and go after Mark C. But Lucas believes there is more to this story than Mark C just being a thief. Lucas will ride out alone to find the true facts of why the staged was robbed.

Not the most exciting story in the season but is worthy of a watch. I assume we, as viewers, were suppose to feel sorry for the mute and get behind him in whatever he performed. But for some reason it just did not project on the screen. The mute had paths to take but seemed to take the wrong trail each time- this did not make for a character that the viewer can respect. But even with that flaw the story was still watchable.

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